They Were Wrong
   School on the Brain
Ready for a
 quick math
  problem?
Multiply
8,388,628 by 2
How about a
kid who can tell
 you the exact
time of day?
Or a girl who can
correctly
determine the
exact size of
an object from
20 feet away?
>50 IQ
We really   don’t
know!
“If you wanted to
  create an educational
   environment that was
 directly opposed to
what the brain is good at
         ...
“. . . you would
probably design
something like a
modern
classroom.”

John Medina
Brain Rules
Birth of the present system?
They were wrong
“We need to care about the research
 and the evidence of what works. Not
 knowing this constitutes educational
 malpractic...
How will
educators of 2108
judge us?
Many teachers
may be unaware
   of new brain
       research
What is
learning?
Learning is the building &
strengthening of connections
between brain neurons
Pat Wolfe 2007
So what’s
memory?
Ability to activate previously
constructed connections
“The brain developed to solve
problems relating to surviving in an
unstable, outdoor environment and to
do so in near cons...
Can I eat it?
Can it eat
me?
Can I have sex with it?
What then . . . is
your job?
Convince a 13 year
old that writing a five
paragraph essay is
vital for her survival
How we do that?
Brain keeps
only 1%
What does
it keep?
Does new content connect to
something I already know?
Does new
     content connect
to a strong emotion?
Prior knowledge
The brain needs structure
How does your brain work?
You’ve got 20 seconds
Write the following number from
              memory
17766024365911
You’ve got 20 seconds
How’d ya do?
Declaration of Independence
Minutes, hours &
 days
• Declaration of Independence
• Minutes, hours & days
• Emergency number
1776
60-24-365
   911
Need something more specific?
Candy   Dessert
Sour    Flavor
Sugar   Snack
Tooth   Eat
Taste   Syrup
Content to self
Content to content
Content to world
Ready                Set                   Go                Whoa
What do I know?   What do I think I   What new informati...
Visual Discrepant Event Inquiry
When? Where? What?
Whadda got?
Emotion
Can be good or bad
Flight or Fight
This happens before “thinking”
occurs
This happens before “thinking”
occurs
“Bad” emotion
always beats cognition
Survival isn’t always about
physical threats
If you’re a kid, what are some
examples of non-physical
threats?
• Reading aloud
• Test
• Tornado, fire, intruder drills
• Teacher behaviors
• Negative social interactions (bullies,
  midd...
• Pop quizzes
• Family crisis
• Falling in love
• Group work
• PE locker room
• Not knowing the hidden curriculum
  and rules
What does it look like
when emotion is used in
a good way?
Civil War images
Video games
Whadda got?
“One reason why habits are so difficult
to dislodge is that we literally have
to rewire . . . the brain. It is much
more th...
Read more
Talk more
Plan purposefully
German Coast Guard and
brain research?
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  1. 1. They Were Wrong School on the Brain
  2. 2. Ready for a quick math problem?
  3. 3. Multiply
  4. 4. 8,388,628 by 2
  5. 5. How about a kid who can tell you the exact time of day?
  6. 6. Or a girl who can correctly determine the exact size of an object from 20 feet away?
  7. 7. >50 IQ
  8. 8. We really don’t know!
  9. 9. “If you wanted to create an educational environment that was directly opposed to what the brain is good at doing . . .
  10. 10. “. . . you would probably design something like a modern classroom.” John Medina Brain Rules
  11. 11. Birth of the present system?
  12. 12. They were wrong
  13. 13. “We need to care about the research and the evidence of what works. Not knowing this constitutes educational malpractice.” James Stronge 2004 What Works in Schools
  14. 14. How will educators of 2108 judge us?
  15. 15. Many teachers may be unaware of new brain research
  16. 16. What is learning?
  17. 17. Learning is the building & strengthening of connections between brain neurons
  18. 18. Pat Wolfe 2007
  19. 19. So what’s memory?
  20. 20. Ability to activate previously constructed connections
  21. 21. “The brain developed to solve problems relating to surviving in an unstable, outdoor environment and to do so in near constant motion.”
  22. 22. Can I eat it?
  23. 23. Can it eat me?
  24. 24. Can I have sex with it?
  25. 25. What then . . . is your job?
  26. 26. Convince a 13 year old that writing a five paragraph essay is vital for her survival
  27. 27. How we do that?
  28. 28. Brain keeps only 1%
  29. 29. What does it keep?
  30. 30. Does new content connect to something I already know?
  31. 31. Does new content connect to a strong emotion?
  32. 32. Prior knowledge
  33. 33. The brain needs structure
  34. 34. How does your brain work?
  35. 35. You’ve got 20 seconds
  36. 36. Write the following number from memory
  37. 37. 17766024365911
  38. 38. You’ve got 20 seconds
  39. 39. How’d ya do?
  40. 40. Declaration of Independence
  41. 41. Minutes, hours & days
  42. 42. • Declaration of Independence • Minutes, hours & days • Emergency number
  43. 43. 1776 60-24-365 911
  44. 44. Need something more specific?
  45. 45. Candy Dessert Sour Flavor Sugar Snack Tooth Eat Taste Syrup
  46. 46. Content to self Content to content Content to world
  47. 47. Ready Set Go Whoa What do I know? What do I think I What new information What questions will learn? do I have? do I still have about the topic?
  48. 48. Visual Discrepant Event Inquiry
  49. 49. When? Where? What?
  50. 50. Whadda got?
  51. 51. Emotion
  52. 52. Can be good or bad
  53. 53. Flight or Fight
  54. 54. This happens before “thinking” occurs
  55. 55. This happens before “thinking” occurs
  56. 56. “Bad” emotion always beats cognition
  57. 57. Survival isn’t always about physical threats
  58. 58. If you’re a kid, what are some examples of non-physical threats?
  59. 59. • Reading aloud • Test • Tornado, fire, intruder drills • Teacher behaviors • Negative social interactions (bullies, middle school girls) • Presentations
  60. 60. • Pop quizzes • Family crisis • Falling in love • Group work • PE locker room • Not knowing the hidden curriculum and rules
  61. 61. What does it look like when emotion is used in a good way?
  62. 62. Civil War images
  63. 63. Video games
  64. 64. Whadda got?
  65. 65. “One reason why habits are so difficult to dislodge is that we literally have to rewire . . . the brain. It is much more than just changing our minds.” Geoffrey Caine
  66. 66. Read more Talk more Plan purposefully
  67. 67. German Coast Guard and brain research?

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