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 | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
SURVIVAL | Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
WIRING | Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
ATTENTION | Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
SHORT-TERM MEMORY | Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
LONG-TERM MEMORY | Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
SLEEP | Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
STRESS | Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
SENSORY INTEGRATION | Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
VISION | Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
GENDER | Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
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 for Presenters slide share