Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ch9: Neuroscience of Learning

Pg. 375 Localization and Interconnections
I have always found reading and learning about the brain and how it functions very interesting.  First of all, I have to say I'm thankful to God who created me with a full functional brain. : ). Second, I don't consider myself either a left-brained or right-brained individual, because just like the rest of our anatomy, the brain sections are connected and function together, as a whole. Brain functions might be localized, but like the chapter states, the hemispheres work as a group.  Application 9.1 gives examples on how to teach to both hemispheres of the brain, stating that for students to successfully learn a concept, both hemispheres must be engaged, content should be combined with context. Which is basically what we've been learning all along in this course, students learn when they are motivated and engaged, when lessons become meaningful to them.

1 comment:

  1. It is important that we do recognize that it takes more than just half of a brain to learn. What I find fascinating are the stories you hear about people who lose the function of one half of their brain and the other half takes over some of those functions. I believe it is amazing that the mind is not limitless and that we are not chained to single minded thinking. The human body can change and the mind can continue to know what is needed to function properly. Even growing past what we think are its limits to compensate where we are lacking.