Breaking Bad Habits, With Neuroplasticity

faceplant“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

“Bad habits are hard to break.”

“A leopard can’t change its spots.”

Seems as though hundreds of years’ worth of sayings, adages and conventional wisdom tells us that once we’re set in our ways, change is practically impossible. When it comes to academic behaviors, such as disengagement in class or not turning in completed homework, bad habits can seem to be overwhelming obstacles to student success — for the teacher, as well as the student.

But what if our brains aren’t actually hard-wired that way? What if, with the right guidance, they can turn bad habits into good? Our friends at Sentis created this brief video to illustrate how our brains are constantly forming new connections and pathways that make it possible for us to create new patterns in our minds and lives. It can help your students get a metacognitive perspective on…

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