Monday, February 9, 2015

DAY 6,7 Let's Look at our Brain

So, I should have given you a pop quiz on Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory, but I didn't.  As you now know, you are responsible for everything we do in class each day, even if you miss school for any reason.  The information from class will always be on the blog so you can always access it.  Also, I tried to teach you that the best way to study is to skim/scan your entire set of notes a few times a week, every week.  That constant repetition and practice, even though it's not intensive or too demanding, will most definitely help your mind form permanent and easily accessible memories and understandings of the information.  Try to get into the habit of doing just that, skim/scanning your entire set of notes a few times a week.

Today we looked at various functions of the human brain starting with a look at the old "science" of Phrenology - reading bumps on one's head.  Mine's nice and round like a cue-ball so there's not much inside to worry about.

Here's the completed "map" of the brain with a bit of information about various parts as discussed during class and in the PowerPoint Presentation on the Brain that we looked at today and that we'll finish tomorrow.

The reason that I asked you to take notes during my presentation and then afterwards I gave you a completed set of notes is so that your brain had to perform several more functions than if I had simply given you the completed set of notes.  By performing more tasks involving processing that information about the brain and its functions via my presentation you are much more likely to understand and retain more of the information.  You had to listen, see, interpret, ask questions, and finally formulate it all into your own notes - lots of work for your brain to process but now you will better understand and remember the information.

In addition to today's work on the brain you can have a look at the article, "Fertile Minds: How Our Brains Grow..  This article explains how neurons connect with each other in a developing brain and then what effect that might have.  And this is what we'll look at tomorrow.

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