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Eric Jensen
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January 1, 2005 1416600302 978-1416600305 Revised 2nd
When the first edition of Teaching with the Brain in Mind was published in 1998, it quickly became a bestseller, and it's gone on to inspire thousands of educators to apply the latest brain research in their classroom teaching. Now, author Eric Jensen is back with a completely revised and updated edition of his classic work.

In easy to understand, engaging language, Jensen provides a basic orientation to the brain and its various systems and explains how they affect learning. After discussing what parents and educators can do to get children's brains in good shape for school, Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, environmental factors, the "social brain," emotions, and memory and recall. He offers fascinating insights on a number of specific issue, including
* How to tap into the brain's natural reward system.
* The critical link between movement and cognition.
* The impact on learning of environmental factors such as lighting, temperature, and noise.
* The value of feedback.
* The importance of prior knowledge and mental models.
* Why stress impedes learning.
* How social interaction affects the brain.
* How to help students improve their ability to encode, maintain, and retrieve learning.

The repeated message to educators is simple: You have far more influence on students' brains than you realize. And you have an obligation to learn as much as you can to take advantage of the incredible revelations that science is providing. The revised and updated Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd edition helps you do just that.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve; Revised 2nd edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416600302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416600305
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author


Eric Jensen has always been passionate about learning. As a child, he seemed to read every book he could find from the library to a nearby Boy's Club. He graduated early from high school, has a BA in English, MA in Organizational Development and PhD. in Human Development.

Formerly a secondary teacher, Eric focused on learn to learn skills, reading and study skills. Jensen became adjunct faculty for three universities, serving as a professor for adult learners at the University of California at San Diego, National University and the University of San Diego.

In the workplace, Eric Jensen co-founded the world's largest brain-compatible academic enrichment program, SuperCamp, which now has over 55,000 graduates. Since 1985, Jensen has focused on staff development and has trained over 100,000 educators. These programs introduced the science of teaching and learning to teachers from around the world. Eric Jensen has introduced brain-based teaching to Denmark, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, New Zealand and other countries. Jensen was the co-founder of the Learning Brain EXPO, the world's first conference that linked neuroscience to everyday educational practices.

Jensen is an "brain-junkie" who is currently an active member of the invitation-only Society for Neuroscience, The President's Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies, NY Academy of Science, American Psychological Association and Jensen is on the Advisory Board for Body, Mind and Child in Barnstead, New Hampshire.

Jensen has become one of the leading translators in the world of neuroscience into education. His best known books are Brain-based Learning, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, SuperTeaching, Enriching the Brain and Teaching with Poverty in Mind.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed review, but has some useful info August 9, 2005
I had an interest in the brain and learning and bought a couple of books, including this one. It sat on my shelf until last week due to time required elsewhere--or so I told myself. The principal at my school engaged me in a conversation on the topic as she is currently reading the book. (It was nice to find someone who shares this interest, as most others get that "glazed" look when I bring the subject up.) Well, I was motivated to begin the book and went right home to read it. Now, I am a skeptic at heart and need to "see things for myself"; I do not buy into things hook, line, and sinker. I found the writing style of this author to be a little lacking and I have several spots where I jotted down notes in the margins when I really disagreed with some things. So, I certainly would not treat this book as the Bible on the brain related to learning. However, I did get many good ideas to try out in the classroom and I am truly looking forward to getting back to school to implement them. If just two or three of these ideas stand the test of time and serve to improve my teaching, the book will have been worth its price and the time invested in reading it. The author does recommend certain "atmosphere" guidelines so, I suppose, that is touchy-feely; however, most of these ideas make sense. A child will not perform to potential when he/she perceives threat, whether it be fear of risk-taking/being wrong, fear of losing the esteem of peers or being mocked, etc. Feeling threatened, to whatever degree, creates stress; stress does not promote optimal learning. I also found that this book affirmed some of my current practices such as getting children up and moving frequently. I will now be sure to do this even more often; it is easy to do and takes little time. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Eric Jensen is a former teacher and the author of more than two dozen books on learning and the brain. His Teaching with the Brain in Mind was published 13 years ago, but this second edition was revised and updated six years ago. The book is approximately 160 pages not including the glossary, references, and index. It consists of 12 chapters that provide a basic introduction to the anatomy of the brain and how to apply brain research in the classroom.

The basic message of Jensen's book is that we have a much greater ability to affect the learning of students than we realize. Some of the many topics covered in his book include include how to prepare children for school, how to motivate students to participate, how to influence emotional states, how to design smarter schools, and how to enhance memory and critical thinking skills.

Teaching with the Brain in Mind was one of four books I was assigned for an Understanding the Learner class that I am taking through Columbia International University. I would not have chosen to read this book had it not been required reading, however, reading the book has definitely made me reflect on how I have instructed students and perhaps what I should have done differently. Today I would attempt to find ways to bring more kinesthetics and music into the classroom. I would also do a better job of inviting guest speakers and challenging the students to learn about and further serve the local community. I will need to promote these kind of activities amongst the teachers I work with.

My final analysis: I think few would call Jensen's book a gripping read, but it is clear and will provide you some practical insights.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REASONABLY LOGICAL April 2, 2010
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I believe this book was reasonably priced, extremely enlightening, very informative, interesting and intellectually stimulating. I liked it tremendously and found several familiar methods, strategies, and practices in the educational arena. I read every chapter with delight and understanding, then summarized each for my Processes and Acquisition of Reading Skills course for my MA.Spcl.Educ. I will not resell this book. It is a keeper. FriskyFreeda
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to "Teaching With The Brain In Mind" August 2, 2005
This a wonderful book to read. Eric Jensen's writing helps keep me interested. I learned a lot of useful information that I can take with me when I return to the classroom. I just wished that I had heard about this years ago when I was an undergraduate. My sincere hope is that when it comes time for our standardized testing that my students will be more than ready to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taught an old dog new tricks!! August 27, 2013
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This book was great! Before you got to the hands-on techniques (which I will use with strategic abandon this year in my high school math classroom), you get a thorough, scientific explanation of the most recent brain research. It was well worth reading this research at an in-depth level before I got to the techniques. There are quotes I pulled out from all sections of this book, not just for me to read on a weekly basis while lesson planning, but to post around the classroom to educate and motivate the kids.

I now have scientific reasons to give any confrontational folk for building activity-rich, humor-filled adaptations of statistics and consumer math. It is a must-read, especially for science teachers who are frustrated with unfocused student behavior in the classroom, and non-completion of assignments (school or home). It's an attitude adjustment, but hard planning work in unfamiliar territory will pay off!!
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Published 3 days ago by jasmine proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read
I like the fact that the book was in good condition and that I was sent emails of when my book would be delivered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tracy-Ann Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to get my own copy!
I read this as a book study for work. I enjoyed it so much and learned so much that I had to purchase my own copy for references.
Published 2 months ago by Leslie Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I actually purchased this book to help me better understand the students I work with...not for a class. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stacy02935
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a required textbook, overpriced, for very little information....
Was a required textbook, overpriced, for very little information. Served it purpose of selling teachers, but offering little to students.
Published 4 months ago by Jeff Babl
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Research and Learning - Valuable Book
This is an interesting read do far! I have always been interested in brain research and it's impact on learning. Eric Jensen clearly presents the ideas in the book!
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
I recommend this book for anyone working with kids. Easy to read and full of great info. This is one to keep on your bookshelf to re-read.
Published 9 months ago by Melissa Oberg
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly sourced text
Although much of the content is credible, the author, Eric Jensen, has done an indequate job in substantiating his claims. Read more
Published 11 months ago by PW
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I've been teaching 30 years and this book explains a lot of the student behavior I have seen over the years. Every beginning teacher (and current teacher) needs to read this book.
Published 12 months ago by Becky Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Bought this book for a class in earning my Masters Degree in Education and I highly recommend it for all: teachers and parents!
Published 12 months ago by Storm Watcher
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