Amy Potthast | Instructional Coach & Designer | Learning Design Studios

Last night I watched Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk from 2008 (seems I am a bit behind the times) and loved it so much.

Taylor suffered a stroke in her late 30s, and because she’s a neuroscientist had a very unique perspective on the experience, even while her (left) brain was still hemorrhaging.

Here’s the talk:

After you watch it, what questions does it bring up for you?

For me, questions arise such as:

Implications for Icebreakers and Energizers?

If it’s the right brain through which we feel most connected to others and most aware in the present moment, and it’s the right brain that governs our kinesthetic experience of the world, what does that mean for things like icebreakers and energizers during adult learning experiences? Should adult educators persist in using them because we know they are useful — and because evidence suggests that exercise and movement enhances brain function?

…Even though some people resist icebreakers!

What energizers do you know of that are effective and not at all silly?

Implications for Meditation?

Is the goal of meditation to take the left hemisphere (the chatter of past and future) offline? For that matter — runner’s highs and coloring (yes, as in coloring books) and dancing in your kitchen to Brandon Bailey too?

Are there ways to momentarily help learners step away from self-conscious chatter during a learning experience?

What do you think of Taylor’s TED Talk, and what questions does it raise for you?

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