designing an ideal educational setting

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Using the brain-based learning methods and research, create an ideal school or other educational setting. Present a 21st century school that is your unique creation without limitations in funding or resources.

  • Explain in detail the learning environment (building, resources, furniture, staffing), technology, and curriculum opportunities the students will have and how you will assess learning.
  • Back up your decisions with theory and research related to brain-based learning. Discuss the implications of brain-based learning concepts on student learning, teaching, curriculum design, and student assessment.


  • Uncapher, M. (2016, October 14). The science of effective learning spaces. Retrieved from Originally published 2016 ©; George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Resources for Developing Lesson Plans

You may find these resources particularly helpful as you design your lesson plan for Option 1 of the assessment.

Curriculum Design Considerations

This article provides a variety of aspects to consider (for example, alignments and coherence), as well as different frameworks and approaches. For the assessment in this course, consider how these relate to the brain-based research about how students learn best.

Developmental Theory

Dweck – Mindset Theory

Self-Perception Theory and Social Identity Theory

Brain-Based Learning and the Emotional Connection

  • Sousa, D. A. (2017). How the brain learns (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. Available from the bookstore.
    • Chapter 3, “Memory, Retention, and Learning.” Pay particular attention to the Guidelines for Teaching the Emotional Brain in the Practitioner’s Corner section.
  • Edutopia. (2008, February 27). The heart-brain connection: The neuroscience of social, emotional, and academic learning [Video]. Retrieved from Originally published 2008 ©; George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Experiential Learning: Kolb

Learning Styles

What are your thoughts on learning profiles/styles? There is research that suggests that preferred learning styles do not attribute to higher rates of learning and retention; rather, brain-based multisensory activities that promote student engagement do.

Multiple Intelligences: Gardner

Grit: Duckworth, Mathews, Peterson

Use the following resources to examine the role of “grit” in teaching and learning.

Intrinsic Motivation: Malone

Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow


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