Saturday, January 5, 2013

Two Books Coming From Wilson & Conyers in 2013

Marcus and I are pleased to announce that we will launch two new books over the next several months. Coming in April from Teachers College Press is Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Core concepts explored in this exciting new book are:

  • Neuroplasticity, understanding that the structure and function of the brain change in response to learning.
  • Potential, the capacity for all students to make learning gains.
  • Malleable intelligence, which stands in opposition to traditional views of fixed intellect.
  • The Body-Brain System, the role of movement, physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and positive emotions in facilitating learning.
  • Metacognition, explicit instruction on the use of cognitive strategies to guide students to “think about their thinking” with the aim of improving learning.
To make it easier for teachers to implement these concepts in the classroom, we offer a wealth of vignettes, examples, teaching strategies, reflective questions, and connections between current research on how people learn and classroom practice. The text concludes by unmasking myths and misconceptions that may obscure these core concepts and promoting active participation in formal and informal professional learning communities to hone teaching practice throughout one’s career.

A second book, Flourishing in the First Five Years: Connecting Implications from Mind, Brain, and Education Research to the Development of Young Children, will be published in the fall of 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield.

This book for early childhood educators, caregivers, and parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers explores how exciting and practical findings from mind, brain, and education research can be applied to help every child flourish in his or her early years and be ready to thrive on the first day of school—and every day thereafter.

Continue to follow this blog for details about how to purchase the books once they are released.

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