Teaching and Learning Issues Within a Cognitive Context

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Distressed/Stressed Learner and Poverty/Homelessness/Hunger Stress is part of our lives that impact our daily life. Stress can increase the chance of sicknesses that will also affect our health. This affects our minds in our thinking and will generate physiological problems. There are many effects because of stress, and it certainly affects our ability to learn. There are current issues in the education field that are a problem and concern. The brain research in the cognitive process can help educators improve teaching and learning on these issues, which include the distressed learner and students in poverty, homelessness and hunger. Stress can be both good and bad. Good stress referred as eustress occurs in short burst that only last for a short time, when being moderately challenged, one may rise to the occasion. This type of stress releases chemicals such as cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine that will escalate our motivation, and strengthen the body. In contrast the bad stress referred as distress is when we feel threaten either physically or emotionally. For the student’s brain this can be not being able to find the solution to the problem, not having enough resources to solve the problem or having prolonged stress over experiencing repeated situations. When the brain is in distress it loses its ability to process things correctly because it poses a physical or emotional danger themselves. The area of the brain most affected by high stress is the hippocampus, which is very sensitive to cortisol. During the process of time, the cortisol will weaken the brain’s local memory and indexing systems and may narrow perceptual mapping (Jensen, 2008). For the distressed learner there can be so many reasons for their distress, from one’s own home, school to parents etc., anything that stresses the learner, this causes the brain to be on defense mechanism
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