Publication Date: September 30, 2009
These are turbulent times. We live in a climate of vigorous testing and memorization, so how can we both engage and challenge our children to learn and become thinking citizens in our society? In her invaluable new book, Selma Wassermann takes a step forward from Louis Raths’s seminal work and gives us some truly helpful answers to this modern dilemma. Using new data from her extensive field work, Wassermann (a co-author of Teaching for Thinking) provides a wealth of innovative classroom strategies that will enable and empower students to grasp the “big ideas” across virtually all curriculum areas and apply this knowledge to problem solving. Using a teacher-friendly style, this practical book:
Selma Wassermann is Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Her books include Serious Players in the Primary Classroom, The New Teaching Elementary Science, Teaching for Thinking, and This Teaching Life.
“As a teacher in 1967, I used the first edition of Teaching for Thinking to guide my work with students. Selma Wassermann now has imaginatively woven together new theory, strategies, and activities for thinking into a treasure trove for another generation of teachers. Bravo!”
—Larry Cuban, Professor Emeritus of Education, Stanford University
"Selma Wassermann's narratives capture well the substance and spirit of the philosophy of teaching for thinking developed earlier by Louis Raths, with her significant help. The text shares how recent research and development have enriched our understandings of the power of the theory presented here and the efficacy of its classroom applications."
—James Raths, Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware