What does it mean to be "smart?"
This activity is intended to get even the youngest students thinking about what neuroscience can tell us about what it means to be smart.
I use this activity with my own second graders in the beginning of the year, during a unit called “Being Good Learners.”
To use this activity, simply distribute the “What is Smart?” sheet to each of your students. Students should complete the activity on their own, so that they can reflect upon their own views without talking to others.
Have students respond to the questions asked and then indicate whether they think that the statements in the table are true or false.
Once everyone has completed the reflection sheet, engage your students in a whole-class conversation about their responses to the questions. Be sure to discuss the correct answer for each of the learning statements and to challenge your students to think about what these statements tell us about learning, our brains, and what it means to be “smart.”