"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
"Just like his Ask the Cognitive Scientist column, Dan Willingham′s book makes fascinating but complicated research from cognitive science accessible to teachers. It is jam packed with ideas that teachers will find both intellectually rich and useful in their classroom work."
Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers
"This readable, practical book by a distinguished cognitive scientist 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 a wonderful writer, has produced a book about learning in school that reads like 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.
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The Author ix
CHAPTER 1 Why Don t Students Like School? 3
CHAPTER 2 How Can I Teach Students the Skills They Need When Standardized Tests Require Only Facts? 25
CHAPTER 3 Why Do Students Remember Everything That s on Television and Forget Everything I Say? 53
CHAPTER 4 Why Is It So Hard for Students to Understand Abstract Ideas? 87
CHAPTER 5 Is Drilling Worth It? 107
CHAPTER 6 What s the Secret to Getting Students to Think Like Real Scientists, Mathematicians, and Historians? 127
CHAPTER 7 How Should I Adjust My Teaching for Different Types of Learners? 147
CHAPTER 8 How Can I Help Slow Learners? 169
CHAPTER 9 What About My Mind? 189
End Notes 214
Credit Lines 225