How does neuroscience help us teach better?
You're exhausted as you watch your students leave your classroom. It was a rough lesson; almost the entire class was off today. Joey spent the whole class tossing crumpled up paper at Carlos. When reviewing material you had taught last week, only a few students remembered it. Just one student, Keesha, spent the entire class period engaged. She was not only focused but also clearly emotionally invested about the topic.
You begin to wonder: Do your students' brains cause these differences in behavior? If so, how? Are their whole brains different, or are specific parts different? Do problems in specific parts contribute to specific problems?
Here are three guiding questions that we will consider throughout this module: