Not only does background knowledge grow in the brains of our students through their experiences, but the vocabulary words that are stored as a result of such experiences provide avenues to comprehend the curriculum from the text, as well as lecture and discussion. We can look at the work of Piaget (1970), who concluded that we organize information in our brains in the form of a schema, a representation of concepts, ideas, and actions that are related.

Schemata (the plural of schema) are formed in our brains through repeated and varied experiences related to a topic. As a neuroeducator, one who teaches students and teachers based on current brain research, I like to refer to schemata as those networks in the brain that we form, store, re-form, and restore through our interactions in the world through both experience and environment. It is the brain’s ability to change known as neuroplasticity that allows us to learn and form lasting memories (Doidge, 2007). Yet, as new evidence presents itself, the brain can change to accommodate the new information.


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 Teaching the Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core: 55 Words That Make or Break Student Understanding
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