12 Brain Rules Chapter 2: Survival

I didn’t find this chapter to be really earth shattering.  So here we go my three take aways:

1.   We have three brains.  That’s an interesting way of thinking about what our brain does for us.  I know I learned all this stuff in high school but it’s nice to be reminded.

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2.  Music has it’s own form of “dual representation” in the form of musical notation.  I understand that this skill is unique to humans.  But is it a skill we develop?  When should we really begin to stimulate it’s development?  When I started teaching I thought it was so important to teach my first graders how to read musical notation proficiently and SOON.  I spent many days trying to pound this information into their heads.  Some kids never really got it.  So should I wait to begin to teach this information till later on?  There were many things in math I never really understood for the first few years that they were presented to me.  Take multiplication for instance.  I could recite my facts tables and even did quite well in math all through school but I didn’t really grasp what multiplication was until the end of fourth grade.  But I was presented that information at the beginning of 3rd grade.  Did I need those 2 years of having access to the information before I was really able to fully understand it?

3.  Learning requires some emotional investment on the part of the student.  My students MUST feel comfortable around me.  This is a fine line to draw.  After all I must have control in my classroom for everyone to be safe.  I need to make sure my students feel supported in their learning so that they can operate at optimum efficiency.   I especially need to remember this with my tiny little Kindergarten kids at the beginning of the year.  They scare sooooo easily.

Brenda Muench

music educator tech specialist

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  1. Well I think I might just have to buy this book. The brain is a fascinating thing and pretty important for a teacher to have some understanding of, at least partly.

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