What Learning and Developmental Science Says about Optimal Learning Environments
Children’s environments, experiences, and relationships drive how they learn and develop. Because the brain’s developing structures and the expression of genetic endowment are sensitive to context, children exposed to stress and adversity can face tremendous obstacles in school, work, and life. But because the brain is malleable and context sensitive, educators can transform students’ lives by designing learning environments that nurture their skills and talent, buffer against and alleviate stress and trauma, and unleash potential.
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