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Sep 26

Intro Quiz

1. After information is presented orally, what percentage is remembered after 72 Hours?

a. 5%

b. 10%

c. 20%

d. 45%

e. 65%

2. After information is presented oral including a picture, what percentage is remembered after 72 hours?

a. 5%

b. 10%

c. 20%

d. 45%

e. 65%

3. People usually forget what percentage of what they learn in class within 30 days?

a. 10%

b. 25%

c. 45%

d. 75%

e. 90%

4. On the average, people remember 7 pieces of information for how long?

a. 7 seconds

b. 20 seconds

c. 35 seconds

d. 65 seconds

e. 90 seconds

5. Adults can remember more than 2,500 pictures with what percent accuracy several days post, even though subjects saw each picture for 10 seconds?

a. 10%

b. 25%

c. 50%

d. 70%

e. 90%

6. Most adults can hold how many objects in their visual memory?

a. 4

b. 8

c. 10

d. 14

e. 17

7. On the average, when does college student lose attention in a lecture class environment?

a. 5 minutes

b. 10 minutes

c. 20 minutes

d. 28 minutes

e. 40 minutes

8. What percentage of improvement is noted in remembering words when they are placed in a logical, organized, hierarchical structure than words placed randomly?

a. 10%

b. 20%

c. 30%

d. 40%

e. 55%

9. A memory takes a long time to become a permanent memory. According to current research, how long does the brain take to convert a short-term memory to a long-term memory?

a. 6 months

b. 8 months

c. 1 year

d. 7 years

e. 10 years

10. When new learning occurs, a synaptic reaction occurs between two neurons and the interaction between the two neurons is temporally strength. If the receiving neuron does not get the same information from the sending neuron, the receiving neuron will literally reset itself to zero and act as if nothing happened. How long before the receiving neuron resets itself?

a. 10 minutes

b. 25 minutes

c. 60 minutes

d. 90 minutes

e. 120 minutes

11. Our early ancestors living on the East African savannah traveled appropriately how many miles per day?

a. 2 miles

b. 5 miles

c. 12 miles

d. 15 miles

e. 18 miles

12. Dr. Antronette Yancey has done brain activation studies that have shown that children and adolescents who are fit allocate more cognitive resources to a task and do so for longer periods. What cognitive areas did she discover improvement?

a. Better attention span and cause less disruptive classroom behavior

b. Feel better about themselves

c. Have higher self-esteem

d. Have less depression and anxiety

e. All of the above

13. The brain’s appetite for blood is enormous. The brain is 2% of the body weight, yet accounts for what percentage of the body’s energy usage, about 10 times what would be expected?

a. 5%

b. 10%

c. 20%

d. 30%

e. 40%

14. When the brain is fully working, it uses more energy per unit of tissue than a fully exercising quadricep?



15. The brain cannot activate more than what percentage of its neurons at any one time? More than this and the glucose supply will become quickly exhausted and you will faint.

a. .5%

b. 1%

c. 2%

d. 5%

e. 10%

16. As a result of testing over 1 million students using the state-mandated physical assessment FitnessGram, The California Department of Education has consistently shown that students with higher fitness scores also have higher test scores regardless of parental income or socio-economic status.



17. Which of the following activities before a test might help you to perform better? (You may choose more than one.)

a. Having a drink

b. Having a cigarette

c. Eating a candy bar

d. Telling yourself with great conviction that you are good at this kind of test

18. In a human brain, one neuron will fire spikes in response to all photos of Jennifer Aniston-except the one where she appeared with Brad Pitt-and did not respond to pictures of anyone else.



19. Your mother was improving your brain capacity when she told you which of the following things?

a. “Turn that music down”

b. “Go out and play”

c. “Practice your instrument”

d. All of the above

20. Which of the following is the hardest think your brain does?

a. Doing long division

b. Looking at a photograph

c. Playing chess

d. Sleeping



1. B  10%

2. E  65%

3. E  90%

4. A 7 seconds

5. E  90%

6. A 4 objects

7. B  10 minutes

8. D  40%

9. E  10 years

10. D  90 minutes

11. C  12 miles

12. E  all of the above

13. C  20%

14. True

15. C  2%

16. True:

17. D  telling yourself with great conviction that you are good at this kind of test

18. True

19. D  all of the above

20. B  looking at a photograph



Sources: Brain Rules by John Medina, Spark by John Ratey, and Welcome to Your Brain by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang.


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!