The Invisible Classroom: Relationships, Neuroscience & Mindfulness in School

The Invisible Classroom: Relationships, Neuroscience & Mindfulness in School

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Improving student learning with the tools of neuroscience and mindfulness.

How is expanding students’ strengths more effective than improving their weaknesses? Why is creating a school where staff and students feel safe necessary for learning? How can anchoring with simple mindfulness practices prevent classroom behavioral problems?

There is more to a classroom than just a teacher and a group of students. All classroom interactions have “invisible” neurobiological, emotional, and social aspects—the emotional histories of students, the teacher’s own background and biography. In this book, Kirke Olson takes lessons from brain science, mindfulness, and positive psychology to help teachers understand the full range of their students’ school experiences. Using its classroom-ready resources, teachers, administrators, parents, and policy makers can make the invisible visible, turning human investment in their students into the best possible learning outcomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393707571
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2014
Series: Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 204,638
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kirke Olson, PsyD,a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, has devoted nearly 40 years to helping pre-K through graduate teachers apply research on human relationships, neuroscience, and mindfulness to educate even the most complex students. He writes a regular column for the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies and lives with his wife in rural New Hampshire.

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Foreword Louis Cozolino xv

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Uncovering the Invisible Roots of Learning 1

Chapter 2 Being Safe and Feeling Safe: The Neurobiology of Classroom Safety 13

Chapter 3 Classroom Relationships: What's Love Got to Do with It? 51

Chapter 4 The Attentional Circuits of the Brain 90

Chapter 5 Explicit and Implicit Memory 111

Chapter 6 Nurturing Student Strengths 132

Chapter 7 Mindfulness: The Mind and Brain Collaborating 158

Chapter 8 Putting It All Together: Classroom Culture 173

References 185

Index 197

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