If you had the chance to be with DaVinci, Galileo or Curie at their greatest moment of discovery, would you take it? If you said “yes,” then you’re in luck. The human race is embarking on a great adventure; we are discovering how the brain works by watching it in the very act of cognition. Neuroscientists are starting to unlock the code that makes the brain works, giving educators, teachers, corporate trainers and mentors new tools to help people learn. In a series of short essays, Margie Meacham leads the reader inside the human brain and links scientific discoveries to practical applications for anyone who wants to help people learn. A self-described scholar-practitioner, Margie uses brain science in her instructional consulting practice based in Phoenix, AZ. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
” Easy Read/Big Benefits”
Five Star Review By MRO & CO
I loved this book. It is arranged in a series of brief, succinct, and targeted chapters. Scientific information is presented in a straightforward and easy to understand style. This book will challenge some of your preconceived notions regarding how we learn. As the owner of a midsized manufacturing company, I am always searching for new and better ways to train my employees. Brain Matters scored a direct hit on several of my current training hotspots. I will be implementing some of the best ideas immediately. Give this book a try. You won’t be disappointed.
About the Author
Margie Meacham, “The Brain Lady,” is a scholar-practitioner in the field of education and learning and president of Learningtogo. She specializes in practical applications for neuroscience to help people learn. Margie’s clients include all types of businesses, schools and universities. She writes a popular blog for the Association of Talent Development, ATD, and has published her first book, Brain Matters: How to help anyone learn anything using neuroscience. She lives in rural Arizona with her husband, mother in law and four precious terriers. Margie is a popular speaker, guest lecturer and learning consultant. In her free time, she enjoys golf, the arts and long walks in the beautiful Arizona desert.
She can be followed on Twitter and friended on Facebook or through her website at www.learningtogo.info.
Margie first became interested in the brain as a child with undiagnosed dyslexia. Reading and math were a challenge to her because her brain kept juxtaposing letters and numbers. It didn’t help that one teacher tried to teach Margie to be right-handed when she clearly had a bias for her left hand. Her teachers wanted to hold her back in first grade because she was “slow,” but her parents believed in her and refused to let that happen. Instead, they worked with her at home, helping her learn to read. Although she struggled in the early grades, Margie eventually taught herself how to overcome the challenge of a slight learning disability and became her class valedictorian. She graduated magna cum laude from Centenary University and earned a Master’s degree in Education from Capella University.
Margie started her professional career in sales, where she found that the best way to sell something to a customer was to teach them how it worked. When she was promoted to director of training, Margie discovered her passion for teaching and helping people learn. She became one of the first corporate trainers to use video conferencing and elearning and ventured out into her own consulting company from there.
Today she consults for many top organizations, helping them design learning experiences that will form new neural connections and marry neuroscience theory with practice
Margie offers tools and templates for educators on her learningtogo.info site and is available for keynote speaking appearances, workshops and online conferences. Her annual conference on “Brain Aware” learning, Brain Matters, takes place in September and can be accessed from her learningtogo.info site. The focus of this year’s conference is Genius: What does it look like in the brain and how can we train our brains to bring out our own genius?
“This has been such an amazing journey for me,” says Margie. “I believe we are on the verge of so many wonderful discoveries about how we learn. Understanding what happens in the brain at the level of individual neurons is making us better leaders, teachers, parents and employees. We have no limits to what we can accomplish with our wonderful brains – the best survival machines ever built.”