This is a brilliant book which is essential reading for all teachers and parents. It would be an excellent book to leave for parents to browse through in the school reception area. The sections on learning are excellent, but I would particularly recommend the section on behaviour to all teachers, mentors and support workers. This is another inspiring addition to a great series which brings learning down to a level of enjoyment and practical understanding. --John T Morris BA,MEd, MPhil,DipPsych,CertEd, Director, Teifi Training Education Consultants
Dr Andrew Curran is a practising paediatric neurologist in Liverpool who is also committed to using his extraordinary knowledge of the workings of the human brain to make a difference in the educational experience of all young people. Ian Gilbert, founder of Independent Thinking has been working to bring the best out of young people and those who work with them, focusing on areas including thinking, learning, motivation and creativity. This little book is a very readable guide to how the brain has developed, how it works and the implications this has for everyday situations as well as for more formal learning. It is amusingly illustrated and uses many instantly recognizable examples to bring these complex concepts to life. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing more about how their brain actually does what it does, or wants to explain some of these concepts to students in an entertaining and imaginative format. --Mary Mountstephen MA (SEN), Associate Editor, SEN Magazine
The true story of our amazing brain! What a delightful book, with big enough writing and pictures that offers an simple approach to a complicated subject. Our knowledge of the brain is a work in progress, an endless adventure of discovery.It will excite your interest and inspire you to learn more. Sharing your learning and your approaches to teaching with a broader knowledge will help you understand how a calm brain that is having fun will learn best. Fear, stress and worry only shut down the higher thinking and control centres of the brain with consequent results to teaching and learning. We will certainly be adding this to our A Quiet Place reading list!Without a doubt all educators should not only enjoy reading this book but also find in it essential information for the teaching and learning process. It is only when we begin to understand how that extraordinary organ the brain functions that we will we be able begin to make --Penelope Moon CEO A Quiet Place Ltd
About the Author
Dr Andrew Curran is a practising paediatric neurologist in Liverpool who is also committed to using his extraordinary knowledge of the workings of the human brain to make a difference in the educational experience of all young people. He s involved with Manchester University s Department of Education in developing research ideas looking at the use of emotional literacy in our classrooms.