MBE Science for the Rest of Us


Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher
Rowman & Littlefield, June 20, 2016

Glen Whitman and Ian Kelleher’s Neuroteach takes a comprehensive look at research in mind, brain and education (MBE) science applied to teaching. It was informed by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). Functioning as part primer, part workbook, and part action plan, it provides information, interactivity, and implementation for incorporating this MBE research into the classroom. It revisits familiar concepts such as Dweck’s growth mindset and Duckworth’s grit, as well as the principles of metacognition. Importantly, it also debunks a list of “neuromyths” – those ideas to which we often cling, despite their having been disproven through research. Each chapter ends with a series of questions, allowing for the reader’s guided reflection, a technique frequently advocated by the text. The final chapters are a call-to-action, along with an outlined plan, on how not only to embrace research, but also to become a teacher-researcher in order to make informed decisions about the craft of teaching. This highly accessible book has been written for readers with all levels of previous experience in MBE science and would make great summer reading for individuals or faculties.

Submitted By: Francis "Butch" Malec, Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA

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