Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practiceby Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers, Robert Calfee
This seminal text, grounded in the synergy of five big ideas for connecting mind, brain, and education research to classroom practice, empowers educators with an inspiring conceptual framework for effective teaching. It is a compelling vision as well as a firm foundation for implementing the Common Core State Standards. The practical application of the essential… See more details below
This seminal text, grounded in the synergy of five big ideas for connecting mind, brain, and education research to classroom practice, empowers educators with an inspiring conceptual framework for effective teaching. It is a compelling vision as well as a firm foundation for implementing the Common Core State Standards. The practical application of the essential ideas-neuroplasticity, potential, malleable intelligence, the Body-Brain System, and metacognition-is supported by a wealth of vignettes, examples, inspirational stories from teachers, strategies, reflective questions, and connections between current research on how people learn and classroom practice.
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This book includes a wealth of information compacted into an easy read for teachers. The section in chapter six on connecting cognitive strategies to the Common Core State Standards is very useful to teachers especially with the present-day mandates. I love how it visually puts together the chapters to include guided questions, summaries and reflections, differing perspectives on thinking about the subject matter, opportunities for the reader to learn more about the topics, and practical examples from teachers. This book is a great example on how we should be delivering information to our students.
This important book for teachers dispels long-held myths about student intelligence and potential. “Five Big Ideas” starts with the latest mind, brain, and education research, which conveys a new understanding about the brain’s amazing plasticity. As the book explains, this means is that intelligence is not a fixed characteristic but rather we can become smarter through hard work and effective learning strategies. Teachers who understand this and the other big ideas contained within this book will be better able to see the potential in all of their students—not just those who have been previously identified as high achievers. Low expectations from teachers become a self-fulfilling prophecy, but as the authors explain, teachers who have high expectations for all of their students and follow through with effective teaching strategies can make an incredible difference in their students’ academic performance and, ultimately their lives.
Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching is for classroom teachers as well as administrators, parents, and education policy makers. Wilson & Conyers have taken complicated research on neuroscience and education and presented it in a clear and captivating manner. A must read for the educator in all of us!