What Your Brain Looks Like While Doing Math

brain scanA short time ago, the NY Times put out a fascinating story with pictures of scans showing what happens in the brain when solving a math problem.  They indicated four distinct steps: encoding (downloading), planning (strategizing), solving (performing the math), and responding (typing out an answer)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/29/science/brain-scans-math.html?WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=smartbriefsnl&_r=1

The steps themselves should come as no surprise to anyone who has taught math. Our lead instructor, Elayn Martin-Gay, has been teaching these steps in our award winning videos for over 20 years.  Science is just starting to describe what great teachers have known for decades and probably centuries.  I would like to see what the brain looks like during the fifth important step: checking the answer.

 

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