Brain Development in a Humane Environment
There is a great deal of current brain research that can be utilized to set up more humane environments for brain development. The needs of infants and toddlers are very important as this is the period of time when the brain develops most fully. There are "windows of opportunity" for brain development that must be addressed or lost forever. In classrooms, learning can be maximized if teachers are aware of "prime time learning" and "down time learning". Strategies for better teaching environments will include: short-term memory, working-memory, long-term memory; keys to motivation; testing; synergy; transfer of learning; circadian rhythms; wait-time; chunking; teaching to the whole brain; humor and positive feedback; problem-solving; and impact of music and the arts. Adult learners also have specific learning needs that if met, can allow the brain to function at its maximum potential. Knowledge of current research on brain development can allow persons to achieve their fullest human potential.
Keywords: Brain Development, Humane Environments, Learning, Teaching
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Arkansas State University