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Brain Hacking 301: Understand How Your Brain Works And Use It

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That thing between your ears is a powerful tool. Do your students understand it? Do you? Do you truly know how your brain works and how it can be used to master tough concepts? Can you leverage it, and have your students do the same, to become better learners?

The infographic below explains and simplifies the process of leveraging the brain's two distinct thinking modes: the focused and the diffuse mode, to master difficult concepts. Much of the information is inspired by what I learned from a Massive Online Open Course or MOOC through Coursera and University of California, San Diego named "Learning How To Learn" developed by Dr. Barbara Oakley. I strongly encourage you to watch her TEDx Oakland University Talk on "Learning How To Learn." In my infographics, I combine what I learn with personal experience as a middle school and high school teacher to make K-12 learning accessible to all students.

This is the 6th infographic in the BRAIN-BASED LEARNING HACKS series I've embarked upon a few weeks ago with Infographic #1 about the science of sleep and learning. Each of the six infographics is fact and research-based and intended to be a resource for educators and students. If you are an administrator, please SHARE THEM WITH THE OTHER EDUCATORS in your building/district. If you are a teacher, SHARE THEM WITH YOUR STUDENTS.


This was Infographic #6 in the BRAIN-BASED LEARNING SERIES. Please check out Infographic #1 to learn how to Leverage Sleep to Maximize Learning, Infographic #2 to get Strategies on How to Fight Procrastination, Infographic #3 to maximize Memory Retention, Infographic #4 to learn about how to help students Make Sense Out of Nonsense, and Infographic #5 to help students become better Problem-Solvers, Innovators, and Creators.

Thanks for reading/looking and I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share it with other educators and especially young learners who can greatly benefit from this information. They might even like it. I will feature the seventh Brain-Based Learning Infographic: "Brain Hacking 302" in my next NEWSLETTER, so please SIGN UP if you would like to receive some tips on how to help your students become better learners.

And Remember: You have the power to change the world. Use it often.

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I founded Focus 2 Achieve to provide innovative classroom tools that empower teachers and help students achieve more success. In my first life, I am a husband, a father, and a teacher. In my second life, I spend time discovering what "really works" aka "best practices" in education, problem-solving, and creating products for teachers and students. I recently wrote a book titled "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom." It is a book designed for Students that uses brain research and brain based learning strategies to help student become better learners. The book can be used by Teachers to help students learn more effectively, and Parents to help their children become more aware of how they learn. 


I have a BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences and an MA in Teaching. I teach high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering and my professional interests focus on discovering and learning how the human mind learns and acquires lasting knowledge and skills, so that I can help my (and other) students learn more effectively and achieve greater academic success.


I am also a fan of the Jedi order (and use DA FORCE frequently), ninjas (both masked and unmasked), and the superhero in all of us. Oh, and I am on a Quest to Change the World, because I can. I believe we all can.

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