Supporting Children's Learning: A Guide for Teaching Assistants explains all the key ideas on how children learn and how best to support children in that learning. Covering all major themes, this book offers an introduction to main theories of learning and development from birth to primary including brain and emotional and social development; an introduction to what motivates learners to learn, and how much learners understand about how learning takes place; a glossary of terms; and case studies, research summaries and tasks for reflection.

The Brain and Learning

The brain and learning

This chapter focuses on the brain and some aspects of early learning. You've heard the phrase, ‘you're amazing’, and so you are. What is truly amazing about each one of us is our brain. Think of the brain as the most sophisticated control system capable of doing all sorts of complex things at once. Its activity keeps us breathing, blinking, sensing movement, hearing, it enables us to move and, above all, to learn. This chapter looks at:

  • What is the brain?
  • What does it do?
  • Learning and the brain

What is the Brain?

Obviously, it is what is inside our heads. Enfolded in layers of membrane and fluid, the brain is soft, grey tissue. It is rather like a jelly in consistency so ...

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