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What science tells us about how we learn best

Science now confirms that learning is a combination of genetics and environment, emphasizing how environmental triggers activate genetic potential.The brain grows through experiences, which build synaptic connections that are either enriched with exposure or pruned with disuse.

The brain is a use it or lose it mechanism.

The brain wires what it practices and builds strength from the bottom up, so early experiences shape future outcomes. Children learn best in meaningful relationships with adults – whom children perceive – care about them.

Engagement and emotional safety shape learning. In their absence, cognitive collapse occurs. Educational fit matters in shaping a child’s brain architecture, and that fit is important from the first years of formal education through the college years.

 
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