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Brain Rules (XII) — We Are Natural Explorers

Curiosity is crucial to progress and development. 

Do you agree?

Our ancestors’ curiosities helped them “see” the tiger behind the tree!  Curiosity told them to flee!  They ran!  Thank goodness!  We wouldn’t be here today if humans stood aimlessly amidst the wide open savannah!

Infants constantly experiment with their senses, touching and tasting objects within their line of sight.  Children and adults test people’s boundaries — all the time — wondering which behaviors are acceptable (or unacceptable) to their acquaintances.  (see Play By Rules, Rule #12 [4:00])

What about school and learning? 

How can we continue to capitalize on our curiosity — our desire to learn, problem-solve, and progress?

Dr. John Medina suggests:

  • Consistent exposure to the real world — combine theory with practice.  Students will get firsthand experience and an unobstructed view of how their newly acquired skills are practiced in their chosen field
  • Consistent exposure to people who operate in the real world — watch professionals in action!  Assist as needed.  Meaningful learning takes place when the brain connects theory with practice
  • Consistent exposure to practical research i.e., programs taught by professionals who are involved in the day-to-day grind but who are also trained to think, hypothesize, and implement studies benefiting the next generation 

No matter where I am in my life’s journey, I hope “I’ll never lose that sense of wonder.”

I’ll dance!  I hope you will, too!  🙂

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August 20, 2009 - Posted by | Art, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Book Review, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marketing, Mind, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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