Today, we started our work session discussing our progress to date. It seems that some of us are in a stall with the blog. I shared the experience that with my High School Orchestra students, about one third of them are “heavy posters” on or Fiddle File blog. The students who respond to prompts are the ones who have now begun posting topics for discussion.
The wiki is drawing some interesting exchanges. One of the HS freshman posted this last week:

Myelin Sheath

Feb 22, 2012 11:49 am
SK – I’m reading a book right now and it is very interesting. The book is called the Talent Code. It has to do with the statement “you can do whatever you put your mind to”. In the book it is scientifically proven that this quote is true, this all has to do with myelin sheath. The revolution of myelin sheath is built on three simple facts. (1) Every human movement, thought, or feeling is a precisely timed electric signal traveling through a chain of neurons- a circuit of nerve fibers. (2) Myelin is the insulation that wraps these nerve fibers. (3) The more we fire a particular circuit, the more myelin optimizes that circuit, and the stronger, faster, and more fluent our movements and thoughts become. This is related to anything we want to become good at and of course… ties into perfect practice. Here is a video of myelin just to give you a slight visual and if you are interested in this subject, check out the book Talent Code.

re: Myelin Sheath
Feb 22, 2012 12:01 pm
ZZ – Very interesting! I thought you make very strong points in your 3 facts. I also strongly agree with you in that practice makes perfect

re: Myelin Sheath
AMC – Feb 22, 2012 6:28 pm
I partly agree with you, but I also partly disagree. I want to change your statement to PERFECT Practice makes Perfect. This is because if you practice the wrong way, then your movements become more fluent, but you are playing the wrong way.

re: Myelin Sheath
TT – Friday, 1:10 pm
“Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown.”