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.
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.