Our past experiences create our beliefs, feelings, attitudes, and thoughts about everything we encounter. This is known as our neural programming, the programming that ultimately influences our behavior or performance. For example, if a student has repeated negative experiences with math they soon develop negative beliefs and attitudes toward math. With enough firing of these neural pathways, they can become programmed to believe these negative thoughts in any math situation, thus affecting their performance. Similarly, when we create positive learning experiences for our students it produces positive beliefs and attitudes in them, which in turn rewire new programming and shift their behavior and performance.
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Poster – Shifting Student Beliefs
Big Brain Idea # 3 – Neurons That Fire Together wire Together (Level 1)