‘Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created-‘
(Surah Al Alaq, verse 1, the first Revelation)
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
As I intended in a previous post, I have included ‘brain rules’ 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School here.
EXERCISE/ Rule # 1: Exercise boosts brain power.
SURVIVAL/ Rule # 2: The human brain evolved, too.
WIRING/ Rule # 3: Every brain is wired differently.
ATTENTION/ Rule # 4: We don’t pay attention to boring things. [Ban PowerPoint bullets!!!That’s from me…]
SHORT-TERM MEMORY/ Rule # 5: Repeat to remember. [Quran memorizers do this every time!]
LONG-TERM MEMORY/ Rule # 6: Remember to repeat.
SLEEP/ Rule # 7: Sleep well, think well.
STRESS/ Rule # 8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way. [Ease off exam-taking students!!!]
SENSORY INTEGRATION/ Rule # 9: Stimulate more of the senses. [Lesson plans should include ‘See, Hear, Touch and Do’ instead of just ‘See and Hear’]
VISION/ Rule # 10: Vision trumps all other senses.
GENDER/ Rule # 11: Male and female brains are different. [Notice how top scorers in Malaysia are girls..? Education system here more conducive for girls to succeed than boys. Think about it…]
EXPLORATION/ Rule # 12: We are powerful and natural explorers. [Let your kids walk in the semak (bushes) and let them play in the mud. I’ve seen an old boy afraid of getting a few drops of rain on him…]
I highly recommend this book. You’d expect a book about the brain written by a molecular biologist to be dry and boring but John Medina is very entertaining and clear in his writing. I enjoy reading his book and it comes with a DVD, too. Money well spent. I also found a short presentation by Zen Presentation expert, Garr Reynolds, on Dr John Medina’s ‘brain rules (http://www.slideshare.net/garr/brain-rules-for-presenters).
Enjoy and learn, Insha’Allah.