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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bowperson Publishing and Training, Inc.; First Printing edition (November 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096568511X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965685115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sharon Bowman is an international speaker, corporate trainer, classroom teacher, and the author of seven popular training books, including Training from the BACK of the Room and The Ten-Minute Trainer. Log onto Bowperson.com for free excerpts from books by Sharon Bowman and dozens of free articles about effective instruction.

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I really like this book, and love learning in general.
C. Trombly
Sharon applies brain science and adult learning theory to her style of writing modeling the very principals she teaches in her books.
Tina Shaw
If you are the former, this will help to make your learning more participant-centered.
Edwin C. Pauzer

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Author Sharon Bowman wants to get into your head and mess with your mind. No, I don't mean she's some mad psychiatrist who wants to strap you to the gurney and make you were a colander helmet with copper wires attached to its legs. She believes that she has found a way to enhance learning from studies of what she calls "brain science" to stimulate cranial activity which in turn will enhance learning.

She offers six learning principles that she claims stimulate brain activity more than traditional teaching: 1) movement trumps sitting, 2) talking trumps listening, 3) images trump words, 4) writing trumps reading, 5) shorter trumps longer, 6) different trumps same. Having attended her seminar this past February in Florida, she did what trainers call behavior modeling i.e. she practiced what she preached. That meant we were not subjected to lectures beyond ten minutes, and she relished having us participate in one activity or another on our feet, writing, speaking, etc.

Equally important, Ms. Bowman shows the reader how to put the principles to work with numerous activities that can be applied to keep learners' attention on learning and absorbing information. The last part is the brain research she uses to back up her conclusions. This part didn't interest me because I am like the pilot. I want to fly the plane; I don't really care how it works, which means I am going to spend the most of my time applying the principles to my training transactions. (I don't think she'll mind).

This is for everyone who conducts training whether you enjoy being sage on stage or the guide on the side, you should gain some insight here. If you are the former, this will help to make your learning more participant-centered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Levison on January 27, 2011
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Caveat Sharon gave me a free copy of this book, this didn't influence my comments. In addition I do some work in this area which means on some level I also compete with Sharon. Verbiage out of the way this is a great book.

I've studying this the Science of Learning for a long time and still learned alot from this book. Sharon does an excellent job of using the very ideas she offers to organize the book. She emphasizes the importance of choice and putting the learner in control early on. From that point you're offered frequent choices about where to go next. Another key element of learning is images trump words. Sharon's book is full of great images that support the key points and help anchor an idea in your brain. Its too bad I can't easily add images to this review.

Other examples: she explains the importance of testing the learner through out your course (and not just at the end :-) and uses the technique through out the book.

This review was original written in pen and paper which helped to me make the ideas my own. Discover why on page 79, 82, ... of the book :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By East West Book Review on December 28, 2012
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The author has many years of experience to back up her claims and assertions, most of which go against traditional teaching and training "truths." With dozens of ways to apply these ideas and principles, you'll quickly see dramatic changes taking place in your trainees or students. As someone who's been studying the science of learning for more than a decade, I thought I had read it all. But then I found Sharon's books.

If you apply her ideas in language classes, as I have, not only will your students stay awake and interested the entire class, they'll also remember far more of what they experienced in class, not simply lectures and explanations, but also dialogue activities, improv exercises, etc., for months and even years later.

Also includes highly useful details on movement and learning, visual versus verbal processing, active versus passive learning, and so much more.

Extremely recommended.

The only suggestion I can make to the publisher is to offer all of Sharon's books on Kindle. As of the date of this review, just two of her other books are available on Kindle. For those of us living at a great distance, Kindle is highly preferable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penelope L Nesbitt on May 10, 2013
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Love that Sharon has done all the hatd wok and converted Brain Rules into how to facilitate awesome training. Used her tips and trumps to great effect last week!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Trombly on March 28, 2014
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I really like this book, and love learning in general. I am increasingly a trainer, and love the learning environment, helping others learn and grow. So, the book has been very helpful in giving me ideas and better practices so that students absorb the material more effectively.

I have especially liked using a bunch of the ideas in my training classes; I tend to try a new one with each class.

I am very much an incremental learner, and tend to read in a step-by-step fashion, so I did struggle a little to take the suggestions to “bounce around” in the book. Also, I chose to not have tabs, post-its, and highlighted areas in my copy of the book, but only because of my extreme sense of order. However, I did use those ideas sparingly where I thought they would help me. And, I absolutely see the value for those that benefit from them.

Thank you so much for writing this book; I am passionate about helping others learn and grow, and this book gives scientific information on how to best do that. I love that.
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