John Medina’s Brain Rules is one of my favorite books because of its importance for a superteacher. I use these concepts in my classroom. The rest of the Brain Rules title is 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Medina’s book covers these twelve rules, and the video below is about his twelfth rule is on curiosity and exploration:
Medina references education as it relates to curiosity and exploration. When it comes to transferring information between people, whether you are teaching or presenting, we must realize our goal is brain development. In order to develop the brains of our audience members, we must understand how the brain works.
Education is meant to be exploration… the satiation of curiosity. Why, then, are classrooms and lectures so boring?! My students and I talked about that today, on the first day of Professional Communication and Presentation. One student named Luis suggested that boring lectures are directed by people who don’t care about the audience they’re directing. I think that is true, but I also think that boring lecturer could transform into a superteacher if he or she is committed to understanding how the brain works so as to better transfer knowledge to his or her audience.
Superteachers: Has Brain Rules influenced the way you teach your students? What is your favorite rule from Medina’s book?
It’s always a brighter day when I come home and find those beautiful blue library packages on my doorstep. Since Tropical Storm Beryl brought in lots of rain for Central Florida this week, I am also thankful the library uses rain-resistant sleeves when delivering books.
Here’s what I’ll be reading this weekend:
The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant At A Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry. Since this book has a quote from Seth Godin referencing my favorite book of Godin’s, Linchpin, I decided to check it out. Henry’s book is about the creative process and developing habits to promote creativity and enhance creative output. When I was browsing the reviews on Amazon, I noticed that many reviewers praised this book for working across careers for anyone who creates for a living. I can’t wait to dive in!
The Secret Language of Leadership by Stephen Denning has a subtitle that hooked me: How Leaders Inspire Action Through Narrative. After re-reading Resonate again last week, Duarte has me wholeheartedly convinced on the power of storytelling and narrative to transform presentations and educational experiences. I’m hoping this book will allow me to be a stronger public speaker, lecturer, and teacher for my students by mastering the art of the narrative.
Tom Kelley’s The Art of Innovation with Jonatahn Littman is surprisingly heavy! Its glossy pages make me wonder if this was designed to be a class textbook… I decided to check out this book after watching David Kelley’s TED Talk on building creative confidence. David Kelley is the founder and chairman of IDEO while brother Tom is IDEO’s general manager. I look forward to learning more about the IDEO company while reading more about design and innovation.
I stumbled upon Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism by accident while researching for the fourth installment in my superteachers series: an argument that superteachers must be optimistic. I decided it was important to teach others how to be optimistic if this wasn’t an inherent trait, and I found Seligman’s text quickly after determining my path for that future blog post…
Brain Rules by John Medina was the final book on my doorstep. Garr Reynolds introduced me to this book with a 2008 blog post called “Brain rules for PowerPoint & Keynote presenters.” I’m convinced learning more about the brain can help me explain visual design and visual presentation in a way that connects with and is accepted by a wider audience.
What books are you reading this weekend?