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Diagnostics and Root Cause Analysis... when your Product is People

Diagnostics and Root Cause Analysis... when your Product is People
The entire point of data-driven instruction is raising student performance. It requires that we that do something with student data  - and it starts with understanding how learning happens but then it has to move into the processes by which both first-time and targeted instruction can be more effective.
We’ve examined how the brain learns, but now need to figure out how to design highly effective and targeted instruction.
The classical Greek word diaginoskein is made up of the root word gignoskein(to know or recognize, from gnosis, “knowledge”) and the prefix dia(thoroughly or completely). The word has come into English as the word “diagnose.”
Diagnostic processes are investigatory: they analyze the nature of something and come to a conclusion about what has caused it to arrive at its current state, and be able to describe the nature and qualities of that state. This data is essential if your current state is not aligned …
Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, refers to the processes that can produce permanent changes to the brain. It means that the brain can constantly create new neural connections across the entire span of a person’s life as new information is learned or processed through sensory data, and in some cases repair the brain, as in responding to injury or disease.

Simply put, it is the ability to change or replace connections in the brain.  If this wasn’t a property of brains, we would be unable to have brain development, learning or growth from embryo to fetus to child and then into through to adulthood -  or to recover from brain injuries.
Only recently has science and medicine been able to confirm that axons (the long projections that grow out of neurons - every neuron has either one or none) can grow new nerve endings that can communicate to other healthy neurons and create new connections that replace the functions of damaged ones.
The idea that the brain can …

How the Brain Learns

How the Brain Learns
The brain is the center of the nervous system and consists of three parts – the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brain stem.
Within the brain there is complex network of connections consisting of 100 billion neurons, which communicate by chemical and electrical signals that cross the synapses between our neurons.  This network is made up of about one trillion connections. (The entire Internet has about one billion connected systems)
The cerebrum is the part of the brain where higher-order, or executive functions occur. It is the part most important to the process of learning. Higher-order functions are processes that control behaviors - including as the sensory functions essential to learning: vision, hearing, speech, touch, short-term memory, long-term memory, language and reasoning. It is the network in which stimuli is converted into learning.

The brain uses more energy and oxygen than any other single human organ, accounting for up to 20 percent of the body'…