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Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain Paperback – February, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0201490886 ISBN-10: 0201490889 Edition: Revised
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dale Seymour Publications; Revised edition (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201490889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201490886
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Heather Severson (phseverson@uswest.net) on February 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is the basis for my graduate study work. I've applied the brain-based learning principles in my classrooms and enjoyed stunning results. Teaching is easier & more effective. Students are enthusiastic and inspired to learn more. Grades and attitudes improve with BBL techniques.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Calligan on May 9, 1998
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Every teacher owes it to their students to read this book and make it part of their repetoire. The authors have gathered meaningful information and put it in language that every educator can understand. The challenge is to change our anti-brain methods in schools and to re-invent education NOW! The information fits educational work with every age. If nothing else is learned, the "DOWNSHIFTING" that the brain does when in the presence of threat should cause us to re-examine our motivational methods used with young and adolescent students.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lauriann@bellsouth.net on June 26, 1998
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This book was extremely helpful in explaining how the brain absorbs and processes information. If you are interested in brain research, and how it impacts teaching your students, this book is a MUST! It explains how much information the human brain can process, and the various stages of learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agratt on May 8, 2012
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Before reading this book I thought I understood how teaching was suppose to be after all I did get my credential and a degree. I learned more from this book then from all two years in the credential program. This book along with all the other books from the Caine's have give me a reason to obtain my Ph.D. If you want to truly understand how the brain truly learned then this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Burdick on February 27, 2012
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I like this book. It calls for developing "Low Threat/High Challenge Learning" that works with the human brain's way of processing information.

"Making Connections" was first published by educators Renate and Geoffrey Caine to begin establishing a link between the neurosciences and education. The Caines were interested in "the brain's rules for meaningful learning and organizing teaching with those rules in mind." [pg 4]

As one of the earliest books to come out on the topic [1991], this book espoused then-controversial new ideas. Several early book reviewers complained that it was written by educators, not by brain surgeons. As the years passed, the theories put forth in the Caines's book have proven to be tried and true teaching strategies.

A more recent book by a neuroscientist, "Research-based Srategies to Ignite Student Learning" by Judy Willis (2006) is a more scientific rendering of brain-based learning that essentially says the same thing.

"Why Don't Students Like School" by cognitive scientist Daniel T. Willingham, published in 2009 by Jossey-Bass, also confirms these studies.

This one is good. Apply the skills put forth in any or all of these books and your students will thrive.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, DE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Little on June 8, 2007
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There is more packed in this little book about how we, humans, learn than in hundreds of education manuals.

Should be required reading for teachers and students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Smith on May 13, 2013
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Making Connections by Caine and Caine is one of the best books ever written on the human brain and learning. Bravo!
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