Brain Rules

Just finished reading Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School by John Medina. Medina is a molecular biologist and shares an informative and humerous account of brain science and how it might influence the way we teach and the way we learn. While I definately don’t agree with everything Medina says, and while some of what he shares almost seems to be just common sense, his 12 Brain Rules is definately some food for thought – especially for educators wishing to improve the learning experiences of their students.

In each chapter, he describes a Brain Rule – what scientists know for sure about how our brains work – and then offers transformational ideas for our daily lives.

Watch the 45 minute introduction to the book at The film really compliments the book well.

His 12 Brain Rules to live by are:

Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power

Rule #2: The human brain has evolved

Rule #3: Every Brain is wired differently

Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things

Rule #5: Repeat to remember

Rule #6: Remember to repeat

Rule #7: Sleep well, think well

Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way

Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses

Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses

Rule #11: Male and female brains are different

Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers

Also check out Garr Reynolds presentation on the book, Brain Rules. Garr is a leading authority on presentation design and delivery.

Brain Rules for Presenters

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