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Book reviews from the gurus.


“This book is an absolute must for anyone who cares about education. The brain is geared for learning and adaptation, and this is the definitive set of tools for helping students get the most out of learning. Learning is supposed to be fun—knowing how to do it in the way your brain is designed to learn is the most fun of all. What a delightful, brilliant book.”

Mayim Bialik, PhD, four-time Emmy nominee for The Big Bang Theory and New York Times bestselling author of Girling Up and Boying Up

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—Steven Pinker, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and New York Times bestselling author of How the Mind Works and Enlightenment Now

"For too long, teaching has been treated as an inscrutable craft, with each practitioner fashioning idiosyncratic practices from intuition and experience. But like all professions, pedagogy can be improved through technology, research, and science. This trio of experts show how to elevate this dark art to an effective and enjoyable practice."


—Carol Ann Tomlinson, EdD, author of How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms

“The authors bring to this highly practical, user-friendly book a deep understanding of teachers and classrooms, the implications of neuroscientific findings for successful teaching and learning, and the ability to write about complex ideas in an approachable way.”


—Kristen DiCerbo, PhD, Chief Learning Officer, Khan Academy

“Learning is about making changes in the brain. This book describes how that happens, why it can be difficult, and how to facilitate more learning in the classroom. Veteran teachers will find explanations for why some of their techniques work and ways to improve them. Newer teachers and parents supporting students at home will find countless practical suggestions to help learners succeed.”


—Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap

"This accessible and engaging book will make it easier for teachers to teach and for students to learn. The authors provide the kind of information all prospective teachers should get during their training—but rarely do."


—Robert Marzano, PhD, cofounder of Marzano Resources and author of The New Art and Science of Teaching

“This is the first neuroscience-based book I’ve read that has provided me with a deeper understanding of how the brain functions while learning and specific strategies that should be used while teaching. I recommend it most highly.”

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—Peter C. Brown, coauthor of Make It Stick

“A big step in translating cognitive science and neuroscience into street-level understanding of how learning works. Every teacher, student, and parent will find practical ideas of immediate value.”

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