The Teacher’s Essential Guide to the Brain

by Karen Ferry and Matthew Dahlitz

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By applying neuroscience and the principles of neuropsychotherapy to education, this book answers many of the questions that teachers ponder at one time or another during their career.

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Questions such as: Why do some students ease into school life and spontaneously build friendships the moment they walk through the school gates, while others are timid and anxious, preferring to slink off somewhere and withdraw? Why do some students retaliate and routinely become angry and aggressive when challenged, while others accept responsibility and move on to the next task? Why do some students always seem to get bullied, while others move through the school system encircled by friends, sleepovers and birthday parties? Why is it that some kids seem to always be in trouble and have a “permanent spot” in the time-out area, while others seem to have a natural tendency to study, apply themselves, cooperate and learn? Why did a particular behaviour management strategy work with one child but not with another one?

Teachers usually known what works! They have seen children who are keen and excited, enthusiastic and exuberant about coming to school—and not just because they are going on school camp! Teachers have also been keenly aware and sometimes embarrassed about what did not work so well, but may not really known why. This book will provide teachers, and anyone involved in the field of education, with insights into the minds of student to become a more effective teachers, or administrators.

Karen Ferry is a Counsellor and a Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner. Her experience in working with children and teenagers has been wide and extensive. Karen is also an educator and has worked in private and public school systems, as a classroom teacher, administrator, in curriculum development and has given specialist educational care for children in home education environments.

Karen has written a number of articles for The Neuropsychotherapist. Her book and program manual, Benson the Boxer: A Story of Loss and Life is a unique resource for clinicians, parents and caregivers to help children deal with loss, grief and trauma.

Co-author Matthew Dahlitz is a neuropsychotherapist, consultant, author and publisher. He is both university trained and an autodidactic who’s knowledge spans across the arts, technology, psychology, neuroscience, emergency medicine, and business.

Matthew is the Editor-in-Chief of The Neuropsychotherapist, author of The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain. He runs a consultancy business for entrepreneurs and business executives using the principles of neuropsychotherapy and neuroscience.


Contents of The Teacher’s Essential Guide to the Brain include:

  • The Divided Brain
  • Three Layers
  • Amazingly Networked
  • Neurons
  • Deep Systems
  • The Neo Cortex
  • Epigenetics
  • Motivation
  • Mirror Neurons
  • Default Mode
  • Obsessive–Compulsive
  • Fear & Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Brain–Body
  • Memory
  • Teaching for Success
  • Kitchen Garden Program
  • Domestic Violence
  • Psychological Needs



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