Brain Rules

On an archaeological dig through my personal library, I stumbled upon John Medina’s Brain Rules. While this book is not specifically a science education resource, it uses brain research to propose 12 principles that have implications for teaching, learning, and presenting (professional development). It seems like the use of the following principles could help all students learn science.

The 12 Rules:

Exercise EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
Evolution SURVIVAL | Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
wiring WIRING | Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
attention ATTENTION | Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
shortterm SHORT-TERM MEMORY | Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
longterm LONG-TERM MEMORY | Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
sleep SLEEP | Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
stress STRESS | Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
multisensory SENSORY INTEGRATION | Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
vision VISION | Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
gender GENDER | Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
exploration EXPLORATION | Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.

The following resources will help extend your understanding of the 12 Rules and the research behind them:

Brain Rules Web Site

Brain Rules for Presenters slide share

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