Science, Education, and Science Education

classroom applications
October 15th, 2012 by Luann

The Learning Brain

Dr Chris Jernstedt from Dartmouth on Learning and the Brain synthesized something that I’ve been trying to apply for a while, now.  He breaks the goals of learning down into four areas:  knowing (facts), applying (classroom learning to life situations), recognizing (what classroom things are related to a given “life” situation), and extrapolating.  If all this student does is sit in class and “soak it in,” I think he/she will have tremendous difficulty doing anything but knowing (if that). Yet, it seems most students seldom progress past the “knowing” stage. There are many ways to help brain activity like solving puzzles to increase problem solving and even video games to help with decision making, a great game for that would be Overwatch and lots of people keep playing, especially after visiting http://overwatchsrpros.com/, and the ones who do have impressive problem solving skills and have no trouble at all making tough decisions.

Levels of Understanding

Levels of Understanding

There’s much research on brains and learning and such available now.

My colleague, Pete, has this interesting poster in his classroom. He made it, I think. It’s small.  He gives a copy to students each year.

He’s been working on a revision.

Then, we need to work on making this all authentic.

It’s at that point that students will buy in, and that’s the most important piece.

And that’s my current quest. Ideas?

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