Friday, January 3, 2014

Let's Make 2014 THE Year For Positive, Practical Learning!

Welcome to my first blog in 2014!

Did you know that virtually every human brain has the potential to learn and change throughout the lifespan? In fact, researchers have now found that learning actually changes the structure and function of your brain.

So, whether you are traveling to a new place, learning new teaching strategies, reading a book, playing a new game, or stretching your mind in a new job, YOU are a learning machine.

In the past it was thought that brain development stopped in youth. At one time it was said to be the age of 12. In the few decades (with an emphasis on early childhood) there has even been confusion leading the uninformed to say that important development ceases even earlier. However, it is now known that in fact adults can even create new brain cells and make connections across the lifespan. So it is critically important to keep learning.

Over the next months, learners and teachers alike will find blogs about fascinating findings in the the fields of learning science, teaching, psychology and educational neuroscience as related to school and life. For now I'll leave you with a few practical tips for your exciting journey of learning, and over time we will go a bit more in-depth on each of the topics below ...

• Learn something new. For example, new professional skills, new study skills, a new language, or how to become an even better parent. New hobbies like paddle boarding, running, crafting, or mediation also grow your mind/brain system.

• When you can choose, surround yourself with people who have a positive orientation about learning and are curious.

• Generally speaking prepare your mind and brain for learning with ...

1. nutritious foods including protein, veggies and fruits, & fiber (calcium for bones etc)

2. exercise

3. sleep (7-9 hours for most) and

4. water (6-8 glasses)

More later, bye for now. I wish you joyful and happy learning this new year!

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