Discover more about emotions, learning, and the brain
All learning is emotional. Emotion and cognition are not separate systems, but are intricately connected. Knowing this fundamentally shifts the way we design instruction. Allison Posey is a design specialist who uses what we know about the learning brain to design for learning that taps into the power of emotion – so all learners can gain access to challenging and meaningful learning. Join her in this design journey!
Emotions active physiology, drive attention and memory, and inspire motivation. In this book, you will explore the central role of emotions for learning and reflect on how classroom strategies, such as Universal Design for Learning, can support emotions for learning.
To learn more, view a webinar, listen to a Podcast: ThinkUDL Engage the Brain, watch a conference presentation , or order the book: Engage the Brain. Take an online course (option for grad credit!) on Learning and the Brain!
Sometimes the biggest barrier to change is our own background experience and training. To support every student in our classrooms, it will require that we unlearn some of our “tried and true” teaching techniques so that we can trade-up for new ways of designing and facilitating learning. Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we can change our practice to design equitable, inclusive classrooms that support every individual to become an expert learner.
To learn more: order the book: Unlearning (CAST Publishing, 2020) or listen to a webinar (coming soon).
In this laminated guide, learn 6 key brain facts related to learning that every educator and student should know. Reflect on 8 suggested tips for teaching to integrate into your classroom practice.
To learn more: order the Quick Reference Guide
Other articles and resources
- Article: Leveraging Neuroscience in Lesson Design
- Article: How to Support the Emotional Link to Learning
- Article: How Emotions Play a Critical Role in Learning and Attention
- Article: Understand and Communicate about Emotions to Support Deep Learning
- Podcast: Think UDL: Engaging the Brain
- Article: What is Universal Design for Learning?
- Article: How to Break Down Barriers to Learning with UDL
- Article: Tips to help your child if they are “stuck” in remote learning
- Conference Presentation: Stories of how Students will Exceed our Expectations
- Webinar: Engage the Brain from publisher ASCD (free sign in required)
- Webinar: UDL in Higher Education from TextHelp (free sign in required)
Favorite resources related to Learning and the Brain:
- Online learning: Annenberg Neuroscience & Classroom resource
- Website: Neuroscience for Kids (good for adults, too)
- Website: Brain Facts
- TED talk: Embodied Brains Social Minds, by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
- Book: How Emotions are Made, by Lisa Feldman Barrett
- TED talk: The Myth of Average, by Todd Rose
“If we are not designing for emotions, we are not designing for learning.”
Allison Posey (@AllisonAPosey) is a curriculum and design specialist at CAST, a non-profit in Wakefield, MA, where she collaborates with educators from across the U.S. and internationally to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She works in a wide range of settings, from kindergarten to higher education institutions to informal learning environments – with the ultimate goal that learning is intentionally designed to meet the needs of every individual in equitable, inclusive ways. Prior to her work at CAST, she taught science in high school and community college, earned a certificate in art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Learn more about Allison in this Network and Learn interview with Bryan Dean.
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