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 http://www.brainrules.net/dvd. 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.