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Thinking Skills: Brain-Based Approaches

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Recent research into brain function is inspiring pedagogical approaches utilising integrated thinking and learning techniques. Explore whole-brain learning in the classroom and the use of Mind Mapping as a brainstorming tool.

In March 2004, author Tony Buzan hosted a day of workshops and seminars introducing whole-brain accelerated learning techniques to staff and children at a Kent school.

This video discusses these multi-sensory approaches, returning six months later to find out how teachers and pupils were inspired at Charing School near Ashford.

The versatility of Mind Mapping, a technique for recording information and generating new ideas, is also discussed by Year 6 teacher Anne Plummeridge.

Meanwhile, headteacher Rosemary Olley explains the benefits of a cross-curricular approach, which seems to reflect the associative way in which the brain works. An educational neuroscientist discusses some of the foundations of multi-sensory pedagogies.

Part of the series: School Matters

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