Mind at Work: How to Make It Work Better for You

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-A simplified exploration of the realm of thought and learning. Lucas explains mental processes rather than brain physiology, giving hints and advice along the way as to how readers can become better learners. The anatomy of the brain is briefly discussed as an introduction, accompanied by a look at right and left brain dominance, perception, and the ``care and feeding'' of the organ. This is followed by a logical sequence on the levels of thinking, from basic learning through the concept of intelligence. Current theories are examined, supplemented with ``how-to'' lists and boxed for emphasis. Most of the learning techniques described are fairly common knowledge. The conclusion is a reiteration of ``a mind is a terrible thing to waste,'' arguing that individuals can either use their minds to become leaders, or stick their heads in the sand and become nonparticipants in life. Throughout the book, readers are implored to make the most of what they have. The text is written in a straightforward style, bringing together information that can be found in a variety of other publications, many of which are listed in the bibliography. This would be a good complement to Patricia Stafford's Your Two Brains (Atheneum, 1986) or Alvin and Virginia Silverstein's World of the Brain (Morrow, 1986), both of which are more clinical in content. Unfortunately, those who might benefit most from reading this book probably won't pick it up.-Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI
Chris Sherman
There are many books for young adults that discuss how the brain works and offer tips on improving performance on school-related tasks. Lucas' differs, however, because it also provides information on critical thinking, learning styles, and multiple intelligences--topics educators hear about constantly but which are seldom written about for young adults. Lucas' writing is pleasant and neither condescending nor overly chatty. Boxed sections offer tips on a variety of subjects, including problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the volume. Source notes and an extensive list of young adult resources are appended. Lucas also provides a bibliography of adult books she found particularly helpful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562943004
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: Single Titles Ser.
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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