Meet Your Brain

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body and it monitors and regulates the body’s actions and reactions. It continuously receives sensory information, and rapidly analyzes these data and then responds, controlling bodily actions and functions.

There are many ways to talk about the brain. The most straightforward way to categorize the parts of the brain is anatomically. There are also several ways to subdivide it functionally into regions and areas within these regions either according to the structure or function of the neural networks within it.

In education, the brain is the “most powerful learning tool that a student brings to the classroom” (CAST, Chapter 2, Introduction, What Brain Research Tells Us About Learner Differences). Scientists are working to learn more about how the brain works and how learners learn. To understand this, many models have been developed. In this module, the UDL model used looks at networks and interconnected networks.

Image source: http://www.idsia.ch/NNcourse/figs/brain.gif

To learn more about your brain, short and long term memory and the application to education, watch the video below.

 

Reflect on this quotation from Dr. John Medina:

“Our ability to learn has deep roots in relationships…our learning performance may be deeply affected by the emotional environment in which the learning takes place.”

  • What are the implications for the classroom?
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