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Top Resources for Educators on Learning and the Brain


In my previous post 10 Brain Training Tips To Teach and Learn I promised to share some of the resources–books, conferences, and websites– that inform my understanding of teaching, learning and the brain. Here’s an updated list:


There are many books about the brain. For educators, the best of these are books that demystify the language of neuroscience while providing information applicable to the teaching and learning process.

Among the more prolific or well-known authors of this type include Jeb Schenck, Robert Sylwester, Barbara Givens, Robert Marzano, Marilee Sprenger, and Eric Jensen.

I have found books by Sprenger and Jensen to be immensely helpful. Both write about the brain in understandable terms, provide practical suggestions, discuss sensible ideas, and include innumerable references to supportive research. Three of my most referenced books by these two are:

By Sprenger  How To Teach So Students Remember and Learning & Memory: The Brain in Action.

By Jensen  Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Revised 2nd Edition.

For a more general perspective you can also enjoy The Brain That Changes Itself: Stores of Per­sonal Tri­umph from the Fron­tiers of Brain Sci­ence and The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.



Highly stimulating and informative are the Learning & the Brain conferences, which take place multiple times a year. Each conference has an overarching theme, which is then broken down into several strands. In the past these strands have focused on pre-K through college; but often also include an adult brain strand.

The L&B conference runs the gamut from renowned neuroscientists sharing their research to practitioners translating that research into practical application. There are pre- and post-conference workshops, and plenty of opportunity to meet and talk with all presenters, as well as conference attendees.



Websites provide information in a variety of modalities. Many of these sites can be used with students, who enjoy learning about their brains, and hence, about themselves.

General Topics



Movement and Exercise


I hope you find these resources useful.


Laurie Bartels writes the Neurons Firing blog to create for herself the “the graduate course I’d love to take if it existed as a program”. Since 1982 she has been teaching computer classes and facilitating the use of technology in schools.

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