What you believe about your students directs your actions towards them. What do you believe? Is it true? As teachers, we need to be careful that we are following best practices in our classes, online and off-line, and this includes these four popular myths about learning:
- Students will learn more if they are taught in a way that matches their preferred learning style (visual, auditory or kinaesthetic). There’s even a $5000 reward if you can prove there is such a thing. A list of good references here.
- People only use 10% of their brain (it’s wrong, but it helped make an interesting movie premise)
- Left Brain vs. Right Brain explains learning differences.
- Playing brain games makes you smarter
Don’t just take my word for it, see the support in this article below with more information on the four popular myths about learning:
Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked
For further reading:
- Edutopia: Neuro Myths: Separating Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning
- 6 Misleading But Popular Myths In Education
- Popular Science: Everything You’ve Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie
- 3 Common Learning Myths Debunked