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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: How does one become good at retrieving knowledge from memory? How does making predictions now help us learn in the future? How do instructors instill fixed or growth mindsets in their students? 

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.

©2016 James Lang, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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Why is there no accompanying PDF????

I enjoyed it and it seemed to utilize research to a large degree.
I am a teacher and found some inspiration.
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Could really use an PDF with key concepts!

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Excellent teaching resource!

As an instructor who is new to higher level education, this book gives practical and awesome tips to integrate into the classroom. Loved it!

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good read!

I really enjoyed this book. very good book for teachers to look at and read through!

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Highly recommended

This is written for teaching in higher education, but really could be adapted for younger learners as well. I would recommend this to anyone who teaches.

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Regurgitation

Total regurgitation of Make it Stick and other works. Not a single original thought. Not worth the time or money.

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Education tools

I was assigned this book for a nursing theories class. This book has some very effective teaching tools. I've tried quite a few with good results this far. It an enjoyable read as I was captivated by the material. Definitely recommending it to other educators I know.