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					 THE WAY THE BRAIN LEARNS BEST
1. The Brain shapes itself in response to the
   outside world. Five senses generate nerve
   impulses that cause brain cells to connect,
   forming circuits and networks.
   Therefore: connect academic material to
   concrete, sensory experiences:
   Sing, measure, talk, listen, write, build, draw,
   jump, run.
   Engage all the senses to learn academic
   material.
      2. The brain searches for meaning. Many
      teaching methods help the brain discover
                      meaning.
•   Link lessons with concrete, real things that
    engage the senses. Draw on things students
    already know, or create new experiences.
•   Ask students to organize material into patterns
    that hold meaning: webs, charts, diagrams,
    sequences, cause-effect connections, chunking,
    and outlining.
•   Engage in projects, problem-solving, service
    learning, discovery learning, and
    performances.
•   Question, make choices, accept responsibility
    3. Rotating the memory helps us acquire
        skills and make them automatic

•   Practice, review, repeat
•   Chunk information
•   Rearrange
•   Outline
•   Summarize
•   Use physical movement
•   Make things meaning full!
       4. Emotions are always with us

• We pay 3 to 5 times more attention to negative
  comments than to positive ones.
• The brain that is exposed constantly to negative
  feedback develops abnormal circuits.
• The frightened brain forces out reason.
 Therefore: Make your classroom a place where
  students feel valued, worthy, appreciated, and
  connected with peers who respect them. “I am
  accepted, part of the class, full of potential. I
  can succeed.”
    5. Memory decays rapidly. New experiences
            affect existing memories.


•    To keep a memory intact, review and
     refresh it.
•    Use visual aids, graphics, songs, rhymes,
     and simulations to refresh the memory.
6. The brain is a social organ. It demands that
    we live together harmoniously and
    cooperatively. Our biology demands
    positive relationships.
    Teach students to co-exist harmoniously.
    Invite them to collaborate, listen deeply to
    how others feel, and contribute to the well-
    being of others.
 7. Intelligence can be raised or lowered. It is not
       single, but multiple. It is not fixed, but
                malleable, learnable.
Everyone is intelligent in several ways. Everyone has brain
  circuits dedicated to at least nine kinds of intelligence.
• Verbal/linguistic
• Logical/mathematical
• Spatial, space thinking
• Kinesthetic (Motor coordination)
• Musical
• Naturalist
• Interpersonal, Intrapersonal
• Existentialist (Spiritual Quotient: SQ)
        New scientific claims:
• We all have these intelligences, they make us
  human, cognitively speaking!
• No two people , not even identical twins, have
  exactly the same profile of intelligences.
• We are all unique and interconnected with
  everything around us. The differences in
  theories between Newton, Einstein and Darwin.
            Three trust/facts:
1. Globalization, the easy move of human
   beings, money, fashion and globalize
   thinking is a fact. The whole world in coming
   is nearby.
2. The biological revolution, like this knowledge
   about how brains are working.
3. The digital revolution, virtual, fast and
   virtual realities. Its all to bee seen on the
   screen!
  The five Minds for the Future

1. The disciplined mind
2. The synthesizing mind, system thinking
   in school systems
3. The creating mind.
4. The respectful mind
5. Ethical mind
         The disciplined mind
• Working steady and improving yourself! Good
  is the enemy of excellent!
• Develop your own passion, talk in the school
  what is relevant, offer students the change to
  discover the meaning behind discipline.
• Going for being an expert in what you want to
  be/do, your profession. You have to work for it,
  discipline for the quality you aim for. Even a
  garbage man has his quality and can aim for
  discipline!
      The synthesizing of mind
• Every two of three years the information we
  can get is doubled, especially which is coming
  from the internet.
• Evaluate the information and give it a meaning
  full place, make students disciplined to
  structure this information.
• The good , bad and meaning full synthesis of all
  information. What if students read less books
  and don’t understand the meaning of what the
  interconnection between information is?
• System thinking in schools, the natural learning
  process.
           The creating mind
• Going beyond the known-thinking outside the
  box. Creative encourage, right or wrong. If you
  can see the whole pathway in front of you, you
  are probably going the wrong way!
• Good questions, new questions.
• Creativity on individual- and team level!
• Fostering creativity in the school instead of
  discipline. That is hard to believe, but new
  learning is connected with creativity of students
  in discipline to them self!
• The creating mind of a five year old kid is the
  highest level a human brain can reach!
        The respectful mind
• Diversity as a fact of live. At home , in
  school at your work! Don’t judge all the
  time the things which are not according
  to your mental model!
• Emotional and interpersonal intelligence
• Not just students- teachers- or parents
  alone. It is about inter connection/
  synthesis between these all!
• Respect is not only a person you made
  the choice for!
            The ethical mind
• What will/can I add to develop others.
• What does it mean to be partner in the
  community I am living in?
• Teach students how they can add something to
  the society we are all living in. Enlarge their
  time and place horizon.
• Make learning sustainable and train people for
  the tomorrow job! Awareness of that is for all
  teachers very important
• The ethical person is worried about his or her
  responsibilities.
• The role of formal and informal learning in
  developing these five minds for the future!

				
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