—R.R. Sherman, emeritus, University of Florida Highly Recommended
From the Inside Flap
Making Learning Whole
"One summer I participated in Little League baseball . . . Baseball for me was a triumph of mediocrity. I wasn't especially good at it but I wasn't awful either . . . In the years since those days I've come to an odd conclusion about those early learning experiences: The results were only so-so but the process was pretty good . . . It was pretty good because from the beginning I built up a feel for the whole game. I knew what hitting the ball or missing the ball got you. I knew about scoring runs and keeping score. I knew what I had to do to do well, even though I only pulled it off part of the time. I saw how it fit together."
from the IntroductionIn Making Learning Whole, David Perkinsa noted authority on teaching and learning and senior co-director of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Educationintroduces a new, practical, and research-based framework for teaching. Using learning the game of baseball as a metaphor, Perkins illustrates how teaching any subject at any grade level can be made more effective if students are introduced to the "whole game," rather than isolated pieces of a discipline.
Filled with real-world examples, Making Learning Whole describes how learning can be organized for deep and lasting impact by using these seven principles:
Play the Whole Game
Make the Game Worth Playing
Work on the Hard Parts
Play Out of Town
Uncover the Hidden Game
Learn from the Team
Learn the Game of Learning
At the end of each chapter, Perkins includes "Wonders of Learning," a summary of the key ideas and "I wonder . . ." questions, which can be answered in real contexts of teaching and learning.