How does knowledge of the brain help us in the classroom?
Choose three to five of the following resources from the collection below.
Multiple perspectives ae important. There is no right answer. By listening to experts in various fields we make up our own minds about what is going on. We get to review our new knowledge against the Initial Thoughts that we brought to the table and make visible (for ourselves) how our thinking has shifted.
1. Dr. John Medina explains Hippocampus
Dr. John Medina recounts the story of H.M. - the man who forgot - and what it can tell us about learning and the brain.
2. London Taxi Drivers have larger Hippocampi
This brief documentary describes neuroimaging findings on the hippocampi of London taxi drivers that explain learning.
3. The Amygdala is a Hazard for Learning
Neurologist and educator Dr. Judy Willis explains how the Amygdala can be seen to interact with learning. (The part of this video important to this section only lasts from 1:25-3:00 of the video.) Video used with permission from Edutopia and Judy Willis.
4. Where is the Memory?
This brief Scientific American article summarizes research done on the location of memories in the brain.
5. The Frontal Cortex is critical for Self-Control
A short article from the US Department of Health and Human Services describes the "CEO of the brain", "important to attention and problem solving", and how it does not finish maturing until 25.
6. Brains are really not Computers
This article in Scientific American directly compares the total power of a brain with the total power of computers. Based on what you have learned so far, do you think this comparison makes sense, or is helpful?