Jensen says that brain research has shown us that nothing is set, and that is a message we need to pass along to our fourth- and fifth-graders. "All brains are malleable and have plasticity and the ability to change," he says. "That information puts them in control of how they do and where they end up."
If you visit Debra Jongebloed's accelerated enrichment classroom during test time, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to see one student finishing an exam standing up.
Eric Jensen, author of Teaching With the Brain in Mind, and president of the Jensen Learning Corporation in San Diego, says that offering that kind of classroom safe zone factors into enhanced learning. "Prolonged stress, or distress, inhibits the creation of new brain cells. Anything we can do to help make the classroom a less stressful place to learn is going to enhance brain function."
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