Visuals and Understanding

I researched more about how the brain is affected by both music and literacy and found some very interesting points. I started by selecting images from google about how music affects the brain. I looked for headings, colorful diagrams, and relevant information and came up with three helpful photos. I then looked for images about how literacy affects the brain, which were shockingly a little harder to find. After weeding through a bunch of junk, I chose three pictures, again trying to find more colorful diagrams. I decided to create a power point to include all of this information because it’s easier to chunk the information by topic and put each topic on a slide. I also put a Venn diagram on the last slide to make it easier to see the similarities and differences between how music and literacy separately affect the brain.

I found it much simpler to look at the Venn diagram and read off the names of the different parts of the brain. If I were to read a book about this topic, it wouldn’t have been as easy to see that there are many similar areas of the brain that are affected by both music and literacy. I also think that it more is learned when you can see where the different parts of the brain are located in relationship to each other.

Visuals are definitely a useful tool to help certain students learn. Of course, everyone learns differently, so a lesson plan can’t just be made up of visuals, but they’re a fantastic aid. When I’m teaching, I will try to use visuals frequently, especially with the younger kids.

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Where am I? Where do I want to go?

I would like to explore the topic of how music and literacy affect the brain and how they are connected. By understanding this, I can know how to manipulate my lesson plans to produce better readers by way of musical knowledge.

Things I already know…

  • Music is one of the only activities that utilizes both sides of the brain at once.
  • Music helps strengthen the corpus callosum, which connects both sides of the brain.
  • Students who understand rhythm tend to read more smoothly.
  • Musicians tend to experience a more rapid development of their auditory complex, which perceives and analyzes sounds. A better auditory complex at a younger age provides for less frustration when trying to read and, therefore, more enjoyment of reading.

Things I want to know…

  • When comparing how the brain is affected by music and literacy, how much overlap is there between the two?
  • Are there any regions of the brain that are only affected by music and not literacy and vice versa?
  • What are the most used areas of the brain when trying to read or write?


Some resources…

A little bit about me…

Welcome to my professional blog!

I am Jess Gottschall. I’m from Rochester, NY and, yes, I have performed in the Eastman Theatre. I live with my parents, my older brother (who’s finally moving out next week), and my dog, Ruby. I began singing in chorus in fourth grade, although I’ve been ‘singing’ since I was two. I picked up the French Horn (which is actually not French) in fifth grade. Even though there have been (and quite frankly, still are) times when I want to throw my horn against a wall, somehow it’s become a focal point in my life. My dream is to not only teach high school band, but also to direct marching band during field show and parade seasons and the musical in the spring. Music truly saved my life, and if I can show others just how much of an impact music can make, my life would be complete.