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Copy of Copy of Grow Your Intelligence 2: You Can Grow Your Intelligence

In this lesson, students examine evidence that practice makes perfect. Evidence includes 1. Skills they've mastered, 2. Michael Jordan's rise to basketball superstardom, and 3. the Juggling Experiment. This lesson is from www.roadstosuccess.org.

Rosemary Tyrrell

on 16 September 2015

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Grow Your Intelligence 2: You Can Grow Your Intelligence

You Can Grow Your Intelligence
Wrap Up
Discuss the following:
Juggling Experiement
No changes were found in Group A.
Then, all of the participants had another MRI to show what their brains looked
like. What do you think the researchers discovered?
But there were new structures in the brains of Group B, the jugglers. The changes happened in parts of the brain that process information about moving objects.
In the last step of the experiment, the people in Group B discontinued their juggling – no more practice.
Three months later, each person received one last MRI.
A few years ago, brain researchers at the University of Regensburg in Germany wanted to know if they could see a change in people’s brains when they learned something new. They decided
to teach people to juggle,
and observe the results.
24 MRI scans
The researchers worked with a group of 24 people. None of them knew how to juggle.
The scientists gave them all MRI's to see their brain structure.
The people were divided into two groups.
Group A: The Control Group
They would not learn to juggle. At each step of the experiment, their brains would be compared with the brains of the people in Group B.
What would you predict happened in the brains of Group B, the people who had once juggled and no longer practiced?
Would you expect any brain changes in Group A, the people who had never juggled?
Group A
Group B
For three months, the people in Group B practiced juggling. The people in Group A did not.
If you were going to design an experiment to test whether learning changes your brain, what would you do?
Practice Makes
Examples of Learning Through Practice
Warm Up:
How I Became an Expert
Name one subject or activity that you do well
(for example, math, basketball, playing the guitar, painting, cooking, or car repair).
describe how you learned it
List two things you've done to become better at this activity
This is a prezi translation of a supurb lesson that can be found at http://www.roadstosuccess.org/materials/facilitators-guides/grade-7
What scientific evidence do we have from the researchers in Germany?
You Can Grow Your Intelligence
Mysteries of the Brain Revealed!
Practice Makes Perfect
“Practice makes perfect!” Coaches say it. Teachers say it. And now scientists are saying it, too. If you’ve always thought that you were smart or dumb, athletic or klutzy, artistic or not-so-artistic, think again. It turns out that old “practice makes perfect” saying is true.

The evidence is all around you. Basketball players spend time in the gym, practicing passing, shooting, and defensive skills. Their coaches watch their performances and suggest ways they can improve their technique. The more they practice, the better they get. This works for school subjects as well - from algebra to zoology.
Build a Better Brain
It might surprise you to know that practice causes changes in the brain. Your brain has billions of nerve cells called neurons. To think and solve problems, your brain sends messages from one neuron to the next. Learning builds connections between neurons. When you practice a skill, you’re building these connections. The more you practice, the more connections you have, the better you get at the thing you’re practicing.

See the power of practice as real neurons grow dendrites in the video above. This video was filmed in the labratories at MIT and can be found at http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/9111-watching-neurons-grow
What happens to the nerve cells in the brain as learning takes place?
They would learn and practice juggling.
Group B: The Experimental Group
Juggling Experiment
Pair up and describe this learning process to a partner, allowing a minute for each to speak.
The changes are colored yellow to make them easier to see.
Experiment: a procedure designed to examine the effects of a treatment. Often two groups are compared. The first group is exposed to one kind of treatment, while the other gets another kind of treatment, or often no treatment at all. Both groups are observed to see if any changes took place as a result of the treatment.
Make a Flow Map of the Experiment
Write down your response to the following questions:
Patricia: Cooking, Practiced every day, 6 years experience
Victor: Painting, Practicing since 5, art classes, 13 yrs experience
Mina: Volleyball, practice after school, 2 years
Michael: Basketball, practiced every day, used his disapoints to encourage him.
Share your Examples
Intelligent Practice


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