Brain Rules by John Medina
EIP Book Study by: Tiffany Collins
Review of Brain Rules by John Medina
John Medina's book all around is about how the brain works and how people interpret all kinds of things. John is a molecular biologist and he thinks that the brain sciences that scientists have discovered influence the way we teach our kids and how we work. There are twelve chapters in the book and in each chapter, Medina describes a "brain rule". These twelve rules have been studied by scientists and they tell us how our brains work. I do believe that the way each individual has a different way of interpreting a situation and will react differently from any other person. Like parents, teachers have an important role for teaching their students important concepts and all teachers teach different. Even all parents parent different from one another and some ways are more sucessful than others. It all depends on the individual person.
The twelve brain rules are:
1. Survival: The human brain evolved, too.
2. Exercise: Exercise boosts brain power.
3. Sleep: Sleep well, think well.
4. Stress: Stressed brains don;t learn the same way.
5. Wiring: Every brain is wired differently.
6. Attention: We don't pay attention to boring things.
7. Memory: Repeat to remember.
8. Sensory Integration: Stimulate more of the sense.
9. Vision: Vision trumps all other senses.
10. Music: Study or listen to boost cognition.
11. Gender: Male and female brains are different.
12. Exploration: We are powerful and natural explorers.
This video is of John Medina talking about how the brain works.
How does Brain Rules impact me as a learner?
How will I apply Brain Rules to my classroom?
Questions that keep running through my head...
2. Will changing the way teachers teach lessons make the students less interested or more interested? Some students might think the lessons are "too cool" for them if the teachers tries to engage in an activity.
3. Will there ever be this type of teaching in the future since the world is turning into technology? I feel like sometime in the future, we won't need teacher necessarily because it could all be possibly taught on the computer.