Scientists find how relaxed minds remember better is the headline of a recent article from Reuters News Service.
The article reinforces previous research that has shown people will learn more when they are less stressed. Here’s a quote from the article:
Stronger and more lasting memories are likely to be formed when a person is relaxed and the memory-related neurons in the brain fire in sync with certain brain waves.
In my book that will be published this month, English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work, I talk about some of this research and the importance of positive relationships — student/student and student/teacher — in developing a classroom atmosphere supportive of learning.