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Updated: Jan 21, 2021

It's long been accepted and recognised that any kind of learning must involve changes in the brain. More recently this has been termed neuroplasticty, and research in the later 20th century has shown that certain aspects of the brain can continue to be altered ("changed") even through adulthood (thank goodness!).

I’ve been reflecting on the new skills our boys have learnt and developed during this lockdown period, and I have to admit that I am impressed. We discussed these new skills together and acknowledged our gratitude for having this lockdown time to develop them, a great way to fire up some positive neuroplasticity.

They now know how to -

Make the best bacon and egg brioche burgers (inspired by The Somers General),

Make and then execute awesome bike jumps,

Spin fresh pizza dough,

Design and make a skate ramp,

Make yummy chocolate Muggins (quick muffins made in a cup using the microwave)

Be disciplined with getting school work done at home,

Do a wheelie (on their bikes),

Dry up the dishes (they have already nailed emptying the dishwasher),

Navigate Microsoft Teams with ease,

And develop various skateboarding tricks.

Have you learnt any new skills recently?

A developing brain (childhood) exhibits a greater degree of neuroplasticity than the adult brain BUT adults can still produce positive changes in the brain.

During this lockdown period I've learnt how to use and teach my classes via Zoom 😆, make a Baked Oreo Cheesecake (youngest's birthday request), seal a concrete floor and program Roomba the vacuum robot to vacuum our house (so helpful).

As always, I wish you all the best with your practice.

xx F

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Jo Chong Wah
Jo Chong Wah
Sep 22, 2020

I've been baking sourdough, making kokedamas and mounting orchids to rocks :-)

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