I loved this book and recommended it to my co-workers. It was very inspiring and as an educator it gave me hope. It was current, relevant and full of ideas on how we can help are challanging disadvantgaged students with our everyday practices. It was easy to listen too and the stories of real people were engaging. I found it hard to stop listening and get out of the car and go into work.
The writer sets the scene for each mystery with stories highlighting the work of a variety of scientist. The stories are interesting and full of details. Some of the details of the research discussed became a bit technical and dry such as the section on viruses and lost my interest until the next mystery was introduced. Some sections weren’t new to me such as the material on dark matter but I had no real knowledge on homeopathy and found that section particularly interesting. All in all a good listen with lots on details to create good images in your mind and to further your knowledge.
I would buy for all my new teachers and parents who say "i just don't understand why he/she is like this". Lots of insight to how the brain works and why students do what they do. A good summary of the latest research and how to use it to help get better engagement in the classroom.
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