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What is one single reading you would recommend to teachers just starting in NeuroELT?
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Amanda Gillis-Furutaka A book. Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice (2nd edition) 2010 by Patricia Wolfe. This book is very well organized. The first part explains the functions of the different parts of the brain and how neurons communicate. The next part looks at brain development at different stages of life and makes the important point that the adolescent brain is still very much a work in progress. The third part is of especial interest to me because she explains how the brain takes in, processes, and stores information. And finally, she pulls everything together by showing how teachers can use this knowledge to enhance learning. The book is easy to understand with plenty of diagrams and is written in a very clear style – science for the unscientific! And perfect for a teacher starting out in this field.
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Marc Helgesen. A book.
I suggest
Brain Rules by John Medina.  (2014 [2nd edition] Pear Press).  Takes key findings from brain science and applies them to education and to business.  Very well written (which is refreshing for a science-based book).  There's a wonderful website with videos, PowerPoints and support materials at  If you bought the first edition and want to know if it is worth buying the new one, kind of iffy.  There is a new chapter on music that you can buy for US$3.   I'd buy that and just read the old edition again.  If you want positive psychology book suggestions, visit the "bookshelf" page on my website.
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Curtis Kelly
I suggest Robert Murphy’s Maxims. Robert went through the literature on learning and came up 50 short phrases that encapsulate the key perspectives in NeuroELT. There are a few I’d change if it were my list, but that said, it is still a great place to get started.
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Joseph Shaules
Strangers to Ourselves, by Timothy Wilson, opened my eyes to how a neurocognitive perspective can change our understanding of how the mind works, and even what it means to be human. The book introduces the "adaptive unconscious" (sometimes called the "cognitive unconscious", "intuitive mind" or simply "system 1") the part of our mind that acts as a sophisticated unconscious autopilot. It subtly but powerfully influences our behavior--often in ways we are not aware of. One lesson for educators is that language learning is actually a "two-mind" process that involves both conscious and unconscious elements.
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Robert S. Murphy
Mind, Brain, and Education Science, by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, is a fantastic book for novice to veteran teachers. Tracey takes technical scientific findings and makes them practical for all teachers. It will surely make any teacher more interested in applying neuroscience to their classroom methods.
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