My colleague Bob Albrecht says that he appreciates my recent free book on Brain Science for Educators and Parents (Moursund, August, 2015). However, he notes the book would be strengthened by the addition of practical, down-to-earth brain science content that teachers can teach to students and/or use at various grade levels and in various disciplines.
He is certainly correct. I don’t know what typical first graders know about their brains. Nor do I know what typical first grade teachers know about the brains of first graders and what they want first graders to know about their own brains. Furthermore, there appears to be little published literature on effective uses of brain science in the teaching and learning of the various disciplines taught at PreK-12 grade levels. For example, do teachers of social studies need and use the same brain science knowledge as teachers of mathematics or music?
In my writings, I frequently raise the topic of human brains versus computer brains. In teaching and learning, what can/should we be doing to make effective use of a combination of brains of human learners and teachers in conjunction with the “brain-like” capabilities of computers? I find it easy to make broad suggestions, but I lack the specific knowledge and experience to provide practical, down-to-earth recommendations to educators and parents.
Somewhat similarly, I have read and written about cognitive development, IQ, learning disabilities, and so on. But, I have had no experience in using my knowledge in teaching at the various precollege levels.
Therefore, I would like to use Information Age Education as a vehicle through which my readers will share their “practical, useful” knowledge about brain science as it applies to teaching and learning at the various grade levels and in the various disciplines.
What You and I Can Do
If you happen to come across good material that is available free on the Web, please share it with others and me. A link and a brief summary would make an excellent addition to our discussion.
I will organize the material I receive into a coherent collection, and use the material to start an IAE-pedia Web page. If you provide information that you want attributed to you, I will gladly do so. If you prefer to remain anonymous, I will use your ideas but not identify you as a source. Here are a few suggestions to help get you started.
- Share a story. For example, you may share a “fun” story about a child’s insights into his/her brain.
- Share a good article or book.
- If you are a teacher of teachers, create an assignment that asks your students to make a significant contribution. For example, the assignment might involve interviewing students or running a small discussion group of students providing their insights into their own brains.
- Share a brain science lesson you have used with students.
As another way to help the Comments aspect of this project get started, I have used a recent email message from Bob Albrecht as a comment to this IAE Blog entry.
Moursund, D. (August, 2015). Brain science. Available on the Web at http://iae-pedia.org/Brain_Science. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/271-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents-1/file.html and the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/270-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents/file.html.
Moursund, D. (August, 2015). Brain science videos. IAE-pedia. Retrieved 8/24/2015 from http://iae-pedia.org/Brain_Science#Videos_for_Brain_Science_for_Educators_and_Parents.
Moursund, D. (May, 2015.) Two brains are better than one. IAE-pedia. Retrieved 8/24/20q5 from http://iae-pedia.org/Two_Brains_Are_Better_Than_One.