Read the above article entitled:
Coming to our Senses: Incorporating Brain Research into Classroom Instruction
I think that the article promotes teaching children in a classroom of trust, safety and mutual respect. Utilizing techniques that offer the child opportunities to exercise their five senses promotes the greatest achievement! Here's a few highlights worth noting:
- Students placed in light blue, yellow, and yellow green and orange rooms increased their IQ scores by 12 pts. on avg.
- Red raises blood pressure, pulse rate, respiration and excites brain waves. It stimulates appetite. Blue tends to lower blood pressure and pulse rate - very tranquil. Yellow is the first color that the brain distinguishes and is associated with a certain degree of stress and apprehension, yet stimulates a sense of well being and optimism and positive feelings. Overall, researchers have found that bright colors increase creativity and energy.
- Full spectrum lighting is optimal for learning - natural light.
- The hearing environment - Some kiddos prefer complete silence to learn while others prefer a busy, noisy environment.
- Listening to music engages the whole brain.
- Peppermint and lemon scents are known to energize the brain. Vanilla, chamomile and pine are great for calming performance jitters. Floral aromas double the speed of learning.
- Stress harms the brain.