John Medina’s Brain Rules is one of a growing list of accessible books in the field of neuroscience and is not to be missed. Although it is not a book specifically about curriculum or technology integration, its 12 principals will effect how you approach teaching and learning and perhaps even live your life. Medina breaks down research in valuable areas such as sleep, short and long term memory, sensory integration and attention. His chapter on attention is especially worth the read and will hopefully lead to an evaluation of lesson and project design. The often-debated topic of multi-tasking is addressed, causing one to really question classroom and homework practices. If your faculty have a book club, Brain Rules should be the first book read at the beginning of the school year.
Medina also now has Brain Rules for Baby, which is bound to be enlightening for parents of children under five.
For another interesting, helpful read on how our brains work in relation to work, school and family life, check out Gray Small and Gigi Vorgan’s iBrain.