Explicitly teaching young people about the brain can have a transformative impact in the classroom.
When pupils understand that their brain has the ability to change and grow it increases motivation to learn, creates positive beliefs, and raises perceptions of what is achievable.
Keeping the idea of the brain’s malleability at the forefront of classroom practice offers a constant reminder than when pupils struggle with lessons, it isn’t because they can’t learn, but because they need more practice and formative feedback. This builds resilience – they keep trying for longer, recover quicker from setbacks, and are more open to taking on new challenges.
Here are ‘Building the Brain’ lessons (doc) that can be used to introduce ‘building the brain’ to your classroom.
Here are some brain and growth mindset (ppt) slides for you to use.