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Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning empowers educators to harness rigorous research on how students learn and unleash it in their classrooms. In this book, cognitive scientist Pooja K. Agarwal, PhD, and veteran K-12 teacher Patrice M. Bain, EdS, decipher cognitive science research and illustrate ways to successfully apply the science of learning in classrooms settings. This practical resource is filled with evidence-based strategies that are easily implemented in less than a minute - without additional prepping, grading, or funding!

Research demonstrates that these powerful strategies raise student achievement by a letter grade or more; boost learning for diverse students, grade levels, and subject areas; and enhance students' higher order learning and transfer of knowledge beyond the classroom. 

Drawing on a 15-year scientist-teacher collaboration, more than 100 years of research on learning, and rich experiences from educators in K-12 and higher education, the authors present highly accessible step-by-step guidance on how to transform teaching with four essential strategies: Retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition.

©2019 Pooja K. Agarwal and Patrice M. Bain (P)2019 Tantor

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Best for practical advice on retrieval practice

If I had to recommend one book that talked about the importance of retrieval practice in learning and how to do it, this book would be it, because it focuses on almost nothing else. It also describes many practical ways to incorporate the techniques into your teaching.

My complaints about the book are minor: the authors get a little to cutsie in their prose, referring, for example to their techniques as "power tools" and promising that you will "unleash" powerful teaching. This phraseology gets a bit old by the end of the book. And the last chapter is about using the techniques in professional development and I had to stop listening; it was just a rehash of everything in the book I'd already heard.

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Rehash of Other Similar Books

This book was good, but didn't really teach anything new or undiscovered. It's a great book for someone interested in learning and memory.

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Reader is hard to listen to

The reader pronounces her “a’s” inconsistently and rather annoyingly. Difficult to stay focused on content. Content is superb.

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Easy to follow and a good guide for the future teaching and learning for both students and teachers.

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Awesome book

It will totally change the way you teach. I've been teaching for 30 years. This is the most helpful book I've read about teaching more effectively.

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Wonderful book

If school was anything like this, I would have loved it. The book is focused on teachers, but it can help anyone, whether you are in school or you have children in school. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • Katie Guerin
  • 03-26-21

Narrator

The narrator is so robotic that it’s very difficult to appreciate the contents of the book. The narrator should possibly reconsider her career choice.

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  • Kath
  • 08-10-21

Fantastic

What a valuable resource! I learnt so much from this audiobook. I enjoyed it from both a professional and personal perspective. It included so many practical strategies which I can’t wait to implement in my classroom. However, the thing that I enjoyed most was that it provided me with the tools to reflect on my own learning. So often I read text books, listen to audiobooks or even engage in professional learning to increase my knowledge and understanding in the realm of education. And so often I forget the content. This book has forever changed my approach to learning and retrieving information. I will use these strategies often. Both in the classroom and for my own benefit as well. Thank you to the amazing authors. I’m very grateful.