In this video from Smarter Every Day, the host, Destin, demonstrates what really happens when you actually try to change your mind. I don’t mean when you switch to pizza instead of a hamburger. I mean when you try to change something your mind has done the same way for decades, like riding a bike. You will see the neuroplasticity of the brain in action, and realize that it takes a lot more work when you’re an adult than a child to create new paths in the brain.
Of course, you will immediately want to take the challenge of riding a backwards bike as soon as you watch the video. If you are so inclined, you can buy your own for $500 at the Smarter Every Day shop. There is a disclaimer, of course, that you will basically be paying a lot of money for a bike you won’t be able to ride…
I showed my students “Inside a Child’s Brain” and we all learned something from that short clip. The thought that a two-year old child has more neural connections than any adult is staggering, but reinforced our learning that if we don’t use those paths regularly they will disappear.
We also enjoyed “Brain City.” Comparing the brain to a thriving metropolis perfectly explains the interdependence of this system, and the difficulty we have isolating any one of its parts.
My short sampling of clips has told me that I am definitely going to enjoy this series!
Brain Curls is a website with a multitude of links to games that will give your brain a “workout”. My favorite game, so far, is “Wordies Time”, in which you must guess a common phrase based on the placement of the words. “brainFlex” is a good game for practicing your multi-tasking skills. I’ve always enjoyed figuring out analogies, but “Analogix” is a new challenge for me with the added pressure of time.
Check all of these games out, and more, on Brain Curls. Thanks to my fellow teacher, Kim Ball, for bringing this site to my attention!
My colleague, P.E. coach Sean Stepan, brought this to my attention the other day. Coincidentally, this has been on my mind lately – particularly as I am currently in the middle of testing very squirmy Kindergarten students for Gifted and Talented. I had been talking to several people lately about the need to rethink the design of the classroom, and this ABC News report fits in nicely with that idea.