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The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them

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An explosive growth in research on how people learn has revealed many ways to improve teaching and catalyze learning at all ages. The purpose of this book is to present this new science of learning so that educators can creatively translate the science into exceptional practice. The book is highly appropriate for the preparation and professional development of teachers and ...more
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Published July 26th 2016 by W. W. Norton Company
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Ken Rideout
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's not a book per se but a handy, relatively concise synopsis of what current brain science tells us about best practices for teaching and learning. In addition to outlining the research and the practices, each chapter has a “risks of”, “good and bad examples”, and references. Here's a synopsis:

A: Analogy
1. Explaining the novel by analogy
2. Show two examples and ask about deep structure vs. surface features

B: Belonging
-ward off stereotype threat
-make it easy to belong
-Shared norms
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: useful-books
First off, either I totally missed everything this book said or the book description on Goodreads is wrong (it has absolutely nothing to do with global politics, much less the Palestine-Israeli conflict). More seriously, this book was a good guide to understanding some of the basics of learning and how to facilitate learning as a teacher. I read this book in the context of my job as a "peer learning assistant" (aka, a tutor), but it also changed some things about how I approached my classes as a ...more
Robert Bogue
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m always trying to find ways to better teach and train. I, just like you, have seen plenty of bad training courses, where you want to stab pencils in your ears and gouge out your eyes just to stop the pain of listening and seeing the training session. While not every teaching engenders this response, far too many of them do. My goal is that no one will ever feel that way in my teaching. I desire to create an experience that’s aligned with how adults learn and is based on everything we know ...more
Smitesh Bakrania
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great reference material. You can pick it up and start where you left off and not loose on the continuity. Each chapter (letter) is full of insightful details on how we learn and how we can use the concepts to teach. Key highlights would be deliberate practice, feedback, self-efficacy, mindset to remind remind ourselves of how we should structure our teaching. A recommended read, especially for someone who has already taught for few years to replenish ideas and reenergize your efforts. ...more
Ziyad Khesbak
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
While some of the entries are a bit forced to fit the alphabet scheme and could be folded into other chapters, I really loved this book and wish it was available years ago. As someone very interested in educational techniques and singing the graces of various techniques which seem to be aggressively ignored in the education of adults, it was vindicating to see them present here with scientific backing, well-organized by utility. A must-read for every educator.
Rossleigh Brisbane
Education needs this book!

This book should be required reading for all teachers. It lists the pros and cons of all the strategies and doesn’t push a particular idea or product. Chapters can be read in isolation so it doesn’t require an all at once commitment. I’ve ordered a number of copies for my school. Now if I can just get others to read them!,,
Jacob O'Bryant
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. I'm not a teacher, but I'm highly interested in education and how it can be improved (especially for learning computer programming). This book is full of fascinating studies.
Krzysztof Kula
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Focused on teachers. A little bit for self learners
, but not much.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to both students and professionals. As the title suggests, the book presents twenty-six topics in the latest research for how learning happens in humans. It opened my eyes to how I could approach and grow in my profession and in my life. It also helped me to reflect on times when I wasn't learning effectively, and how I could've maybe approached it differently. Furthermore, it gave me insight into how schools, organizations, and companies can be better prepared to ...more
David Rickards
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written by a team of Stanford professors, this book manages to be practical and scholarly at the same time. Loved it! If I ever get a chance to instruct again, I'll go back and re-read it ... then keep it close by on the shelf. Recommended to any educator.
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Tianhong Shi
I love this idea of summarizing teaching/learning strategies with the 26 Alphabet letters.
A is for analogy.
B is for Belonging.
C is for contrasting cases.
D is for deliberate practice.
E is for elaboration.
F is for feedback
G is for generation.
H is for hands on.
I is for imaginative play.
J is for just-in-time telling.
K is for knowledge.
L is for listening and sharing.
M is for making.
N is for norms.
O is for organization.
P is for participation.
Q is fur question driven.
R is for reward.
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