Literacy Brain ConnectionWhat is Rewiring
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
We begin with the most basic question: What is ‘Rewiring the Brain’? Up until recent years, scientists originally thought that the brain became stagnant and stopped developing after the first few years of life. This ‘hardwire’ theory was constructed on the belief that the neuron-to-neuron cell network within the brain was fixed and immobile, thus preventing the possibility of establishing new neural connections.
Today’s research has changed this paradigm from ‘hardwire’ to ‘rewire’ forever. Now scientists know that the brain is plastic and can continue to grow new cells throughout an individual’s lifetime. Neurons are capable of connecting to other cells as they blaze new neural pathways in the brain. Neuroplasticity defines the ability of the brain to restructure itself based on repetitive practices if done correctly.
This brain plasticity will occur only in an attending or focused brain, making paying close attention to what you are doing a requirement to successfully drive and strengthen neurologic pathways. We now know that YOU have the power to remodel and improve your brain.
No longer is it acceptable to have such high numbers of our students not reading at grade level.
According to the U.S. Department of Education more than 60% of K-12 school aged children are reading below the level of proficiency needed to read the classroom textbook. (SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1992–2011 Reading Assessments.)
Rewiring is Science, not just another educational product.
These students can learn to read, and all we have to do is learn how to present the correct information more effectively. We can help children learn by understanding:
- The brain can change.
- It can grow new cells.
- It can change the function of old cells.
- Focused practice will strengthen the cell pathways