I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

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

By Oskar Cymerman | @focus2achieve | BAm! Radio Network EdWords Blogger

That thing between your ears is a powerful tool. Do your students understand it? Do you? Do you truly know how it 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.

Focused and Diffuse Thinking Modes Infographic

Focused and Diffuse Thinking Modes Infographic

If you find the information in the infographic useful, consider buying "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom", which is a book I wrote to help students learn more efficiently and effectively using proven research based strategies.

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