With the growth of brain imaging technologies and techniques the amount we know about how the brain works are expanding rapidly. The study of brain plasticity is demonstrating that there are things we can do at every stage of life to improve the way we think and live. Ultimately this new research provides the opportunity for everyone to understand their brain and enrich their lives. The excitement about brain research also gives rise to the possibility of fads and programs not backed by science. The need to critically think through and apply the emerging concepts of neuroscience and the ideas of brain-based learning make neuroscience a fertile Big Idea and provide opportunities for a compelling set of challenges for all ages.
The example challenge of “Master Your Brain” provides a starting point for investigating the field of neuroscience and then work to apply this knowledge to improve our lives. Explore this challenge or create another based on your brain based interests. The challenge provides the opportunity for cross-curriculum investigation and the exploration of social and professional skills and habits that lead to success. In the end, the more we understand how and why we think and act the better off we will be.
Big Idea: Neuroscience
Essential Question: How do we learn more about our brains and use this knowledge to live better?
Challenge: Master your brain!
Sample Guiding Questions
These are only example questions we encourage you to ask as many personal and contextual questions as possible.
*Once you brainstorm all of the questions organize and prioritize them.
Guiding Activities and Resources
These are only a set of example activities and resources and the learners will need to evaluate the quality of the content. They are not verified or necessarily supported, just examples. The ones that you choose should be in direct relationship to your specific guiding questions and context. Activities and resources for adults, adolescents, and younger children will be different. The goal is to develop solutions that mean something in your community and are sustainable.
Using the research findings from your Investigations develop a synthesis that demonstrates a clear understanding of the challenge. For help with creating a synthesis explore this resource.
Solution Prototypes – Using your research synthesis create multiple ideas for solutions and review each one to make sure your research supports it. Share the prototypes with various stakeholders and get feedback.
Solution – with the feedback from the stakeholders develop one solution that has the most potential for success.
Implement – Develop a plan to implement the solution with the stakeholders and collect data about the impact.
Evaluate – Using quantitative and qualitative measures determine if the solution is valid and what can be improved.
Throughout the experience take time to document the events and reflect on what is happening to build on prior knowledge and identify future questions.
Share what you learned with your local community and the world. Use #CBLWorld on social media.