Author(s): Daniel T. Willingham
This title features easy-to-apply, scientifically-based approaches for engaging students in the classroom. Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals-the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences. It contains nine, easy-to-understand principles with clear applications for the classroom. It includes surprising findings, such as that intelligence is malleable, and that you cannot develop 'thinking skills' without facts. How an understanding of the brain's workings can help teachers hone their teaching skills? 'Mr. Willingham's answers apply just as well outside the classroom. Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least, parents -anyone who cares about how we learn should find his book valuable reading' - "Wall Street Journal".
Acknowledgments. The Author. Introduction. CHAPTER 1 Why Don't Students Like School? CHAPTER 2 How Can I Teach Students the Skills They Need When Standardized Tests Require Only Facts? CHAPTER 3 Why Do Students Remember Everything That's on Television and Forget Everything I Say? CHAPTER 4 Why Is It So Hard for Students to Understand Abstract Ideas? CHAPTER 5 Is Drilling Worth It? CHAPTER 6 What's the Secret to Getting Students to Think Like Real Scientists, Mathematicians, and Historians? CHAPTER 7 How Should I Adjust My Teaching for Different Types of Learners? CHAPTER 8 How Can I Help Slow Learners? CHAPTER 9 What About My Mind? Conclusion. Notes. Index. Credit Lines.