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Reducing stimuli

I found the connection between the chicken getting its head cut off and students in the classroom very interesting. The fact that a chicken continues to run around after its head is cut off is due to action potentials no longer being inhibited, the spinal cord is no longer receiving inhibitory messages from the brain – it is dis-inhibited. How I relate this to students in my classroom, my special ed classroom in particular, is that when thinking of ways to engage a distracted or disinterested student, we often try to come up with stimulating tactics. But rather than trying to stimulate these student, perhaps we should investigate ways to inhibit or reduce stimuli that may be distracting them and therefore inhibiting their learning.

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