Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
This is a good and practical book about teaching. It’s meant for school teachers, but I read it for tips on communicating ideas.
The title refers to the scope of teaching – there are large-scale strategies to improving teaching across groups. But this book is about small teacher – how to improve individual students.
There’s some good stuff here:
- Basic retrieval of ideas
- Connecting ideas to other ideas, to avoid disconnected islands of knowledge
- Explaining the ideas to others to increase your own understanding
Each chapter discusses the importance and theory of the idea, then has specific strategies at the end.
There’s a section at the end of motivation that I skimmed because my “students” are quite different than the average pupil, so not a lot of it applied.
This is a book I’ll skim through again the next time I’m putting together a workshop or my college courses.
- I have read this book. According to my records, I completed it on October 19, 2022.
- A hardcover copy of this book is currently in my home library.
Here are some notes I took on the acquisition of this book:
Hilary Marsh recommended this.