ONE BOOK for Summer Reading!

  • Posted on: 19 May 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

In terms of this year's summer reading, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn is a clear winner! Don't end your summer with a long list of books that you 'didn't get to'. Instead, focus your reading on one phenomenal book, and broaden your perspectives on teaching and learning in the context of current research.  This book is guaranteed to make you think more deeply about practices in your organization, and will make you a stronger educator, leader, mentor or consultant.

Whether you are a university math professor, a kindergarten teacher, or a martial arts instructor, this book is relevant to your work.  If you are a leader who supports the process of teaching and learning, this book is for you.  If you are a person who wants to know more about how people learn and function, you will benefit tremendously from this book.

In Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, well-known Australian authors John Hattie and Gregory Yates provide a comprehensive and readable synthesis of research related to how human beings learn. Not only will you see yourself in the pages of this book, you will gain a much deeper understanding of how you (and those you work with) can use research to improve teaching and learning.  Don't we (everyone from the government on down) expect our teachers to apply research based-strategies in their classrooms?  Well, how much do we apply them?  How well do we support others on their quest to understand and use research to improve instruction? The truth is, the more we know the better we can help others.

The role of feedback, the impact of cognitive load, teaching for automaticity, multitasking, achieving self-control... these are just a few of the relevant topics that are addressed in this stellar compilation.

Strengthen your understanding of current research so that you can use what you know to teach, lead or support others. If this book sounds dry, I have good news for you: it is high interest and written in plain English that anyone can understand. There is no jargon from the world of academia. Perhaps the best part is that the chapters are very short. That means you can easily read and digest one chapter at a time and get some great ideas even when you have only brief periods of time for summer reading.

In all honesty, this is one of the best books I have ever read.  No one who works in the field of education should go without reading it. Anyone who works with others to help them learn or perform, if they read this book, will gain greater insight into how they can improve their ability to support others within their organizations. 

Don't delay, get Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn today, and get the most of your summer reading.  One book... it's all you need this summer