The educator promotes neuro-truths and dispels neuromyths by identifying common neuromyths, developing an understanding of the research behind neuromyths and neuro-truths, recognizing the susceptibility of educators to neuromarketing and neuromythology, and self-evaluating current practices for evidence of neuro-truths and neuromyths.
This micro-credential forms one part of the research-informed framework for teaching Mind, Brain, Education science to educators and school leaders developed by the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. We suggest you complete this stack in the following order: (1) Neuroplasticity: Educators as Brain-changers; (2) Neuromyth Busting; (3) Neuro-truths in the Classroom, and recognize that this process is iterative.
If you can differentiate neuromyths from neuro-truths, you can help inform, validate, and transform how teachers, school leaders, and parents think about the science of learning. As with all MBE research, consider these neuro-truths in the context of your own school and your own students.
A neuromyth is a “misconception generated by a misunderstanding, a misreading or a misquoting of facts scientifically established (by brain research) to make a case for use of brain research, in education and other contexts,” according to Introducing Neuroeducational Research: Neuroscience, Education and the Brain from Contexts to Practice (Howard-Jones, 2010).
The items in this following section detail what must be submitted for evaluation. An educator will need to receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3 and meet the "Competency Met" level for their artifact of choice in Part 2 to earn the micro-credential.
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In answering these prompts, make specific reference to the resources you used in your responses.
Use the research and resources above to identify neuromyths and neuro-truths. Choose a neuromyth and corresponding neuro-truth and show how you would change your practice to reflect the neuro-truth OR how you would spread awareness regarding this neuromyth to your greater community. Possible artifacts include:
Meta-cognition, the act of thinking about thinking, is a critical part of the learning process. Use this Visible Thinking Routine from Project Zero to assess how your brain has changed by completing this MBE Neuromyth Busting micro-credential.
Before completing this MBE Neuromyth Busting credential, I used to think ________________ but now, after completing this MBE Neuromyth Busting credential, I think ________________________.
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