Positive Norms to Encourage in the Math Classroom:
Fresh neurons arise in the brain every day… Recent work, albeit mostly in rats, indicates that learning enhances the survival of new neurons in the adult brain. And the more engaging and challenging the problem, the greater the number of neurons that stick around.
I took the measure of the situation and came to the conclusion that rapidity doesn’t have a precise relationship to intelligence. What is important is to deeply understand things and their relations to each other. This is where intelligence lies.
In this excellent Ted Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth bluntly relays where we are in the science of education with regard to the single most important factor that determines success and achievement.
How to Increase Your Fluid Intelligence: According to an article in the New York Times, the answer is to play n-back games every day. That sounds fun. I’m going to do it.
You can make yourself smarter.
While I would never say that bilingualism makes you “smarter,” perhaps the more rigorous mental exercise demanded by constantly switching between languages and the multiplication of neural connections that must be established among thousands of words and word groups keeps the brain primed to operate at a higher level of efficiency.
The most harmful myth to achieving success, according to Matthew Sved in his recent book Bounce, is that geniuses are born rather than developed.