I am excited to have a new outlet to share my experiences with educators and parents. In this age of information, the new discipline, educational neuroscience or mind, brain, and education science is developing rapidly. Being able to blog will help me distribute quickly the research and the implications this research has for teaching . I intend to write about the topics discussed in my books, share personal stories related to the topic of educational neuroscience, and share activities that teachers can use in their classrooms. Below is part of the introduction to my book, How the Brain Learns, 4th edition.
The human brain is an amazing structure—a universe of infinite possibilities and mystery. It constantly shapes and reshapes itself as a result of experience, yet it can take off on its own without input from the outside world. How does it form a human mind, capture experience, or stop time in memory? Although it does not generate enough energy to light a simple bulb, its capabilities make it the most powerful force on Earth
For thousands of years, humans have been delving into this mysterious universe and trying to determine how it accomplishes its amazing feats. How fast does it grow? What impact does the environment have on its growth? How does it learn language? How does it learn to read? What is intelligence?
Just how the brain learns has been of particular interest to teachers for centuries. Now, in the 21st century, there is new hope that our understanding of this remarkable process called teaching and learning will improve dramatically. A major source of that understanding is coming from the sophisticated medical instruments that allow scientists to peer inside the living—and learning—brain.
The human brain and how it learns has fascinated me for years. The emerging research on the brain is uncovering a treasure trove of information that teachers will find invaluable. Please join me on this blog in discovering more about how this information can impact the lives of teachers, students, and the way people think about learning.