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Reaction Paper – Teaching with the Brain in Mind
The human brain is highly organized and complex organ that forever adapts to its environment. It is responsible for most functions of the body andhighly complex processes such as learning. The brain is made up of billions of neurons and glial cells that each function independently and cooperatively to make connections throughout the brain. Thebrain is divided into parts that have generalized functions but a simple process may involve more than one part. For example, reading involves the neurons and interneurons of many parts including theoccipital lobe (vision), the temporal lobes (language), the frontal lobe (memory), etc. These neurons make connections called synapses that interchange information that allows the individual to see andread the words before them in order to comprehend these words, sentences and the reading as a whole.
Reading like any other function involves thinking and recalling background knowledge. Here,memory is vital for the individual to comprehend. Other parts of the brain are responsible to make these connections to memory which includes the hippocampus and the cortex. The presented information isprocessed and will or will not be stored in their long term memory depending on the individual’s interest and relativity to the individual. Synapses are created (synaptogenesis), some are lost(pruning) and others are modified to specialize an individual’s brain. These changes will make certain information easily retainable and other information more difficult to recall all depending on thelearner.
In order for learning to take place, a teacher must cater to the interests and needs of students. Motivation and engaging activities are also important to further aid students recall specificinformation and to retain information in their long-term memory. As stated by Jensen in his book, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, there are factors that dramatically influence learning – engagement,...
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