Thursday, February 5, 2015

How learning impacts the brain (Student guest post!)

Today I'm publishing the first post from one of my ESL students--his first essay this semester. We have practiced pulling evidence from the text, using academic vocabulary, and supporting main ideas with details. JCM completed his essay today, and here is his first "published" work. Please do leave comments for him!

Without further ado....

“How learning impacts the brain”
                                                      By: JCM
 Learning impacts the brain by helping you build up your intelligence. This is done by the process of tiny nerve cells called neurons that grow as you learn more stuff everyday. Many people think that on how much you learn it shows if you are “smart” or “dumb”. No one is born being smart or dumb, you have to develop it while you are growing. According to the article, You can grow your intelligence, “At first, no one can read or solve equations. But with practice, they can learn to do it.”.
 The brain is like a muscle because you can make it grow and get it stronger by exercising it, by practicing something to be better at it or learning something new. The brain doesn’t actually grow in size, what grows are the neurons that are inside the brain. The neurons have tiny branches connecting with other neurons and they just connect with even more cells while you are practicing or learning things. The brain cells communicate even more when they connect with alot more cells and that is what allows us to think and do things easily, with lots of practice of course.
 The data from the scientists shows that the environment of animals and children can make their brains stronger or weaker. They studied animals that lived in bare cages and animals that lived with other animals and toys. The bare caged animals had less neuron connections than the other animals that lived with other ones, they could solve more easily a challenge. The scientists also studied babies brains until they grew 6 years old. It showed that when they were older, their neurons had a lot more connections and communicated more. It was easier for them now to read or solve problems. I agree that the brain can get weak or strong because I stopped going to school and read less, so now it is more difficult for me to read or solve tough problems. So now I’m going back to school and going to try now to read more and study hard.You know what people say,” Use it or lose it!’. So let’s try to use our brain to be smarter, because it is going to help us in the future, to solve challenges in life as we live, and to have the brain always active.


  1. Dear JCM,
    I commend you on this post! I just read an article in the Wall St. Journal today about Mindets. It's starting to impact the way we all think about learning. I wish I knew all this when I was your age! Winston Churchill was already in on the idea: "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm"

  2. Does this mean that if we practice long and hard enough we might be able to accomplish anything we put our minds to doing? What do you and your classmates think about that?

  3. Constant exercising goes without saying to achieve the goals. Despite all the teacher are the masters of obfuscation your advice cast a light on it!