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Making Classrooms Better: 50 Practical Applications of Mind, Brain, and Education Science

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa (Universidad de las Americas)

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WW Norton & Co
28 April 2014
Educational psychology; Teaching skills & techniques; Health & Self-Help
Learning specialist Leslie Hart once wrote that designing educational experiences without knowledge of the brain is like designing a glove without knowledge of the hand. Making Classrooms Better takes this concept a step further, building from general knowledge of brain-based education science and current educational research to offer specific suggestions for how teachers can improve student learning outcomes. Covering a range of subjects, from creating an optimal classroom climate to maximizing metacognitive skill development, this well-researched, state-of-the-art guide is an essential resource for highly effective practices that teachers, administrators, and curriculum planners can easily use. The first half of the book provides a practical overview of teaching from a Mind, Brain, and Education perspective through an understanding of the intersection of the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and pedagogy. The second half shares 50 evidence-based classroom best practices that have a proven positive impact on student learning outcomes and explains why they work.
By:   Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa (Universidad de las Americas)
Imprint:   WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 203mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   1.025kg
ISBN:   9780393708134
ISBN 10:   0393708136
Pages:   440
Publication Date:   28 April 2014
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD, is the Dean of Education at the Universidad de las Americas in Quito, Ecuador. She serves on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an expert panel to determine teachers' new pedagogical knowledge, including the influence of neuroscience and technology on education. With more than 25 years of experience teaching decades in teacher training, she has conducted conferences, workshops, and research in 25 countries around the world.

Reviews for Making Classrooms Better: 50 Practical Applications of Mind, Brain, and Education Science

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa synthesizes a vast, comprehensive compendium of neuroscientific research-based practices into a pragmatic handbook for teachers, featuring vivid descriptions, helpful activities, and easily employed classroom applications. --Arthur Costa, EdD, Emeritus Professor of Education, California State University; co-editor of Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind


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