This book introduces concepts about how our brains and memories work and what that means for students and teachers. It helps give a basis for understanding why certain learning strategies are important, and how teachers can alter their strategies or introduce new ones that students receive the most effective teaching. For example, the book talks a lot about the importance of relaxed alertness. This is a supportive yet challenging and empowering social environment that elicts learners' interests, purposes, and meanings. Without relaxed alertness, students may focus on their discomfort and not be engaged or able to learn. The book gives ideas for how teachers can help create relaxed alertness in their classroom so that learning can commence.
If I could change this book in any way it would be to add more examples. Although the ones included are great, they are limited in number. Also, I felt like there was some redundancy in content. For exmaple, relaxed alertness is explained and referred to numerous times, as is the concept of perseveration or "short-term survival response that occurs when a personal belief (what one believes to be true of others or of the world generally) or belief about oneself (what one believes about one's own activities or reasoning) is challenged" (94). On the other hand, this redundancy allows readers to jump in at any chapter and not feel out of their depth, which may be beneficial for some class use of this text.