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riveting and useful - a rare combination,
This review is from: How Brains Learn (Kindle Edition)It's riveting; I'm learning a lot.
I teach Spanish and have started telling my classes why we do things in neurological terms, explaining very simply.
For example, sometimes they stand up and do an associated action with new Spanish words I'm teaching them: walk on the spot as they repeat the word "camino". I'm telling them that there's a bit of their brain that deals with actions and a bit that deals with words, and by doing an action as we say the word they are making the bits work together, which means they're more likely to remember the word! Result? Much more compliant students! They really see the point of all this.
Some of the classroom examples are good too - like the two ways the brain sees a volcano, for instance, or the importance of not trying to teach grammar rules when the child can't write proper sentences.
The summary at the end which shows you how to apply the brain stuff in the classroom is handy too.