Special Section: The Teaching Brain
The Human Nervous System: A Framework for Teaching and the Teaching Brain
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2013 International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Mind, Brain, and Education
Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 2–12, March 2013
How to Cite
Rodriguez, V. (2013), The Human Nervous System: A Framework for Teaching and the Teaching Brain. Mind, Brain, and Education, 7: 2–12. doi: 10.1111/mbe.12000
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
- Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching
The teaching brain is a new concept that mirrors the complex, dynamic, and context-dependent nature of the learning brain. In this article, I use the structure of the human nervous system and its sensing, processing, and responding components as a framework for a re-conceptualized teaching system. This teaching system is capable of responses on an instinctual level (e.g., spinal cord teaching) as well as higher order student-centered teaching and even more complex teaching brain teaching. At the most complex level the teacher and student engage in a synchronistic teaching flow that achieves the optimal teaching and learning experience.