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Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning




Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning

Pooja K. Agarwal, Patrice M. Bain

ISBN: 978-1-119-52184-6 June 2019 Jossey-Bass 352 Pages


Unleash powerful teaching and the science of learning in your classroom

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning empowers educators to harness rigorous research on how students learn and unleash it in their classrooms. In this book, cognitive scientist Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D., and veteran K–12 teacher Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., decipher cognitive science research and illustrate ways to successfully apply the science of learning in classrooms settings. This practical resource is filled with evidence-based strategies that are easily implemented in less than a minute—without additional prepping, grading, or funding!

Research demonstrates that these powerful strategies raise student achievement by a letter grade or more; boost learning for diverse students, grade levels, and subject areas; and enhance students’ higher order learning and transfer of knowledge beyond the classroom. Drawing on a fifteen-year scientist-teacher collaboration, more than 100 years of research on learning, and rich experiences from educators in K–12 and higher education, the authors present highly accessible step-by-step guidance on how to transform teaching with four essential strategies: Retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition. 

With Powerful Teaching, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of powerful teaching strategies based on the science of learning
  • Gain insight from real-world examples of how evidence-based strategies are being implemented in a variety of academic settings
  • Think critically about your current teaching practices from a research-based perspective
  • Develop tools to share the science of learning with students and parents, ensuring success inside and outside the classroom

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning is an indispensable resource for educators who want to take their instruction to the next level. Equipped with scientific knowledge and evidence-based tools, turn your teaching into powerful teaching and unleash student learning in your classroom.


Chapter 1: Discover the Power Behind Power Tools

Chapter 2: Build a Foundation with Retrieval Practice

Chapter 3: Empower Teaching with Retrieval Practice Strategies

Chapter 4: Energize Learning with Spacing and Interleaving

Chapter 5: Engage Students with Feedback-Driven Metacognition

Chapter 6: Combine Power Tools and Harness Your Toolbox

Chapter 7: Keeping It Real: Use Power Tools to Tackle Challenges, Not Add to Them

Chapter 8: Foster a Supportive Environment: Use Power Tools to Reduce Anxiety and Strengthen Community

Chapter 9: Spark Conversations with Students About the Science of Learning

Chapter 10: Spark Conversations with Parents About the Science of Learning

Chapter 11: Powerful Professional Development for Teachers and Leaders

Chapter 12: Do-It-Yourself Retrieval Guide

Conclusion: Unleash the Science of Learning