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.