After watching the videos: Brain Plasticity and Imaging/Development on the website: Changing Brains: Effects of Experience on Human Brain Development, I realized there is a lot more to teaching than standing in the front of the room and sharing lesson plans. How am I impacted by this information as a teacher?
Our youth are fragile human beings that require a lot more than most realize. Specifically, they require individualized attention in a collective world. Because the child’s brain is continually developing and as a teacher I have a great deal to do with the sensitive periods during that development, I must be both deliberate and considerate in my teaching method.
I want to see each of my students grow and mature to a healthy adult life and way of being. My greatest contribution as a teacher can only take place during the minutes I have them in my classroom. For me, those moments are precious. The deliberate actions taken must be positive and reinforce building a healthy brain. The activities we do in the classroom, the conversations we hold, and what I expose them to all play an important role in building a strong foundation for their future growth and development.