Science in teaching–Using your brain
Teaching well is both an art and a science. What is the science? It would probably take a year’s worth of blogging here to talk about all of it, but for me, the most interesting part is how our students learn.
How do we learn? How does the brain work? Certainly, there are as many types of learning as there are people, but the more we understand how the brain works and use this in our education, the better our students learn.
Things are being discovered in neuroscience that we can use directly in our teaching. This will make our lessons more interesting, entertaining, and effective for our students.
The best introduction to how the brain works has been the Brain Rules by John Medina. It summarizes years of study behind how the brain works and distills all of this down to 12 simple rules–the Brain Rules.
This is a books that I think every teacher would love.
Perhaps, for some people, summarizing recent breakthroughs in nueroscience and beahvioral research into 12 rules seems too simple, and perhaps that is true, but it is the simplification that makes it useful.
The 12 rules are easy to understand. Each is explained clearly, with examples for each. This simplicity and clarity makes them much more suitable to apply in our classes.
Mr. Medina’s web site for the Brain Rules book is well worth a look also.