Ooh! As one who loves to play memorization games, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book (it’s currently checked out). A popular idea, supported by many educators and reinforced by cognitive science theories, is that teachers need to teach to different learning styles. But wait…here we have a book, written by a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, which might dispel some of these popular notions and, apparently, even advocates the integration of some form of “rote learning,” a style not supported by progressive education theorists. Rote learning gets such a bad rap so I would like to hear Mr. Willingham’s views on this debate. I’m particularly interested in reading this book to find out what the author has to say about memorization and learning.
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Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. Why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television program, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test?
Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning and has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by classroom teachers. This book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learnrevealing the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.