Tuesday, 27 May 2014

More on Brain Myths

For those interested

I draw your attention to Gerald Carey's Debunking Brain Myths.


Some of these Brain Based learning myths are well entrenched. But there is excellent progress being made in the understanding the neuroscience of learning.

Again, I encourage you to read;

Geake, John G. The Brain at School Educational Neuroscience in the Classroom. Maidenhead, England: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2009.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Mental Barriers to Learning

Mental Paralysis

Our own minds can hold us back without us knowing it.

Sometimes the cause may be immediate or it may be the result of experiences years earlier. Mental baggage that you have carried for years, believing it to be true.

Students often shy away from certain tasks under the misapprehension that they are not good at doing that. A mistaken belief that may change their future career path.

What are some possible causes ?

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Teaching Professionals

Marching to the beat

 Just how free are we to teach the way we would like ?

At the classroom level the highly experienced, teaching professional is often just viewed as a cog in the great machine of education. A machine that sets the rhythm and beat of our school year. A machine programmed by mostly faceless people.

The education machine's slow turning curriculum wheel relentlessly drives the cogs of the work programs which in turn spin the smaller, faster wheels of the lessons. We march to that tempo ! Our students bump along in lockstep. The work must be covered !

Could we break free and march to a different beat ?