Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Brain Rule #3

Every brain is wired differently.

Each individual's brain is wired specifically as a result of one's experiences and education. Brains are like snowflakes, no two are alike. Even identical twins, sitting together watching a movie will rewire their brains differently as a result of the movie. Each is sitting at a slightly different angle from the movie. One may have read a news article about one of the actors in the movie and may be referring to it while watching. Every nuance creates its own individual customization to the brain. Keep this in mind the next time you are demonstrating kettlebell techniques to a large class.

There are specific neurons in your brain that fire each and every time, and only, when you see a kettlebell. That's how specific our brains develop. People's brains develop at different rates. Our age-based, grade-level instruction in schools completely ignore this fact.

Therefore, when you are teaching, remember that our words or demonstration will register differently for different people. It is impossible to believe that they will all "get it" at the same time and in the same way. Be patient and do your best to figure out how each of these peoples' brains are working.

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