Brain research tells us that when the fun stops, learning often stops too. - Judy Willis
Support Good Teaching Practices with NeuroscienceMost children can't wait to start kindergarten and approach the beginning of school with awe and anticipation. Kindergartners and 1st graders often talk passionately about what they learn and do in school. Unfortunately, the current emphasis on standardized testing and rote learning encroaches upon many students' joy. In their zeal to raise test scores, too many policymakers wrongly assume that students who are laughing, interacting in groups, or being creative with art, music, or dance are not doing real academic work. The result is that some teachers feel pressure to preside over more sedate classrooms with students on the same page in the same book, sitting in straight rows, facing straight ahead.
Read what Dr. Judy Willis, neurologist turned middle school teacher, has to say in her book, The Neuroscience of Joyful Learning. And who knows? You just might inspire this type of reaction in your classroom:
Additional brain research which reveals the necessity of joyful experiences as prerequisites to learning can be found here and here.