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How to stimulate the brain for better learning?

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Neuroscience has advanced in understanding how the brain works, allowing educators and parents to focus our energy and ensure better student learning.

Aligned with this avant-garde approach, Knightsbridge Schools International, KSI Bogota develops different lines of action that allow us to enrich each training space, we have a school neuropsychologist to strengthen the teaching methodologies of the teachers, to accompany to students and families in their individual process, taking into account advances that integrate knowledge in education and advances in the brain-learning relationship.

We use a combination of training programs and student-centered methodologies that stimulate their brain by generating connections and associations between linguistic, constructive, motor, sensory, and affective areas, required in dynamic and effective learning processes.

We have the recognized international baccalaureate program, our LIFE program for affectivity and well-being, and the computational thinking program. We are a completely bilingual school and we develop mindfulness in our activities, which allows us to offer our students a wide variety and an adequate balance in their training process.

These lines of action described are developed under the premise that to strengthen learning it is essential that the process be fun, allowing the student to understand and relate learning to their reality, their questions and their curiosity. When the student manages to solve a problem on his own initiative, a feeling of happiness and the consequent secretion of dopamine are generated, due to the success achieved.
Learning is an emotional process and for this reason the reward generated by achievement is fundamental. When the student understands and can properly apply what they have learned, it activates the nucleus accumbens in the brain, which allows generating a sense of achievement and strengthening learning.

Likewise, permanently stimulating the creativity and curiosity of students facilitates the development of essential executive functions such as planning, making decisions, detecting errors, as well as the possibility of creating new ideas and changing habits.

For the development of skills, knowledge and habits it is important to ensure that the learning process comes through different sensory channels and that it involves the arts, sports and games. Contributions to cognitive development from the arts promote, among others, sequencing processes, expressive and emotional language, and cooperative work. From exercise and mindfulness, social skills, initiative, self-knowledge and self-management are promoted. Games and the neurotransmitters involved in them promote social and communication skills.

Neurological studies have shown the benefits of bilingualism for cognitive development by facilitating mental flexibility, memory enhancement, improved abstract thinking, increased concentration, ease of problem solving, and greater social understanding.

At KSI, the groups are small, which allows each student to inquire, propose topics of interest, participate actively and take ownership of their learning process. We provide our students with spaces for their academic, socio-emotional, sports, artistic and technological development. We are certified as a Great Place to Study school, that is, our students are happy, which guarantees an effective learning process.

We invite you to learn more about how we make the learning process fun in our conference on experiences of cognitive development from play and the arts, at Expo Educar Colegios, on June 12 at 10:45 in the morning. Find us at Yellow Pavilion from June 8 to 12.

Translated from the article in El Tiempo


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