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How to Differentiate Instruction in a Brain-Friendly Classroom

You no longer have to be a neuroscientist to understand how your students absorb knowledge. This easy-to-comprehend guide pares down the vast field of neuroscience and covers the brain basics that affect your classroom the most—attention, memory, emotions, and stress. With a variety of simple brain-compatible strategies, you’ll see a measurable difference in your differentiated classrooms.


  • Review neuroscience research on learning, attention, memory, emotions, and stress.
  • Learn how to create a safe and secure brain-friendly environment that maximizes student learning.
  • Gain low-prep and high-yield strategies for assessing student knowledge, interests, and preferences.
  • Understand how simple changes in the presentation of your information can engage students more quickly.

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Chapter 1: Using Educational Neuroscience to Differentiate Instruction
Chapter 2: Creating a Brain-Compatible Environment
Chapter 3: Engaging, Exciting, and Energizing the Learner
Chapter 4: Exploring the Learning
Chapter 5: Extending and Expanding Learning for Every Student
Chapter 6: Evaluating the Learning
Chapter 7: Think Big, Start Small