our K*W*L model, here is what we know the brain loves. Build one of these
components per day into your lessons.
Brain generates 50-100K new brain cells each second between the 5th
and 20th weeks of life. Be age three, the
child’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s.
Neurologists tell us that there are 1000 trillion contact points in the
brains. We have to have something for all these cells to do!!!The brain has two sides: left
(organized/analytical/controls speech for 90% of the population-Dr. Marian
Diamond) and right (creative/global): Piaget noted that from ages
11-13 a self-consciousness begins to develop as the right hemisphere becomes
harder to access. The brain continues to grow and develop in more abstract
thinking until about 22.
corpus callosum which is the bridge between the left and right sides of the
brain is thicker and more fully developed in musicians as is the temporal
lobe of the cortex. This area of the brain is associated with language
processing and might suggest a link between language and music.
one of these components per day into your lessons.
What is NOT
here? Talk to your table family and decide what is not here....possible
answers....stress (80% correlation between stress and illness; the
brain learns best when it is not in high stress), negativity (turn to
the person next to you and say “You are SOOO good-looking!), lack of
purpose (we die 18-24 months after our purpose is over), boredom
(students disrupt because they feel bored), isolation (we will
remember 80% of what we talk about with others, yet what did we used to call
talking betweenstudents? Cheating! I say let them “cheat”
all they want BEFORE a test!)
to be added to this group? Possible AnswersPlay, Variety,
Games, Hobbies, Art, Veggie~Time
Stats from Dr. Marian Diamond, Magic Trees of the Mind