“Learning is about biology.” James Zull
I have been reading an intriguing book, The Art of Changing the Brain- Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning, by James E. Zull. Professor Zull is a Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University and the Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education.
Kolb’s Learning Cycle and the Brain
Zull correlates David Kolb’s experiential learning model with how the brain physically functions.
Kolb’s experiential learning model is a cycle of learning that begins with concrete experience. The cycle then moves to reflective observation, abstract hypothesis and active testing, which starts the cycle again.
The passage below is drawn directly from Zull’s … Read the rest
“Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange.” Robert Kegan
We know that children grow in stages (for example, we’ve heard of, if not experienced, the terrible two’s). Well, according to Dr. Robert Kegan, a former Harvard psychologist, adults also transition through different stages. Becoming an adult isn’t about learning new things, it’s about transitioning into higher stages of development and maturity.
Natali Morad describes these five stages:
- Stage 1 — The Impulsive Mind (early childhood). Here the
“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” Tony Buzan
According to Amanda Moritz-Saladino, in an article most recently revised in 2017, there have been at least ten big breakthroughs in the science of learning.
- More information doesn’t mean more learning. The brain can get overloaded, so, to avoid that, we can chunk information, build on positive transfer and eliminate non-essential information.
- The brain is a highly dynamic organ. Neuroplasticity means that the brain can grow new neurons and adapt to new situations at any age.
- Emotion influences the ability to learn. Uncomfortable or stressful learning environments should be avoided because they generate negative emotions, causing the limbic system to shut off access to learning and
“Physical intelligence underpins our cognitive and emotional intelligence.” Claire Dale, Patricia Peyton
No, this isn’t about starting an exercise program. And yes, this is the first time I’ve heard of it. But I thought it was worth passing on to you.
Physical intelligence is “the ability to detect and actively manage the balance of chemicals in our brains so that we can achieve more, experience less stress and live more happily.”
In their book Physical Intelligence, Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton explain the four key elements of physical intelligence and the brain chemicals associated with them. I’ve added in [brackets] the emotional intelligence element that may be influenced by the physical intelligence element:
- Strength: this comprises inner strength and
“My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.” Nia Vardalos
Welcome to 2018. I hope it is kind to you.
The media strongly encourages us to make positive changes in our lives in the shape of New Year’s resolutions. But Stephanie Vozza believes that the resolutions we make only reflect what we think we should do- not what we truly desire and are willing to put in the work to make happen. As a result, most resolutions are unrealistic and almost immediately forgotten.
Ms. Vozza’s offers an alternative in her article: Why You Should Make An Anti-Resolution List (And What To Put On It). She quotes Kate Hanley, the … Read the rest