Book Review                                      Online Exclusive


The Instructional Leader

and the Brain   

Using Neuroscience to Inform Practice 


by Margaret Glick, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2011, 208 pp. with index, $31.95 softcover

As instructional leaders, building administrators are required to evaluate individual teacher performance throughout the year to refine teaching skills and best meet the educational needs of students.

Margaret Glick, author of The Instructional Leader and the Brain, is an independent consultant whose work links neuroscience, cognitive science and education. She has worked as a teacher, principal, mentor/coach and superintendent. Using her knowledge of recent brain research and neurological studies, Glick highlights teaching practices that should be found in all classrooms.

The book begins with an overview of the structures and functions of the brain. Five chapters follow each focus on a learning principle and its application in the classroom based on what brain research has taught us about optimizing student performance. Glick uses common classroom scenarios to emphasize best teacher practices based on what is currently known about brain function.

By focusing on the connection of brain research to teaching, Glick’s book encourages all educators to be more aware of the tangential aspects of learning, such as a student’s emotional state, the amount of stress present in a child’s life, the physical environment of the classroom and use the information to design.

The Instructional Leader and the Brain combines neurological science with the art of teaching and provides educators at all levels with research-based information that can be used to inform and improve teaching practice.

Reviewed by Edythe B. Austermuhl, superintendent, Deerfield Township School, Rosenhayn, N.J. 


Give your feedback

Share this article

Order this issue