How To Work The Brain

Hunter Daugherty

"Exercise Boosts Brain Power"

  • Those who exercise tend to beat couch potatoes in tests such as long-term memory, reasoning, problem solving, etc.
  • Sitting in a classroom for 40 minutes at a time doing nothing but staring at a board, writing things down, and listening to a teacher drone on and on about something called the Pythagorean theorem, why not have kids be active for about half of the class time? A student who is having fun is more likely to remember what they are doing than a kid dying of boredom, and nothing is more fun than getting active while you're learning.
  • I challenge a teacher reading this to try it out, let the kids move around for a bit, have them experiment, learn hands on, and I will bet money that more of the students will remember what they did while having fun than the ones who sat still, almost asleep in the same class.

Relationships With Others

  • If you feel unsafe or unwanted in by a teacher, you will not learn as well as a student who feels happy and content with that same teacher.
  • Understanding how others work and learn is key to helping them succeed in a learning environment. If you see that a student of yours works better in groups, then find others who work well in groups and pair them together. Don't give in to all of their needs though, you should put them outside of their comfort zone a few times as a learning experience, but in the long run, have them feel comfortable in their learning environment.
  • Students who get made fun of in a classroom environment are less likely to focus on the task, and more likely to focus on the negative comments forced upon them. Make them feel confident, and give them support when it's needed.

No Two Brains Are The Same

School systems falsely assume that all brains work the same way, where in reality, everyone's brain is different. A persons brain is never the same as the person next to them, because everyone's brain form differently. When you learn something new, your brain literally changes shape and conforms to fit the information you just learned in your memory files. This is why no two brains are the same, and teachers need to teach each student as an individual.

Boring Is Not Apealing

  • If a student is bored, he or she will not pay attention to whatever is being taught, but instead will drift off and think about whatever they want to think about; Whatever interests them.
  • Teachers should try to make things interesting by incorporating music, experiments, memorable tasks, etc.
  • A 2 hour long lecture about ancient Greece isn't going to make me remember it, it's going to make me look something else up to satisfy my needs to be entertained, thus causing me to get off track and not intake any of the information handed to me, but if the information given to me by the teacher is entertaining and grabs my attention, then I will learn and remember it.

Repetition Is Key

  • Repeat things that you are teaching in timed intervals, this stimulates the brain to help it remember that specific information.
  • Do not say the same thing twenty times in a row though, that will just get on a students nerves and not want them to pay attention. Don't be an annoyance about something, but causally bring it up every once in a while.
  • Repetition helps students memory, so when assigning study homework, make flashcards, and tell the student to go through them a time or two. Each time they go through the flashcards, they are seeing the information again, and this plants that information ion their mind, making them remember it.

The Brain Intakes Information Differently When Stressed

  • The brain can deal with short amounts of stress, but when you feel like there is no hope left, then you start to work and learn less effectively.
  • If a teacher is giving you a load of work every night, and you know you won't be able to get it done, you usually stress out about it, and it would be fine if that stress lasted for less than a minute, but when you start getting behind, it eats away at you and you start to deregulate.

Stimulate All The Senses, But Focus On Sight

  • You can remember 10% of everything you read, three days after you read it, but if you add a picture to what you read, you remember 65% of it.
  • Vision means most to person, it is how we asses whether or not we want to court someone, and it also shows us who are threats based on size and how much they intimidate you.
  • Text takes many times longer to comprehend than pictures, because text comes across as a bunch of pictures set into letters that make words, and we have to put all of those things together, but a picture is just one picture, easy to see and remember.