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Brain Research and Education

Brain Research and Education

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I was just reading an article on how it is important for teachers to know the structure and make up of the brain in order for us as teachers to better be able to adjust our teaching in order to benefit our students and help them to learn. It states that teachers should be aware of the two distictive types of memory (Precedural and Declarative). The article advises that teachers become familiar with the brain, its parts and its function. What I would like to hear is whether we teachers should rely solely on the parts of the brain to influence our teaching? Should we look to appeal to different parts to teach specific lessons? Should we now design a course at Teachers Colleges specifically related to the brain and its role in Education? Im looking forward to reading your comments.

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Nicole's picture

I too would love to take a course and see how the brain actually works. I find it interesting to watch medical shows on TV to see brain surgery, but i want to know how one child's brain works differently from another child's. How can they be in the same class, getting the same information and one student understand and the other not have a clue what's going on. In one of the education courses I'm taking right now, we are doing a brief assignment that deals with the brain and learning. It's really making me think how my own brain works as well as my students.

Rebecca F's picture

Ameina, I was wondering if you'd like to share the article that you read. Was it online? I would like to read more about brain research and how educators can use this information to better understand and educate their students. We know about multiple intelligences and different learning styles, but there is so much more new, research based evidence that explains the complexities of the human brain.

Sherry_K's picture

I recently read an article dealing with this subject, how the brain works and the two types of memory that Ameina mentioned. It was very interesting the things that they are learning. It tells about how connections are made in the brain, that the more the different lobes and neurons of the brain connect the more structural change you get in the brain. Essentially the "neurons that fire together wire together". The article can be found at the following link: www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/forum/fall03/brain.html
Let me know what you think of the article.

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What did you think about the program FastForWord for dyslexic readers? The study was conducted at Cornell University. Has the program available to the general program?

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What did you think about the article on Fast ForWord? I believe the study was conducted by Cornell University. Have they made it available for the general public?

wendee casto's picture

I am so excited about this area of study! I had to read an article for one of my classes. This is the first one that I could not put down. I want to find out so much more about this for me, my children and my students. I can't wait to read more of these post!

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I learned along time ago if you think it, it will happen. In other words the brain is the tool that tells us when to eat, sleep, jump, run, etc... Therefore if we as teachers learn about the brain we can find ways to stimulate our students mind to think that whatever we are teaching they can learn it.

Elaine W. Allen's picture

I was fascinated by the article on Brain Research. It has given me an insight into the brains of some of my students and why they sometimes do the things that they do. I do however think that it is important to sift through what will actually work in the classroom.

Rebecca F's picture

Teachers are always wondering how students learn, why some retain more information than others, and how can we teach more effectively. Our teaching strategies are based on our own experiences and that of other teachers. If recent brain research focuses on education, we could take the guess work out of teaching and understand our students abilities and weaknesses better based on experimental results. I owuld like to know if anyone has used FastForword. Is it like other language prorgams, e.g. Rosetta Stone? I have a cluster of ELL students in my class and was wondering if they would benefit form FastForword.

Rebecca F's picture

Katrine, I have used Orton-Gillingham and I agree that it is a very effective program. I used it with kids who were below level whose reading comprehension and fluency were not at grade level. By the end of the year, I saw amazing results. I'm sure this program works the same way.

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