The top 10 education books of 2018

TES | December 27, 2018

Learning How to Learn is written for children and gives a very accessible account of how our brains actually learn, accompanied by practical activities that you can put into action straight away.As well as rescuing the idea of “learning how to learn”, this book is a landmark in another way. As far as I know, it is the first attempt to explain some of the latest research in cognitive psychology to children and not just teachers.This is a particularly valuable task because so many traditional teacher injunctions can seem like they have no purpose other than to make children’s lives a misery. This book explains in a pupil-friendly way why things such as practice and drill really do matter, and how in the long term they will make your life easier and save you the misery of late-night cramming and exam anxiety.

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Schools face an array of challenges and opportunities, especially considering the diverse needs of students and educators. To meet those opportunities, more administrators are looking for ways to personalize professional development (PD) and support teachers in a lasting, meaningful way. There are four distinct attributes that ensure PD efforts are as successful as possible: the professional learning is personalized, job embedded, both ongoing and sustainable, and tied to evaluations.

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Schools face an array of challenges and opportunities, especially considering the diverse needs of students and educators. To meet those opportunities, more administrators are looking for ways to personalize professional development (PD) and support teachers in a lasting, meaningful way. There are four distinct attributes that ensure PD efforts are as successful as possible: the professional learning is personalized, job embedded, both ongoing and sustainable, and tied to evaluations.

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