Grow Your Brain (Dull Version)

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This is a typical (read 'poor') use of Power Point slides - a kind of "slideument" that lists all the text in bullet points, which cheesy clipart added to dress it up.

This is how the templates in Power Point will guide you to create your presentation. It's not far from what I would have done myself a few years ago.

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Grow Your Brain (Dull Version)

  1. 1. Growing Your Brain What Research Says about Brain-Based Teaching and Learning
  2. 2. Two Mindsets <ul><li>The brain is fixed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are born smart, dumb, or average </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can’t change what we are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligence is the result of our genes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The brain is malleable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are all born with the chance to be “smart” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our brains change in response to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligence is the result of exercising our brains </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Brain is Not Fixed <ul><li>We are NOT born with all the brain cells we will ever have. </li></ul><ul><li>The brain grows new nerve cells (neurons) throughout life. </li></ul><ul><li>A protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) stimulates neural growth (“ neurogenesis”). </li></ul><ul><li>BDNF levels increase with exercise! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Learning = New Brain Connections <ul><li>Learning new information creates new connections between neurons in the brain </li></ul><ul><li>New connections are slow & weak at first </li></ul><ul><li>Repetition and practice strengthen new connections, speeding up retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>Stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) inhibit this process. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Exercise Your Brain! <ul><li>The brain is like a muscle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As muscles grow stronger with exercise, the brain grows smarter the more you use it! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reading and learning exercise the brain </li></ul><ul><li>Give yourself a “brain workout” everyday </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learners Benefit from this Info <ul><li>Learners with a “Fixed” brain mindset: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equate failure with being “dumb” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are more inclined to cheat & lie about scores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel helpless and are likely to give up easily </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learners with a “Growth” brain mindset </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equate failure with not working hard enough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value learning more than “looking smart” or earning high scores/grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel in control of learning; motivated to study harder </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What You Can Do <ul><li>Teach your students about their brains </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce a brain growth mindset </li></ul><ul><li>Give students a chance to exercise (even just stand up and stretch/walk for 5 min) </li></ul><ul><li>Take actions to reduce stress & anxiety in the classroom </li></ul>
  8. 8. References <ul><li>www.brainology.us </li></ul><ul><li>www.brainrules.net </li></ul>

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