Superhuman or Normal Variation?

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Learning, Learning about Learning

This fascinating infographic highlights a few seemingly superhuman feats of the mind. While we do not disagree that they are amazing, we can’t help but think, “But, of course. With over 7-billion people on our planet, such variation is expected. Spend any time in a classroom and you will see such brains in development!” Which leaves us wondering two things: … Read More

15 Things About the (Human) Brain

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Learning, Learning about Learning

As we get excited for Brain Awareness Week next week, we thought it might be fun to take a quick look at our amazing brain. Below is an info-graphic from onlineschools with 15 facts you may or may not have known. Number 9 is a great reminder for parents, educators, and health conscious people — we think what we eat.

Fast vs. Slow Thinking — Brain Tricks

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Differentiated Instruction, Learning, Learning about Learning

Below is a clever and enjoyable video from AsapScience, about how the brain works in relation to systems the author dubs, “Fast Thinking” and “Slow Thinking.” You might think about these as instinctive vs. conscious thought. As you watch the video and engage in the exercises, you will probably see implications for teaching and learning. We wonder, how often we … Read More

Humor — It’s all in your head

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Higher Order Thinking

Humor is generally regarded as an important and valuable tool for sustaining engagement with students (in moderation, of course). But what is really going on in the brain when it comes to humor? In an article in New Scientist magazine, Daniel Elkan writes, Yet humour is a far more complex process than primeval pleasures like sex or food. In addition to … Read More