In this lesson students sort their own experience of thinking into fast and slow processes. Based on this, they come to understand that our thinking is shaped through experience such that things we do often and regularly become easier over time.
Backwards Brain Bicycle
This video is about a bicycle that works differently than normal bicycles, and how challenging it is for our minds to learn how to ride this new bicycle.
With the help of this entertaining video, students observe and reflect on processes of human learning using the example of cycling. Riding a bike is a complex task involving many cognitive processes. However, once we have mastered them, we can execute them quite easily. What used to be System 2, or “thinking slow,” requiring focus and effort, will become System 1, or “thinking fast.” But our brains will then make it really difficult for us to ride a bike that works differently.
Students gain an understanding that our learning is shaped by experience and practice, so things we do often and regularly become easier over time.
- Teaching material type Classroom discussion, Video
- Subject Areas Biology, Ethics, Social-Emotional Learning
- Learning Goals Critical Thinking, Growth Mindset, Metacognitive Competency, Self-Regulation Competency
- Suitable Grade Levels 6-8, 9-12
- Concepts Cognition, Learning, Perception, Teaching, Thinking
- Content Anchors Our Mind