Now that we understand how the brain works, and that it can rewire itself during learning, how can I apply this in my middle school science class?
An article by a neurologist teaching about the different parts of the brain and how the brain works. It describes the different parts of the brain and how they work.
Interesting article describing how the brain can rewire itself to fit its needs. The article gives two examples, one of London taxi cab drivers and one of a seafaring people from Thailand who's brains have been rewired to accomplish complex tasks.
A fascinating TEDx talk by Dr. Laura Boyd discussing 3 ways that the brain changes to facilitate learning.