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Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning

Second Edition
  • Eric Jensen - Jensen Learning, San Diego, CA, Centre for Women's Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka


May 2007 | 136 pages | Corwin

"As an introduction to brain-compatible learning, this book highlights some important findings of recent brain research in an easy-to-read manner."
—Andrea F. Rosenblatt, Associate Professor, Barry University

Harness the transformative power of brain-based learning!

Thoroughly updated and revised, this best-selling book by brain expert Eric Jensen explores the key features of brain-based teaching and the most recent research on how the brain learns. Educators will learn about the parts of the brain, what constitutes solid brain research, the differences between boys' and girls' brains, and what types of activities can build retention.

The author presents a reader-friendly text with clear, understandable artwork to reinforce the concepts of brain-based learning. Also included are brain-compatible activities to enhance readers' retention, a complete brain glossary, and a section on the importance of action research.

This easy-to-read book is ideal for educators new to the concepts of brain-compatible learning and is organized into three simple, practical units, covering:

  • Background information to provide educators with a solid foundation in brain research
  • Seven principles of teaching based on essential brain concepts
  • Next steps to put the research and principles into practice

For both novice and veteran educators, this must-have guide provides an opportunity to make a positive, significant, and lasting difference in the way all students learn!


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I. Background You Need
 
Introduction
 
What Is Brain-Compatible Learning?
 
The Old and New of It
 
When Brain Research Is Applied to the Classroom, Everything Will Change
 
Change Can Be Easy
 
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
 
Where's the Proof?
 
Tools for Exploring the Brain
 
Ten Reasons to Care About the Research?
 
The Evolution of Brain Models
 
Be a Brain-Smart Consumer: Recognizing Good Research
 
Action or Theory: Who Wants to Read All That Research?
 
Excellent Sources of Research
 
Fun Factoids on the Brain
 
What's in the Human Brain
 
Brain Teaser
 
The Brain Divided
 
The Brain Connected
 
Brain Geography
 
Brain "Cell"ebration: Far-out Facts About Brain Cells
 
Learning Happens... But How?
 
Are Today's Kids Different?
 
Boys' and Girls' Brain Differences
 
Learning Disabilities: Different Brains
 
The Cranial Soup Bowl: Understanding the Chemicals in Our Brains
 
Part II. The Foundation for Teaching Is Principles, Not Strategies
 
What Are the Principles?
 
Principle 1: The Principle of Change: Brain Is Dynamic, Not Fixed
Implications for Educators

 
 
Principle 2: The Principle of Variety: All Brains Are Unique
Implications for Educators

 
 
Principle 3: The Principle of Maturation: Developmental Sensitivity
Implications for Educators

 
 
Principle 4: The Principle of Culture: We Have a "Social Brain"
Implications for Educators

 
 
Principle 5: The Principle of Connectivity: The Brain Is an Integrated "System of Systems"
Implications for Educators

 
 
Principle 6: The Principle of Memory Malleability
Implications for Educators

 
 
Principle 7: The Principle of Resource Consumption
 
Necessity for Processing
 
Part III. So What; Now What?
 
Asking Big Questions: What's in a Brain-Compatible Curriculum?
 
Brain-Compatible Test-Taking Success Strategies
 
Systemic Change: The Next Level
 
Big Picture Analysis: Transformation Happens
 
Action Research Makes a Difference
 
The Learning Community
 
What's Next?
 
Appendix A: Brain-Smart Resources and Support
 
Appendix B: Glossary of Brain Terminology
 
References
 
Index

"As an introduction to brain-compatible learning, this book does an admirable job. It highlights some of the important findings of recent brain research and presents ideas in an easy-to-read manner."

Andrea F. Rosenblatt, Associate Professor
Barry University

"A 'must' for practicing teachers and education libraries alike."

California Bookwatch, October 2007
Key features
Special features to the second edition include:
  • a brain glossary, from Acetylcholine to Wernicke's area
  • list of further resources on brain-compatible learning
  • brain-compatible activities for readers to help retention

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