A best selling neurologist shares how the brain really works
From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis
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How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning? Today’s guest, neuroscientist John Medina, shares his views on where schools are falling short. Today’s show is a thought-provoking and edgy discussion sure to evoke a lively discussion in your PLC. If you love Brain Rules, listen to today’s show.
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- How do schools ignore brain differences?
- Can you teach to the norm of a class?
- Why does the current grade structure in schools cause concern?
- Is there an optimal student-to-teacher ratio according to neuroscience?
- How do exercise and learning relate?
- What did a group of engineers do to increase their rate of Mandarin Chinese language acquisition 20% faster?
- How do you optimize your brain for learning?
- What impact does the loss of sleep have on student achievement?
Who is John Medina?
Dr. John J. Medina @brainrulesbooks, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School — a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.