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Sep 26

MBE Quiz

Mind, Brain, Education science

Tracey Tokuhama Tokuhama-Espinosa has developed a Mind, Brain, and Education science quiz based on her meta-analysis of educational concepts and beliefs.  See how your principles and tenets align with documented research.  The answers are below.




Mind, Brain, & Education Quiz



1. Human brains are as unique as human faces.



2. All brains are equally prepared for all tasks.



3. Past information influences how we learn something new.



4. Making decisions with a ‘cool’ head and without emotions helps you think better.



5. People judge each other’s faces and tone of voice immediately and almost unconsciously.



6. There are “critical periods” for learning certain skills



7. Sleep is important for learning.



8. Nutrition impacts learning.



9. Stress impacts learning.



10. Humans only use about 10% of their brain potential.



11. Some people are more right-brained and others are more left-brained.



12. Brain parts work in isolation.



13. The brain changes constantly with experience.



14. The brain is highly plastic (flexible).



15. Boys’ & Girls’ brains learn differently.



16. Attention + Memory = Learning



17. Does retention of information vary by teaching methodology?



18. Students can pay attention for a full class period (40-90 minutes).






1. True, 2. False, 3. True, 4. False, 5. True, 6. True and False, 7. True, 8. True, 9. True and False, 10. False, 11. False, 12. False, 13. True, 14. True, 15. True, 16. True, 17. True, 18. False



Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!