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Over past couple of weeks, I’ve discovered some very student accessible articles on what learning physically does to the brain, and I’ve added them to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning (you can also find links there to the lessons I use with them).
Thanks to kdwashburn, I learned about a nice piece in Lifehacker this week titled The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills. I’d probably just use the first eight or nine paragraphs.
One of the nice things about having several of these articles is that they can be used in one lesson for students to use as a “jigsaw” activity, or they can be spread across the year as “refreshers.”