Our brain and learning…

In reflection this past week, I’ve been watching your blog feeds as they stream in and noticing some of you are targeting similar authors and articles. I enjoy reading your takes on the information and to see if it differs than mine or if it’s similar. This entry will also be in my blog today if I am on your RSS feeds, tutoridtbysusan (https://riversendart.wordpress.com/).

So, I’m excited about the amount of material we’ve covered in these two weeks thus far and the activities we’ve accomplished – a new blog and RSS feed setup and lots of great discussions. I tutor English as a Second Language local to home. I’m am going to capitalize on my newly gained blog knowledge and start a blog and an RSS feed for ESL Tutoring. I know it will help me in my lesson planning and overall knowledge of the ESL world – you can kind of say that my brain has been “rewired”.

In The Best Brain Possible, (Hampton, 2015) tells us that in order for brain change to occur, we need to be prepared for this change, ready for the activity in hand. The brain will release neurochemicals for these brain changes to occur. Intense motivation for the desired learning outcome also positively affects the outcome. I was curious as to what changes actually take place. I know now that over time the strengths of the connections between the co-engaged neurons eventually allows a reliable experience that includes movement, cognitive patterns and sensory information. So, as we learn a new skill, our brains maintain a “log” of sorts to control this learning. Along the way the brain strengthens connections to continue to advance our mastery of this skill.

Hampton, D. (2015). Ten fundamentals of rewiring your brain. The Best Brain Possible. Retrieved 11 November 2018 from https://www.thebestbrainpossible.com/the-10-fundamentals-of-rewiring-your-brain/

 

 

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