Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential

Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential

by Eric Jensen
     
 

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Praise for Enriching the Brain

"Teachers, administrators, school boards, parents, and any others interested in knowing how to maximize learning potential will be rewarded when they read this book, as it offers the whole package, from theory to research to application."
Education Review

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Praise for Enriching the Brain

"Teachers, administrators, school boards, parents, and any others interested in knowing how to maximize learning potential will be rewarded when they read this book, as it offers the whole package, from theory to research to application."
Education Review

"Eric Jensen's Enriching the Brain is an outstanding, reader-friendly resource filled with the best information available on how to teach and bring out the best in every child. This is a must-read for every educator, parent, or anyone who works with children."
Jonathan Erwin, educational consultant and author, The Classroom of Choice: Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want

"Many young people with gifts and talents underachieve. This book gives quality information about the scientific-based practices needed to turn around all learners, including the low performers and the gifted. It's all about the power to change."
Joseph S. Renzulli, director, The National Research Center on theGifted and Talented, University of Connecticut

"Through his work, Jensen presents a necessary challenge to those seeking a way to make practical use of the latest in brain research. He believes enrichment is not just for a 'select few, but for all of us.'"
The School Administrator

"Eric Jensen's new book, Enriching the Brain, gives parents and teachers strong rationale and research support for rethinking how children are reared and taught. This is a powerful book for those interested in the cognitive development of children."
Barbara K. Given, director, Adolescent and Adult Learning Research Center, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University

Editorial Reviews

Educator Eric Jensen is convinced that most of us are shortchanging our children's brains. We regard them as passive receivers, static receptacles that can never exceed a "permanent" IQ. The idea of the immutable brain, Jensen notes, ignores decades of exciting lab-based neuroscience research. Enriching the Brain not only brings readers up to date on these exciting findings; it applies those findings to practical situations, explaining how selected types of learning condition can actually enrich the brain.
Library Journal
Jensen (Teaching with the Brain in Mind) an internationally recognized expert on "brain-based" learning, posits that educational methods today, which focus on rigorous curricula and high-stakes testing, ignore what neuroscientific research has determined to be effective ways of improving the efficiency and efficacy of student learning. Such research has shown that learning is less likely to occur during ordinary or routine activities than when activities are novel and meaningful, when learning environments are complex but coherent, and when students are offered plenty of physical activity, good nutrition, limited stress, and social interaction. Jensen offers suggestions on implementing what we know of how the brain works in order to improve student performance. He believes that students' intelligence is often underestimated and that it is possible to use neuroscience to help all students achieve their full potential. The book is divided into ten chapters, among them "The Fixed-Brain Myth," "The Science Behind Enrichment," and "Exploring Exceptional Brains." Well written and backed by solid scholarship, this is an essential purchase for any academic library serving education students and professionals, as well as for public libraries serving parents of school-aged children.-Mark Bay, Univ. of the Cumberlands Lib., Williamsburg, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Well written and backed by solid scholarship, this is an essential purchase for any academic library serving education students and professionals, as well as for public libraries serving parents of school-aged children." (Library Journal, July 2006)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470223895
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,168,444
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Enriching the Brain effectively reveals the limitations of the traditional ‘fixed brain theory’ and offers a vivid picture of the human brain as a dynamic and changing organ. It convincingly demonstrates how an enriching environment brain functioning and enhances intelligent for all learners."—Robert Kuklis, professional development associate, Center for Performance Assessment; adjunct professor, Sacred Heart University

"This book fills an incredible need. It is time for educators to become familiar with the latest research on learning and the positive message that the neurosciences have for all of us."—Renate Nummela Caine, Ph.D., professor emeritus of education, California State Univeristy, San Bernadino; executive director, The Caine Learning Institute

"Teaching, administrators, school boards, parents, and any others interested in knowing how to maximize learning potential will be rewarded when they read this book, as it offers the whole package, from theory to research to application." — Education Review, August 2006

Meet the Author

Eric Jensen is an internationally recognized educator known for his translation of neuroscience into practical classroom applications. A former teacher, he is the author of over twenty books, including the widely acclaimed Teaching with the Brain in Mind. He is a longtime member of the Society for Neuroscience and the New York Academy of Sciences. Jensen is currently a staff developer and is completing his Ph.D. in psychology.

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