Minds in Bloom is not just another book about the brain. It is more about what is far beyond its tiny borders: the mind. OK, there is some brain in here: I describe just how the brain operates by storing and sorting whatever the senses deliver to it; but what is even more interesting is how the mind often steers us down weedy paths without our realizing that we are being taken for a ride until we look down and see the mud on our shoes.
But the main purpose of this book is to take a new look at teaching and learning. More than ever, society needs people who think. Learning is the key to that Holy Grail, Progress. And also to happiness and well being. If we can make teaching better, then schools will become better places for learning. To that end, I describe the traditional theories that we use to try to explain both human behavior and how we learn. But I do it all from a new perspective: the exciting discoveries being made by neurobiologists, the scientists whose machines can look inside our heads while we are thinking.
Then I conclude with an ambitious reach: how the universe is all connected—or interconnected—to us.
And I enrich all that with some personal experiences and observations about learning harvested from my 45 years in the field—65 if you add in my time spent as a student.
Sixty-five years teaching and learning? Either I am insane, or I have something to say.
Glenn Fieber, M. Ed.
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Published April 22, 2013
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