One of the most fundamental concepts in brain-based learning is neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to organize connections between neurons. When a person performs an activity repeatedly, the neural circuits responsible for that activity become stronger and more permanent. As such, consistent practice represents one of the most important components of learning.
To accommodate the neuroplasticity of young minds, teachers should make sure to repeat important concepts and have students review material on a consistent basis. Teachers can also integrate new material with existing knowledge, allowing students to associate new neural pathways with circuits that have already been established. Finally, educating students about neuroplasticity can help students overcome the belief that they are “not smart” and that there is nothing they can do about it.