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Education for the Human Brain: A Road Map to Natural Learning in Schools [Kindle Edition]

Timothy B. Jones , Geoffrey Caine
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Education for the Human Brain: A Road Map for Natural Learning in Schools is an all inclusive book on understanding and implementing a natural and brain-compatible instructional strategy from early childhood to adult learners. It informs the reader on the science, motivates the reader with the evidence and provides a road map for implementing, making this book unlike any other available. No matter what role you play in education, Education for the Human Brain can help students within your reach learn faster and remember more all while having fun learning the way that is natural!

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Cognitive psychology and neuroscience have increasingly found more common ground as they identify brain compatible strategies that enrich learning. Education for the Human Brain is a valuable, cutting-edge resource that will enable educators to explore research, implement new strategies, and ultimately, enhance student learning. (Mike Moses, former Commissioner of Education, State of Texas)

Much has been written about brain-based learning recently, but most fall short when looking for a comprehensive treatment of the topic. In Education for the Human Brain: A Roadmap to Natural Learning in Schools, Timothy B. Jones provides a very complete treatment of the subject. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an up-to-date and innovative book on natural and brain-compatible learning. (Fred C. Lunenburg, Ph.D., Jimmy N. Merchant Professor of Education, Sam Houston State University, Texas)

This definitive work about the brain, learning, and education will help school leaders plot a course for their instructional leadership thinking. In doing that, it reveals questions that must be dealt with in making 'ethical decisions'—providing the answers that leaders must evaluate in making instructional choices for making a difference for all students. Too often in the past leaders have been handed prescriptions for educating our young citizens—decisions made by the uninformed and those whose values are all about money, control and expedience. This volume helps one cut through the noise and debris in making meaningful educational and instructional decisions. (James A. Vornberg, Regents Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce)

In Education for the Human Brain, Timothy B. Jones and his colleagues offer insights into a most powerful tool for transforming instruction and learning—the brain. Dr. Jones assembled this group to chronicle their joint experiences in training and modeling practices for school leaders who choose to accept the challenge of changing school operation and leading improved learning for all children. I will use this book in my Instructional Theory class. (George W. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor, Sam Houston State University)

Education for the Human Brain: A Roadmap for Natural Learning in Schools is timely and greatly needed as education continues to be a hot public issue. Dr. Jones and his cadre of industry experts have operationalized the complex task of changing how learning occurs using a process that almost any educational leader can follow. The 'roadmap' facilitates implementation of the latest innovations in instruction by utilizing the professional learning community to make a difference for all learners! Bravo! (Russell W. Marshall, Ed.D., superintendent, Mabank Independent School District)

Knowledge of natural learning is as critical to educational leaders today as understanding the potential impact of computers and technology was to the last generation. Knowing how the brain learns physiologically and using brain-compatible teaching strategies are cutting-edge technology for the 21st century. Education for the Human Brain: A Roadmap for Natural Learning in Schools provides educators an understanding of this technology, quantitative evidence of its success, and a method and means for implementing it in a high-stakes testing environment. It is the pedagogy of the future. (Jeremy Glenn, Ed.D., superintendent, Central Heights Independent School District)

About the Author

Timothy B. Jones is Principal Consultant at the consulting firm bearing his name and former doctoral faculty member in educational law and Policy at Texas A&M University-Commerce and Sam Houston State University. He works with schools all over the United States and Europe in various school improvement initiatives dealing with natural learning and brain compatible and enriched learning. His work has earned numerous awards including Researcher of the Year for the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Distinguished Alumnus for the Clear Creek Independent School District and the Texas House of Representatives flew a Texas flag over the Capital for him "In Recognition of His Dedication and Impact to the Education Community of Texas" on May 29, 2009. He has authored more than 70 publications and made over 140 presentations, keynotes and in-services. Dr. Jones makes his home in Dallas, Texas.

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  • File Size: 2091 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: R&L Education; 1 edition (May 22, 2013)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simutaneously Brilliant and Practical September 22, 2013
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Education for the Human Brain: A Road Map to Natural Learning in Schools is an insightful testament to the power of the human brain and its capacity to expedite the mastery of learning when facilitated properly. The theorist and theories (e.g., chaos theory, complexity theory, system theory, cognitive constructivism, social constructivism, emotional intelligence) identified and referenced throughout the book provide a solid anchor for establishing credibility of the information presented.

Luckily, I was privileged to witness and be a part of a brain-based course during the summer of 2013. The course was facilitated by Dr. Timothy B. Jones, editor of Education for the Human Brain: A Road Map to Natural Learning in Schools. At the beginning of the semester we were given an expository assignment where teams of two were instructed to develop a 45-minute professional presentation regarding a societal trend in education. Dr. Jones, advised the class to be creative and assured us that it was our presentation to develop as we pleased. Immediately, disequilibrium and chaos began to take root our brain's though process. Despite the negative feelings that surfaced during the process of creating our expositions, in the end, we all developed a dynamic exposition that probably would have never evolved without Dr. Jones allowing our brains to naturally make connections to prior knowledge, current knowledge and create meaningful patterns synthesized into our final product.
In terms of exhaustiveness, this work reflects the importance and necessity of: (a) varying learning modalities in the classroom, (b) active and reflective PLCs within the learning community, (c) understanding the change process, (d) establishing systems thinking and (e) heighten respect for emotional intelligence.
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The book is split into three parts: i) Exploration (Understanding the brain and learning), ii) Inspiration (Case studies and success), and iii) The Road map (Planning and implementing the work ahead).

I have a slight trepidation about brain-based education because some of the articles published are not very scientific or clinical. The majority of articles in this book were clinically-based and yet still applicable. Jones begins with a chapter on "The Why!" and an article by Caine & Caine on principles of natural learning, touching on the idea of neuroscience although not delving into scientific details. The following articles attempt to guide teachers, administrators, and personalized learning coaches into professional training and development for teachers. The book is slightly lacking in physiological research, as many chapters were more theoretical. Jenlink's chapter on the brain and constructing knowledge, even the section on cognitive architecture of the brain, was mainly theoretical. This broached the subject of using brain research directly in the classroom without needing background knowledge on neuroscience or even brain-based learning.

I recommend this book for building- or district-level educators for reading. There are strategies to implement within classrooms, but this book would be more useful when approached as a school or district than by an individual teacher. It will take the whole community to integrate some of the changes to help utilize personalized learning, technology, and interaction in a way that supports and enhances student learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A provocative book for any educational leader January 3, 2014
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I highly recommend this book to any Principal and/or administrator looking to grow in their understanding of brain-based learning and how this looks in relation to the landscape of education today. Jones' take on how the human brain works and how schools can maximize student learning is compelling and thought provoking.

Well done!
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Timothy B. Jones, Ed.D. - is Principal Consultant for the consulting firm that bears his name and part-time Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and General Business from Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) and a Master of Science from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in Educational Management. In 2000 he completed his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership also from SFASU.

Since 1984, Dr. Jones has spent his career in school improvement in the roles of teacher, administrator and now professor and consultant. While at The University of Texas at Tyler, he cofounded The Principal and Superintendent Institute which worked with hundreds of school leaders in school improvement initiatives by partnering with Geoffrey Caine of The Caine Learning Center. His inspiration for the Institute grew from the School-Within-A School he began at Thomas J. Rusk Middle School in the Nacogdoches Independent School District. The program, The Silver Team, utilized brain compatible learning that concentrated on individualized and self-paced instruction for middle-school students across the curriculum. The program was the focus of one installment of Promising Practices in Texas Education produced by KLRN, the PBS station in San Antonio.

In order to return to his first love-teaching, Dr. Jones left his administrative practice in 1998 to begin his professoriate career. Since that time, he has authored more than 70 publications and made over 130 presentations, keynotes and in-services. His first book, Education for the Human Brain: A Road Map to Natural Learning in Schools is due out in 2013. He is a Past-President of both the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA) and the SFASU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. He is currently the Editor of the highly regarded School Leadership Review. The Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers bestowed an Honorary Life Membership upon him in 1990 and the Texas House of Representatives flew a Texas flag over the Capital for him "In Recognition of His Dedication and Impact to the Education Community of Texas" on May 29, 2009. "Researcher of the Year" was awarded to him in 2013 by the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Timothy makes his home in Dallas Texas.


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