The Brainology® Program

Brainology® raises students’ achievement by helping them develop a growth mindset. When students have a fixed mindset, they believe their intelligence is just fixed—they have a certain amount and that’s that. This mindset makes them afraid to look dumb and curtails their learning. But when students have a growth mindset, they understand that their intelligence can be developed. Instead of worrying about how smart they are, they work hard to learn more and get smarter.

Brainology makes this happen by teaching students how the brain functions, learns, and remembers, and how it changes in a physical way when we exercise it.

Note: This video demo is on YouTube. If your school doesn't allow YouTube, please see our interactive demo.

Through Brainology, students:
With Brainology, educators and parents:
• learn how to make their brains grow

• help students understand that they can grow their intelligence
• learn to use brain-wise study strategies to make this happen
• learn techniques to motivate students more effectively
• achieve more in school and elsewhere
• help students reach a higher level of achievement
• become resilient
• learn techniques to foster resilience

Brainology shows students that they are in control of their brain and its development. Most important, Brainology shows students how to apply this lesson to their schoolwork. It gives them a practical set of skills and strategies for tackling academic challenges.

Sample Brainology Excerpt

Who can benefit?

Brainology was designed to benefit all children, and it has been used successfully in classrooms and at home, typically by 5th through 9th graders. However, younger and older students have also used the program to great advantage.

The ideal school implementation setting is a whole school or whole grade level. The program has also been a valued component of programs targeting children with a range of learning disabilities, as well as of gifted programs. High performing students too can have fixed mindset tendencies that can lead to withdrawal from challenges and poor resilience in the face of difficulty. Every child can benefit by a better understanding of how the brain works, and the implications of that process.

In 2008, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) chose Brainology for their Innovative Program of the Year award.

How is it used?

The Brainology blended learning program includes the following:

  • about 2.5 hours of online instruction divided into an introduction and 4 instructional units
  • up to 10 hours worth of additional classroom activities

Implementation time and schedule are flexible. The recommended classroom time to allow for a Brainology implementation is from 7 to 12 hours over 5 to 16 weeks. You can view sample implementation calendars in the GET SET guide.

The GET SET guide is part of a wider implementation guide for teachers and parents included with the program that offers:

  • tools and tips for successful implementation
  • step-by-step guidance for each lesson
  • offline enrichment materials to reinforce the lessons
  • resources that can be used to support a growth mindset after completing the Brainology program

What's next?

Brainology Español, the program in Spanish, is ready!

We have also announced the Mindset Works® SchoolKit, which will become available mid-August, 2012. This effort is supported by the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences' (IES) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).

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