You Can Change Your Intelligence

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Welcome to Week 5 of our book study!  We have been diving into best practices in the mathematical world and changing the way we, as teachers, and our students think about math!  Chapter 5 in Learning to Love Math by Judy Willis is learning about how brains develop and change.

What we learn through Judy Willis' expertise, is that brains have neuroplasticity, where they are constantly changing.  But, we have to do work in order for this to happen.  Neurons can learn to fire together and faster over time, and they can for new pathways to expand intelligence.

How do we do this?  The answers are thankfully simple.  It is all about the environment that we foster in the classroom, or at home with our own children.  We make it a safe place for mistakes, use humor (memes anyone?), focus alertness by learning to calm the brain, and cultivating great relationships with our students.

I love the focus on calming and distressing.  The classroom is often seen as stressful to student and teacher.  Teach calming strategies, meditate, give students processing time and preview material.  Number talks can fit this mold because it allows for reflection and it is a time to express oneself without judgment or criticism from others.

Give students the resources they need.  Calculators, tables, manipulatives, etc., can all decrease stress and increase participation, which builds neuroplasticity and knowledge!  "Practice makes permanent."

What will you do to encourage your students to increase their intelligence?  Let us know below and make sure to enter the giveaway (rules are here).  Also get a copy of the book here (affiliate links).


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