Every Brain is Wired Differently

Brain Rule #3 – Wiring – Every brain is wired differently — John Medina, Brain Rules, 2008 

Many of us like rules . . . we want the owner’s manual, the rulebook, or the rubric. We hear all the time, “just tell me what you want me to do.”


The problem with owner’s manuals, rulebooks, and rubrics is that they are static. Sure, the owner’s manual for your car will explain how to change the clock on the radio or provide the requisite tire pressure, but as humans we aren’t static. The human brain continues to rewire itself – and we do it without installing upgraded operating systems. The human brain physically changes; it literally rewires itself. To further complicate matters, no two people learn or store information in the same manner. How we live, what we do, and how we interact is a personal experience.


We live in groups, but we all learn and experience life differently. We must find ways to both share experiences, yet respect differences. We must seek opportunities to engage and interact with the appreciation that others may have a completely different lens. This is an imperative concept in all teaching situations. The rulebook or playbook is different for each individual . . . it is up to us to seek opportunities for connections.

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