Learning & the Brain Pocketbook (ebook only)

Eleanor Dommett, Ian Devonshire, Richard Churches


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Teachers are responsible for shaping the connections inside learners’ brains on a day-to-day basis, connections that will remain in place for the rest of those learners’ lives. Understanding the science of learning in the brain is, therefore, a powerful way to inform teaching and have an impact on learning. Furthermore, research evidence shows that teaching children about how the brain learns can improve their motivation to learn. So, when education writer and former teacher Richard Churches got together with two neuroscientists and a group of teachers they saw an exciting opportunity to pool their expertise and explore how insight from neuroscience could translate into classroom practice. Learning & the Brain Pocketbook is full of accessible information about how the brain works, how it learns, how it memorises and how it develops. At every turn, the material is discussed in relation to the classroom. Numerous tips and strategies draw on the neuroscience to enhance and support what you do with your learners. Learning about the brain is fun – and it makes for great professional development.

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Eleanor Dommett, Ian Devonshire, Richard Churches

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“This book is a fabulous gem! Engaging, witty and memorable, it is packed with golden nuggets of scientifically based wisdom on the art of teaching. Every teacher should read this and act upon the insights.”
Sue Croft, Principal, Oxford Spires Academy

“This is an accessible, practical guide for all new or experienced teachers. The implications from research for our schools are far-reaching, and this book is a fantastic resource for those wanting to refine their practice.”
Liz Robinson, Surrey Square Primary School

“It’s delightful to see a practical book on how the newly gained knowledge of the working of the brain can be applied in the classroom. The intellectual rigour of leading Oxford neuroscientists combined with the experience of seasoned educational professionals makes this a unique and authoritative contribution to the growing body of neuro-educational literature.”
Geoff Carr, Advanced Skills Teacher, Chipping Campden School