Everyday,we tell kids to "follow the rules" and good things will come. Now, it is our turn! So says molecular biologist John Medina, in his new book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.

According to Medina:

"If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom. If you wanted to create a business environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a cubicle. And if you wanted to change things, you might have to tear down both and start over."

Medina explains, with a nice blend of science and common sense, what the brain is "good at doing." He calls these principles, the "Brain Rules", and yes, if followed, good things will come in many aspects of our learning and lives. See if you agree:

The Twelve Brain Rules according to John:

Brain_rules

What do you think-is the list complete? What would YOU add?

For more info, check out John’s new Teachertube Video on Using Brain Rules in the Classroom and recent talk at Google Video.