Essential question: What is brain-based learning and how can it inform differentiation? 

challenge_ident2007bChallenge! I challenge you to outline three “ways of being” that will lead to ongoing differentiation and brain based learning in your classroom. 

brain-155655_640When we design formal learning environments, we make a choice to work with the brain, or to work against it. Certainly it stands to reason that the most effective and impactful learning environments work with the brain, allowing the brain’s natural process to take place so that learning seems almost effortless.

These environments aren’t “easy”. Quite the opposite – they must be rigorous to provide the level of challenge needed for motivation to occur; however, these environments tap into the natural inclination of human beings to learn. Therefore, you might visualize this classroom as a sailboat that is moving with the wind and current while a classroom that doesn’t engage in this sort of behavior is like a sailboat trying to move upstream against the wind. Which do you think will allow more learning to take place? Certainly we might have to take a longer way around if we go with the wind and the current; however, the speed with which we travel makes up for the extra lengths we need to go.

Reading –  Cite the following in your blog.  In addition, cite at least 2 resources of your own choosing: 

(Log into Egan Library first!)

Jensen, Eric. Teaching with the Brain in Mind (2nd Edition). Alexandria, VA, USA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), 2005. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 5 April 2015. Retreived from:

Chapters Three &  Eight

Jensen, Eric. Teaching with Poverty in Mind : What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It. Alexandria, VA, USA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), 2009. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 5 April 2015. Retrieved from:

Chapters Two and Three

(Do not check out these books or others will have difficulty reading them!)


Each week, between Monday and Friday, students are expected to post a response to the Essential Question for the week. Students then interact with others by making postings to their blogs and interacting in twitter. On Sunday, students are expected to post a reflection on their blog of the learning that they have encountered during the week.