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If you are in any way attached to K-12 education, read this book,
This review is from: Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom (Hardcover)
This is one of the most practical and powerful books for K-12 education that I have read in years. As a middle school principal and part-time graduate professor of education, I have had the opportunity to read tons of K-12 literature and work with hundreds of K-12 educators. This book struck a chord with me, and I have already ordered copies for my staff for next year.
This book is the perfect companion to Marzano's What Works. Marzano documents specific, research-based instructional strategies that can help teachers improve the quality of learning in their classrooms; Willingham's book makes clear the cognitive processes that make some classroom approaches more successful than others. Every couple pages of Willingham's book, I would stop and say to myself "Wow, that just makes sense!" This book clears through the jargon and theoretical clutter that has taken hold in so many of the corners of the K-12 education space, providing simple, logical, scientific explanations for the learning process. If you work in K-12 education, if you have a child in a K-12 school, or if you're just interested in understanding how learning works (or should work), read this book.