Brain Based Learning and Emotions

The brain functions on emotions. Understanding a student’s emotional focus during the learning process is important. In the course of a lesson of about 20 minutes, the student’s emotional focus may change frequently.

The focus could be happy, sad, disinterested, very interested or thinking about something else. It is necessary to call your students’ emotions and attention back to the subject. Perhaps an unusual picture, video or sound track will break a negative focus pattern in the brain and make the focus positive. Sometimes just the simple step of standing up, stretching, and sitting down again brings the positive focus back.

What about water? Water is necessary for the brain to do its work. Students should have water available to them while they are learning.

Brain Based Learning is used in the Ed Sage School for grades 5-8. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now being accepted. For more information visit the website- Contact Beth Silver, Head of School, at 310-720-0390 or

Brain Based Learning at Ed Sage School

Brain Based Learning targets individual brains, emotional responses, and learning styles at Ed Sage School. Each student has an individual Student Action Plan that addresses how to help them with their learning needs. The objective is to develop students who are confident, independent learners.

The brain works on emotions. It is important for students to recognize what their emotional approach is to learning. Understanding attitude toward a specific subject or piece of assigned work helps a student focus, understand, and do well with the work.

Putting information into memory is important. There are two pathways to memory that students use. The first is a parts to whole learner. Here the student learns the pieces and then puts them together for the whole. The second is the whole to parts learner. Here the student looks at the whole and then learns the parts. Students vary their approaches to different subjects.

Ed Sage School is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Visit the website: for more information. To apply contact Beth Silver, Head of School, at 310-720-0390 or

Brain Based Learning-What is it?

Brain based learning is a way for students to learn information based on the strengths of their individual brains. The objective of the lessons is for students to put information into memory in a way that they can easily retrieve it.

There are pathways to memory. One pathway involves the sequence of how information is learned. Some students are parts-whole learners. This means that they learn about the individual parts and then put them together to form the whole.

Some students are whole to parts learners. This means they need to see the whole of the information and learn about the parts. Sometimes students will vary their approaches depending upon the subject matter being learned.

Have a student struggling with memory? Get immediate help. Contact Beth Silver at 310-720-0390 or

Brain Based Learning

Brain Based Learning is a method in which the assets of the individual’s brain are used. One area of brain based learning works with students’ learning styles.

Students use a combination of learning styles. The basic ones are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. There are more categories, but I use these most often with my students.

The auditory learner is the one who can listen and learn the information immediately. The visual learner needs to see a picture, diagram, sketch, or cartoon of information to remember it. The kinesthetic learner needs to be able to see a picture, trace it, hold it, or reproduce it to learn the information.

Instruction should include all of these types of learners. What kind is your student?

Have a struggling student? Brain Based Learning and identifying learning styles are available. Get immediate help. Contact Beth Silver at 310-720-0390 or