One of the craziest parts of this comes when after mastering the backward brain bike he tries to ride a regular bike again. He cannot do it. He cannot stay on the bike. With lots of people watching and laughing, he ties and tries. After twenty minutes, something clicks and he has it again. His brain had to relearn what was unlearned.
In this learning, unlearning and relearning process Destin learned that knowledge does not equal understanding. He could conceptualize how to ride the backward bike, but until he trained or created a new neural pathway, he could not ride. Destin says, "You are looking at the world with a bias whether you think you are or not."
What does this mean to my students? I wonder how often I have been satisfied with the knowledge and didn't work for the understanding. I thought I knew how to study and learn in school, but as I continued on into college, I discovered that I needed to relearn somethings. As a teacher I need to provide opportunities to my students to relearn and understand. Very often in my class I encounter, especially at the beginning of the year, student who say, "I'm just not good at science." This is not true. That student just hasn't put in the work to retrain their brain. I can help them do that. The young have powerfully plastic brains that can learn and relearn, given the opportunity and the motivation. We can do it together.
"The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133." YouTube. Web. 31 Oct. 2015.