Brain Functions and Education

Is it important for Educators to know how the brain works?

Brain Functions

The Puzzle

The brain can be described as an intricate 1000+ piece puzzle. With all the parts on the micro and macro level, it takes many parts to make up a whole functioning brain. And though neurons are the building blocks, each part is essential to the brain. The different lobes and organs come together to create an amazingly intricate picture that is unique and intriguing!

Linking Brain Structures and Functions

Misconceptions and Educational implications

There are many ways teachers use the way the brain functions to inform instruction; however, a popular survey involves the understanding of whether a person is left brained or right brained. According to the text, "no single locals in the brain are responsible for vision, language, social behavior, or other complex capabilities" (Gredler 81). With this in mind, educators should be wary of using this as a diagnostic tool for understanding the minds of their learners.

Is it important to Educators?

Here is why understanding the multi-system functioning of the brain during complex activities is important to educators...

1. Hemispheric brain functioning lacks research to support it, we as educators should focus our time on activities that are based on research to help inform our instruction. We shouldn't feed into these "ideas" to deter limiting our reach because of focusing on differentiation based on left brained/right brained theories.

2. The brain processes information differently depending on the stimuli. Though it happens quickly, the relay of information goes through many organs on several different cell levels for each individual response. Again, this reminds educators that we can't rely on students brain to only work on a left brain/right brain level.

3. Another misconception to acknowledge and disregard is the belief that the blossoming of knowledge is limited to the age under 5 years old. Everyone can learn because the blossoming and "death" of cells is a continuous process.