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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Educators of any stripe or level, school administrators, district board members - you need this book also.
It explores creativity, curiosity, the desire to learn, as well as the practical benefits of real world learning.
He simply introduces/addresses profound ideas with very digestible and thought provoking strokes of his pen.
By following David Perkins's prescription for education we could teach children to think more deeply and gain a greater appreciation for the learning of many concepts presented in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jim Robertson
I expected a stilted academic read, but instead found this book to be written with passion. It is academic literature. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara Madden
If someone posed the question to me of "If you could take just one book with you to a desert island, an island where you'd open up a school," then I'd choose this book, without... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Moscow Writers Group
I think the push toward "teaching the test" has really left actual learning behind. This book is a must-read for all teachers -- especially those who want to really teach... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rebecca Burch
I couldn't put this book down. It is so insightful as to why kids don't make connections and why certain common classroom lessons don't work. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by R. Callahan