Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
Employ cognitive theory in the classroom every day
Research into how we learn has opened the door for utilizing cognitive theory to facilitate better student learning. But that's easier said than done. Many books about cognitive theory introduce radical but impractical theories, failing to make the connection to the classroom. In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques. Learn, for example:
Each chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive theory, explains when and how it should be employed, and provides firm examples of how the intervention has been or could be used in a variety of disciplines. Small teaching techniques include brief classroom or online learning activities, one-time interventions, and small modifications in course design or communication with students.
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"Small Teaching" by James Lang is filled with simple practices that can be inserted into existing course designs to improve student learning outcomes at the college level. There is no need for massive ... Read full review
All I can say, is "Wow." As an inspiring professor myself (currently in the 2nd year of my PhD program) I consistently grapple with the question "Are my students learning enough?" No matter how hard one tries to illustrate a particular concept, there is still no guarantee that the student absorbs the subject matter or even cares about it. After reading this book, I realized that the reason why I am always so worried about my students is because I want to one day be a great teacher. Mr. Lang's conscience-warming strategies are just the beginning. "I wanna be the very best, that no one ever was"