Increasing Brain Performance


    The human brain is an amazing, complex and adaptive organ, from which our daily
experience is constructed. Every day in classrooms around the world, teachers are amazed by
what the human brain can do (Jensen 2005 p7). Teachers can accept that all brains are a
unique product of interactions with different environments, generating a lifetime of
varied experiences.   Another way to put it is that your brain is dynamic and constantly changing
as a result of the world around you and the life you lead (Jensen 2005 p11). With all the changes
that occur in the brain, it is no wonder   neuroscientists, psychologists and educators are
fascinated with the topic of brain based   learning.   Brain-Based learning is a comprehensive
approach to instruction based on how current research in neuroscience suggests our brain learns
naturally. This theory is based on what we currently know about the actual structure and function
of the human brain at varying stages of development. This type of education provides a
biologically driven framework for teaching and learning, and helps explain recurring learning
behaviors.   Currently, these techniques allow teachers to connect learning to student’s real life
experiences. This form of education also incorporates such concepts as, mastery learning,
learning styles, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning, problem-based learning,
and movement education (Jeffery A. Lackney, 2009). )   If everyone truly believed that the human
brain could change structurally and functionally as a result of learning and experience how
would it affect educational systems? The purpose of this paper is to answer that question.

    For many years, teachers have believed that if students would pay attention in class, take
notes, and complete homework assignments, they would learn. Although some of this is true,
educators know that is not all it takes for students to learn. Learning is governed by a more...