Foreword by: Robert Calfee
Publication Date: April 10, 2020
This is the second edition of the seminal text designed to empower educators with an innovative and inspiring conceptual framework for effective teaching. This bestseller is grounded in the synergy of five big ideas for connecting mind, brain, and education research to classroom practice: neuroplasticity, potential, malleable intelligence, the Body-Brain System, and metacognition. Updated and expanded to include new sections on social and emotional learning, this edition offers a firm foundation for implementing current rigorous standards. The authors draw on their experience working with tens of thousands of educators worldwide to drive the book’s focus on practical application. Essential ideas are reinforced through vignettes, examples, inspirational stories from teachers, strategies, reflective questions, and current research on how people learn.
New for the Second Edition:
Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, developers of graduate degrees focused on applied Mind, Brain, and Education science, are founders of the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention. Donna, former chair of Education at University of Detroit Mercy, is faculty with ASCD, and Marcus is a PhD research supervisor with Canterbury Christ Church University.
“Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching is a wonderful synthesis of some of the most important and impacting concepts to come out of the learning sciences and into the classroom. Any serious teacher and educational leader should consider this basic reading. Wilson and Conyers manage to weave a complex transdisciplinary vision of the teaching-learning dynamic into ‘five big ideas’ about Brain Plasticity, Learning Potential, Intelligence, the Mind-Body Connection, and Metacognition while integrating thousands of tidbits of advice into the mix. A pleasure to read.”
—Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, professor at the Harvard University Extension School and educational researcher at the Latin American Faculty for Social Science Research in Ecuador
“With the explosion of our knowledge in the learning sciences it becomes pivotal for educators to abandon the outdated ideas and theories that are no longer relevant to 21st Century learners. Wilson and Conyers provide an excellent, gentle entry into the modern learning sciences while promoting clear understanding of their importance and impact on contemporary learners. This is a solid introductory text for pre-service teachers as well as a ‘quick start’ for updating skills for veteran educators.”
—Linda Rittner, professor emerita, educational sciences, foundations and research, University of Central Oklahoma
"The title promises ideas for effective teaching, and the book delivers on this promise in clear, compelling, and believable prose. This is a book for educators, for policy makers, for parents, and even for presidents."
—From the Foreword by Robert Calfee, professor emeritus, Stanford University