My brain works differently than yours?!?

October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized by Alexis

According to Barton’s reading, “Creating Hybrid Spaces for Engaging School Science among Urban Middle School Girls”, young ladies tend not to identify in science education and face certain barriers that may prevent them from excelling in science. One of those barriers can be the lack of access to rigorous courses and another is the many societal pressures to not be classified as a “nerd”. Barton’s reading also claims that teachers most often ignore the students’ experiences and most importantly their way of thinking. I think that maybe it is the students’ intelligence that may get into the way of them comprehending material and excelling in the science classroom.

Many people believe that students do not put much effort into their school work or are set up for failure…. I think maybe it is just that they have a different way of thinking from you and I and that is the reason why they cannot do their best. I know that ¬†going through middle and high school, many times I could put for the same amount of effort as my peers, or even more, and my grades would never match theirs. Whereas, we could enter a social science class or art and my talent would flourish. It has been argued that people are born with different intelligences and learn differently; they comprehend things differently and used certain parts of their brain more than others.

So maybe it is not the case that students are not comprehending the material, or maybe it is. I do not think that all students are capable of excelling in science curriculum; it all depends on the way it is presented to their mind. If someone possesses a spatial or visual intelligence, then it is the teachers responsibility to present the material in a way to cater to their needs. It is also the teacher’s responsibility to test the student body in every aspect; logical, linguistic and spatial. I believe that they should try to incorporate different ways to teaching and not just stick to the book and notes.

If teachers came with the notion that my brain works differently than theirs and maybe I should cater to not just one mode of the brain, then maybe all my students would have more of a chance to achieve a broader understanding of their material.

My brain works differently than yours?!?

3 Comments

  1. I completely agree with you Alexis, sometimes teachers forget that everyone learns differently and they limit themselves by measuring a student’s ability by a score. This is such a hard topic to handle: Who can be a scientist? Those who naturally excel in science but lack a passion for the field, or those who have a passion but completely lack the necessary skills to enter the field. Can people be trained to become good enough scientists? Loved your blog :)

  2. You make a great point Alexis. My way of learning is completely different from the next person’s way of comprehending the world around them. I think here you shed more light on how some teachers get caught up in trying to assess students based on a score when all the while the students are just struggling to develop their own way of studying. I think it all boils down to who is willing to put in the time, effort and willingness to succeed despite the challenges you face like a teacher with a limited outlook on teacher strategies or a child with a parent not willing to put in the extra time to support their potential young scientist.

  3. Great thoughts ladies! I loved this conversation during class and I am glad that you continued it on your blog, Alexis. I also agree with Jasmin’s final comment about the various forms of support from parents– the capability for a student to learn in any setting takes into consideration not only their brain and how it functions, but also the teacher, the peer, the family, etc. the list goes on and on…

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