12 Brain Rules and a cool slideshare from Garr Reynolds

This is a marvelous post by Garr Reynolds about using the brain in presentations. He has a marvelous slideshare with his favorite quotes from the book Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (Book & DVD) by John Medina.

This is my must read book for the summer, and I just downloaded it to listen to on my ipod. His videos are phenomenal and ready to share via youtube on your school's blog or intranet. (Uhm, another reason to unblock youtube.)

I love this one about the Fallacy of Multitasking –

He says that “the always online organization is the always unproductive organization.”

This is why I enjoy and adhere the inbox zero principles from Merlin Mann. Logging into email 2-3 times a day ONLY keeps me focus. I often turn off skype and gtalk as well. And sometimes during my planning period, I even close my door.

The multitasking and constant interruptions as a teacher are probably my biggest obstacle to getting things done!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karyn Romeis June 5, 2008 - 9:27 am

Multitasking is traditionally viewed as a female skill. A recent programme on BBC radio 4 explored a recent research paper which concludes that no-one can actually multi-task successfully. There are some tasks which can be carried out simultaneously because they make different demands of the brain, but two tasks which require the same sort of brain activity cannot successfully be carried out simultaneously.

The research also found that women are no better than men. It seems that the tasks that women have traditionally done simultaneously have been of the sort that don’t conflict with one another for brain resource. As we move away from our traditional roles, however, we find ourselves less and less able to “multi-task” but the assumption that female=multi-tasker seems to live on… no doubt to our cost!

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