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"This readable, practical book by a distinguished cognitivescientist explains the universal roots of effective teaching and learning. With great wit and authority it practices the principles it preaches. It is the best teachers' guide I know of—a classic that belongs in the book bag of every teacher from preschool to grad school."
—E. D. Hirsch, Jr., university professor emeritus, University of Virginia
"Dan Willingham, rare among cognitive scientists for also being awonderful writer, has produced a book about learning in school that readslike a trip through a wild and thrilling new country. For teachers and parents, even students, there are surprises on every page. Did you know, for instance,that our brains are not really made for thinking?"
—Jay Mathews, education columnist,The Washington Post
"Educators will love this wonderful book—in clear and compelling language, Willingham shows how the most important discoveries from the cognitive revolution can be used to improve teaching and inspire students in the classroom."
—John Gabrieli, Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences,Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Scientists know so much more than we knew thirty years ago about how children learn. This book offers you the research, and the arguments,that will help you become a more effective teacher."
—Joe Riener, English teacher, Wilson High School, Washington, D.C. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
Students learn best when constructing their own knowledge.
For anyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher, or for parents who are interested in having their children learn optimally, I highly recommend this book.
Willingham effectively explains the science and provides appropriate examples, making the book very accessible and easy to read for non-experts.
I can't imagine this book being useful to anyone. It says nothing. That being said, a significant percentage of people really liked this book in reviews before mine. Read morePublished 7 days ago by RedsFan
Best book I have ever read on education. Right to the point, no educationese or jargony fluff. All based on real science, not educational "theories" that owe more to... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ameiko
The author was right on point and I can seriously apply what he has proposed. I like how he talked about al students learning abilities and he provided a helpful tips. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MsDe2U
Professor Willinghan distills nine timeless principles from the educational literature and presents them to the reader. Read morePublished 1 month ago by stephanos
This book was a great read. It was rarely dry and provides really concrete practical ways to improve one's practice I the classroom. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by bruce
This book is a very important tool for teachers and coordinators or those connected to education. It explains clearly and punctually how we can improve our teaching, mentioning... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cleide Fernandez
I've read this book twice. In fact, I am leading a voluntary book review of it with other teachers. I have been a math/science teacher for 12 years, currently teaching AP Calculus... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SA Mathman