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.
If you are like me, you tend to believe that people, especially children, are naturally curious and 'hard wired' to learn. A mismatch between the way students learn and the traditional structure of schooling is a likely scapegoat when students are unmotivated or unable to demonstrate learning. However, in the first Chapter (Why don't students like learning at school?) of their book, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Hattie and Yates concisely explain the reality of human curiosity and motivation to learn.