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7 Things Teachers Need to Know about The Relation between The Brain and Learning

Effective teaching is not only about mastering the content area one teaches but it goes beyond that to knowing the learning behaviour of students. A teacher can have all the knowledge possible in a certain subject matter but if he/ she can not transform that content to their learners then what good is that content for.

The core concept behind effective instruction is differentiation and adaptation particularly now that technology and digital media is taking over every facet of our life. Being able and ready to adapt your teaching methods to your students emerging learning needs is the key to a successful teaching career. Adaptation requires  thinking analytically about what goes on when students are engaged in learning. Some get the point so rapidly without the need for exhaustive explanations but others are slow learners and call for longer time.

There is something that goes on in each students mind when they are learning. As teachers and educators , to meet our students differentiated learning needs we have  to open a window into their brains and see how they work. This kind of dissection can help us target the right skills. In this regard, a rudimentary knowledge about the different parts and compartments of the human brain can enlighten our understanding about the brain. Below is a great graphic that sheds light on what each part of the brain is responsible for. I am inviting you to have a look and share with your colleagues. Enjoy


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  1. The picture is cute. You were very clever in defining those 7 areas. I believe most of the readers, however, would know you are referring to Learning Styles (Behaviors). At first glance I thought this article was going to stand up for the learners' rights to learning their way.
    But it wasn't long before I was found to be wrong. "your teaching methods", "your students ", "key to a successful teaching career", "others are slow learners and call for longer time", "we have to"...need I go on? It is no longer about US teaching THEM. It is about, all about THEM.

    We are all born learners, full of curiosity and the courage to explore the unknown.  When we hit that magic number 6 (for some 5 or 7) we start the training to become students and have it fairly well memorized by the time we are 8 or 9.  Many get lost during the "training", some even try to "escape".  Those are usually the ones you find at the principle's office or in an alternative educational program.  They're called non-conformists.  

    But something is going wrong.  Many of these nonconformists are finding ways to learn it on their own!  Or they find an educator who understands and trusts them enough to help facilitate them in developing a Personalized Learning Plan.
    We have gone through many revolutions, freedom for blacks, women's rights, gay rights.  Now is the time for learners rights.  Individual educators and organizations are gathering together to develop a tool us to facilitate learners, or allow us opportunities to become learners ourselves.

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