on June 20, 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book, Willingham is a Harvard trained psychologist but he avoids a lot of the jargon, spares us the psycho-babble, and instead provides practical pedagogy guidelines for us teachers on how to harness the potential cognition of our students.
I won't give them away, but as Willingham says himself, most of his conclusions and guidelines are more or less common knowledge, but the beauty of the book is in the way he is able to communicate it -- he does so in a very straightforward manner with good use of visuals. He uses good examples to illustrate his points.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone studying educational psychology, or anyone in the K-12 teaching field.
on January 8, 2011
As an educator I find this book to be an extremely important for my own professional development and I would go so far as to say it should be required reading for all teachers. The contents of this book, however, are not just for educators. This book, written in easy to read layman's terms, is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the way the human brain works and the implications of that on our daily lives.