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Tuesday, February 05, 2013


Michael Jordon is undoubtedly one of the very best Basketball players to ever live. But when he took up baseball he was a miserable failure. Ken Griffey Jr however played spectacular baseball. Why? When you learn something, your brain wiring changes. The brain is constantly learning things and constantly rewiring itself. Michael Jordon’s brain was wired for basketball. He spent many years learning the game, practicing, and strengthening the connections. Both basketball and baseball require athleticism but the skills are different. Violin players have very strange brains compared to non-violin players. The neural regions that controls their left hands are very complex while the area controlling the right hand looks much less complex. Brains are like muscles. The more activity you do the larger and more complex it can become. Whether that leads to more intelligence? Lol… that is another issue. We have a number of ways of being intelligent, many of which cannot be measured by a standard IQ test. The bottom line however is you can wire and rewire yourself with the simple choice of which musical instrument – or professional sport you play. Learning results in physical changes to the brain and no two are wired alike.

Infant brains are wired to learn, but that changes as they age. The author discusses kids in the classroom. Take a class of first graders and some look like they are just out of diapers while others look like mature little kids. Girls almost always appear older than boys. It is even more varied by junior high. The physical body develops unevenly from one person to another and that also includes their brain. What does this mean for our schools? Smaller classrooms are better where teachers can better determine where a student is and customize instruction accordingly.
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    Love this blog my dear Rhonda...we know this to be SO true. We all have gifts in different wrappings. I like to think mine is open mindedness and compassion. I also have 'hunches' about different people and where they are coming from when I first meet them. Most of the time I'm 'spot on'..........meeting you for the first time told me you were a beautiful soul...like I said...'spot on'! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 3/22/2013 8:44:06 PM
    We spent many years, towards the end of my teaching career, learning about what we already knew- we are all unique and there are all sorts/kinds of intelligence.

    My DD, a damaged 2 1/2 yr old when she came to us, never scored well on tests or did well in school, but is smart in so many other ways.

    I approach everyone I meet as a whole person, with strengths and weaknesses- pain and passion- just like me!


    1840 days ago
  • MSGO72
    Great post! If the folks in charge of funding public education would stop playing politics and follow the research, maybe we could stop the slide in performance.
    1841 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    This is so true.
    1841 days ago
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