Brain science: Including thinking skills and learning styles

Image: MRI scans of brain of novice meditator with pain by On Being of Flickr

The human brain is the body’s most powerful organ. The largest part of the brain, the cerebellum, is associated with higher level functions such as thinking and learning. These online resources will support your understanding of how the brain works; how we think and learn. SCIS 1525101


BBC

Part of BBC Scotland, this page offers information on memory and learning, and general brain function. This highly interactive site explores topics through step by step activities, articles, games and tip ideas for real life practice and result.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/brainsmart/


Brainways- De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats

Describes each of the Edward De Bono's 6 ‘Thinking Hats’ and gives links to other websites on the topic.

Suggested level: primary intermediate, secondary
www.brainways.co.nz/Chrisweb/Teacher/6%20hats.htm


How do we learn?

This Women’s and Children’s Health Network site offers descriptions of different learning styles, tips on how to improve learning, and associated topics.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=286&id=2963


Kids Health

This section of the Kids Health website titled ‘Your Brain and the Nervous System’ provides information on how the brain works for thinking and learning. Level appropriate content is organised under ‘Kids’ and ‘Teens’ tabs.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/brain.html


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the schoolwork site ManyAnswers use the search term brain.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz


Science Learning

This New Zealand science learning site offers information on all aspects of the human functions and development. Topic related links are provided to help navigate further through the site.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Uniquely-Me/NZ-Research/Understanding-brain-development


EPIC

Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides information on the brain. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Hudson hates school, by Ella Hudson, 2010 (picture book)
Ms. McCaw learns to draw, by Kaethe Zemach, 2008 (picture book)
The different girl, by Gordon Dahlquist, 2013  (YA fiction)

Video

The Learning Brain, The Learning Pod, Youtube, 7:01
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLYkV689s4