For an example of this type of problem solving, go to the following site and think about how you are processing the text in front of you.
From this perspective, I don't believe the following articles hold any surprises. As I read them, they confirmed much of what we have believed for years, but gave educators a physiological basis for our observations. The new standards for the 21st century confirm and expand on this knowledge. Hopefully, we will be able to help our students develop the thinking strategies necessary for survival in a ever shrinking, information prolific age.
Taken from ASCD Smart Brief.
Research shows brain connections improve with reading practice
Students who practice reading can strengthen their brains -- especially the white-matter connections essential to learning, according to research by scientists at the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Researchers scanned students' brains, then enrolled struggling readers in an intensive reading program. Researchers again scanned students' brains, this time after 100 hours of reading practice, and found the training improved "not just their reading ability, but the tissues in their brain." National Public Radio (12/9) , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette(12/10)