A renowned neuroscientist named Martha Burns has devised a list that illustrates how school teachers have a direct impact on the evolution of the adolescent brain. One of the main ways in which teachers have an impact on the developing brain is by something called proliferation. When we are first born, the proliferation of ourselves is mainly derived from the genes that we were born with. However, as time goes on, we begin to experience more proliferation through experiences such as storytelling, firsthand experiences, and different lessons. All of these roles are often taken on by educators.
- The ability to learn and exercise self-control are two brain capacities that are heavily impacted by educators, speaking to the effect they have upon their pupils.
- Proliferation, a brain process associated with early developmental cognitive building, is dependant on play and socializing activities.
- Proliferation creates new synaptic connections in the growing brain and also creates fiber tract connections.
“While we often don’t think of ourselves as brain changers, when we teach we have an enormous impact on our students’ cognitive development.”