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Posted March 1, 2014
I'm a teacher - I teach 8th grade English - and I'm sure I don't
I'm a teacher - I teach 8th grade English - and I'm sure I don't understand the implications of everything Bergen writes about in this book. What I did understand, though, was exciting enough.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As I was reading this book, I could not help myself from stopping my colleagues in the hall of my school to tell them of some revelation I'd just read. Did you know that when you read a sentence about someone picking up, say, a glass, that the part of your brain that controls your hand and arm is activated? Cognitive scientists call this embodied simulation, and it may be the mechanism through which we understand and make meaning from what we see and read.
Bergen does a terrific job of clearly explaining Lakoff and Johnson's metaphor theory (every teacher should also read their book, "Metaphors We Live By"). I don't know how you could read this book and not change your conception of how humans make meaning and why some students "get it" while others don't. Cognitive science is on the cusp of changing the way we think about teaching and learning. Read this book if you want to truly understand how the brain works to make meaning.