We never stop learning in Life…we can always learn something. I continually learn from the children everyday – that’s why I talk about my class full of “student professors”… Today I learned something new in my life from an expert – John Joseph!! As a teacher I am continually seeking ways to improve myself, so I decided to attend the weekend workshop put on by John Joseph entitled “Learning with the Brain in Mind”. His knowledge and sharing has helped me push my own thinking about how to best help students improve their learning and knowledge (and also how to apply it to parenting of my own children!). At the end of the morning session, we made the connection of the Emotional Rooms and Four Worlds model to the brain and how it functions. As a way of connecting our World Two and World Three (direct experiences to indirect learning of knowledge), all the participants had a chance to dissect a sheep brain! I have never done this in my life, and wondered how I would react?? (This was my Emotional Rooms getting involved – for every concept there is an emotion attached). Well, it was with pure fascination (Orange Room -feelings) and a desire to experience hands-on (World Two, kinesthetic learning) with what a brain looks like… [tylr-slidr width=”500″ height=”500″ userID=”” groupID=””]http://www.flickr.com/photos/ismanilaes/sets/72157631593154913/[/tylr-slidr] So  I donned my surgeon gloves, picked up the plastic knife and started the dissection with my teammates! Wow, a new experience to say the least!!!! We found the pineal gland; we saw the “baby buttocks of the thalamus; we saw how the spinal chord fits into the brain stem; we saw the white matter and the red matter! At one point, I held that sheep’s entire lifetime of memories in my palm… Enjoy these photos (or turn your head, whichever Emotional Room reaction you have to the concept!!)