The question for this blog post was: "What is an instructional strategy and/or teaching concept that you think is underused/underappreciated in the classroom and should be practiced more widely?"
In our response, we pointed out how teaching students about their brains can have a transformative impact in the classroom, but unfortunately the knowledge about how brains change during learning is traditionally not taught.
We stressed how rudimentary lessons about the discovery that learning changes the structure and function of the brain can engross students—especially when combined with instruction on the use of cognitive and metacognitive strategies that guide students to learn how to learn.
Marcus and I cited three strategies that teachers can use to inspire students with basic knowledge about their brains and how students learn:
- Teach students about brain plasticity by describing basic structural elements such as what dendrites, axons and neurons are and how connections in the brain create learning;
- Share information from brain researchers about how practice has a positive effect on learning; and
- Remind students that they are in charge of their learning, and teach them valuable learning tools.
We invite you to read the entire post at the Education Week blog.