Mind and Brain

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School

Chapter 5 “Mind and Brain”


Tim Guy


            This chapter offers insight into utilizing students’ prior knowledge as an important means to learning.  Teachers who negate what students already know about a particular topic are doing a disservice to both the student and themselves.  According to the author, learning as opposed to physical activity increase brain activity and size.  Teachers who engage students in discussions about what they know and scaffold that information to the desired goal assist the student to make those necessary connections to understanding new information and encourages them to seek additional information to add to this new knowledge base.