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  • AS FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, LEARNING SOMETHING NEW

  • MEANS REARRANGING THE WAY OUR BRAIN WORKS.

  • OUR BRAIN HAS AN ASTONISHING 100 BILLION NEURONS,

  • OR BRAIN CELLS, ALL CONNECTED TOGETHER.

  • LEARNING IS ABOUT CREATING AND STRENGTHENING PATHWAYS

  • THROUGH THESE NEURONS FOR IMPULSES OF ELECTRICITY.

  • BUT BETWEEN EACH AND EVERY CONNECTION IN OUR BRAINS,

  • THERE'S A TINY GAP CALLED A SYNAPSE.

  • FOR ANY OF US TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW,

  • THE ELECTRICAL SIGNAL HAS TO JUMP ACROSS THIS GAP

  • TO CONTINUE ITS JOURNEY.

  • THE GAP BETWEEN THE TWO BRAIN CELLS IS TINY.

  • BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S STRAIGHTFORWARD

  • FOR A SIGNAL TO GET FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER.

  • FOR US, IT'S LIKE CROSSING A DEEP RAVINE.

  • AND GETTING FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER

  • SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY WE LEARN.

  • THE FIRST TIME A SIGNAL CROSSES FROM ONE BRAIN CELL TO THE OTHER

  • DEMANDS THE MOST EFFORT.

  • AND IT'S THE SAME WHEN WE CROSS OUR RAVINE.

  • THE FIRST TRIP ACROSS IT IS THE HARDEST.

  • HAVING CROSSED THE RAVINE ONCE,

  • THE JOURNEYS ACROSS GET EASIER AND EASIER.

  • AND A SIMILAR THING HAPPENS WHEN WE LEARN SOMETHING.

  • TO START WITH, LEARNING IS DIFFICULT.

  • BUT AS THE SIGNAL CROSSES THE GAP

  • BETWEEN THE BRAIN CELLS AGAIN AND AGAIN,

  • WE ESTABLISH A MORE SOLID PATHWAY.

  • SORRY ABOUT THAT.

  • BY THE TIME WE'VE MADE THE CROSSING

  • OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IT BECOMES EFFORTLESS.

  • WE CAN DO IT WHENEVER WE LIKE.

  • WE FINALLY LEARNED SOMETHING. \r�

AS FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, LEARNING SOMETHING NEW

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