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I have no idea why the product description talks so much about football-- happily, this book does not! Loertscher does his usual provocative job as he makes the case for asking classroom teachers to set aside time for 'metacognition'-- the moment in which students consider what they've learned, come to overarching conclusions, and then generate ideas about what might come next, what form it would take, what new questions they might have, and where they might seek answers. Rather than simply moving on to the next unit in the curriculum, he argues that this is a place for reflection and analysis and should be part of the curriculum. He also suggests that teachers or teaching teams can use similar strategies at the end of a unit to refine their teaching. Not only does he make a cogent case, however-- he provides a whole series of templates for different kinds of lessons, ranging from the humanities to the sciences, that teachers can draw on/use wholesale as they incorporate the big think into their plans, making this exceedingly user-friendly. The only downside, as fans of his work know, is that some of the elements of his homemade production can be funky at times... typos, yes, but also in this book fairly counterintuitive flowcharts. That said, he does wrangle each template onto a single page, so it's always possible to figure it out without much work! The ideas are great and it's one of those books that, as a teacher, you find yourself reading with half your attention and with the other half already figuring out what you'll be applying to your next course! Interesting, stimulating, APPLICABLE stuff. **Later note: I wrote this review a couple of years ago and wanted to add that I've been using these ideas in my courses for the past 2 years and they have been GREAT. Very helpful to my students & satisfying to me as well in letting me see and all of us articulate what has been learned.