I heard Landsman speak about the brain in New Jersey a few weeks ago. Showed through brain scan technology and research on the brain that learning and memory can be increased with themes of learning. He showed why scientific inquiry and hands-on and thinking challenges are so important for students learning. He also talked about mental disease like Alzeimers and how thinking challenges, education and even tai chi can possibly prevent the diseases from showing up. His presentation was like an investigation itself because he gave us the evidence and let us actually answer a question of whether teachers are neuroeducators. He talked about some of his own research on the brain and how it added to the work of other scientists. The talk was long, an hour and a half, but everyone was riveted to their seats and no one left early! Excellent talk, great choice for a speaker, NJ Science Convention!

Ther talk was so good I bought this book and one Landsman just edited [Look at Us Now! Making Scientific Practices Matter in the Classroom...and Beyond]. Professor Yager from the National Science Teachers organization wrote the forward of the newer book on scientific practices and said such positive things that I needed to buy that book too. I am already using it in my classroom. It is a very complete approach to using inquiry in the classroom and the RIP-ing Through Scientific Inquiry book is very helpful with the details for investigations in the classroom.

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