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Book Club: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2nd edition) by James Lang

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Term: Spring 2022

Dates: February 25th, March 18th, & April 1st, 2022

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm Each session

Location: Online Only

Instructor: Danielle Lusk

Presented By: Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)



Book clubs offer opportunities to build a small community that dives into topics we have identified as timely and supportive of teaching and learning. This book club will meet three times over the course of the semester. Please see the scheduled dates and times. Books will be provided to the participants. 

Book description:  
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2nd edition) by James Lang

Research into how we learn can help facilitate better student learning―if we know how to apply it. Small Teaching fills the gap in higher education literature between the primary research in cognitive theory and the classroom environment. In this book, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of small but powerful changes that make a big difference―many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These are simple interventions that can be integrated into pre-existing techniques, along with clear descriptions of how to do so. Inside, you’ll find brief classroom or online learning activities, one-time interventions, and small modifications in course design or student communication. These small tweaks will bring your classroom into alignment with the latest evidence in cognitive research. 

Each chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive research that has implications for classroom teaching, explains the rationale for offering it within a specific time period in a typical class, and then provides concrete examples of how this intervention has been used or could be used by faculty in a variety of disciplines. The second edition features revised and updated content including a newly authored preface, new examples and techniques, updated research, and updated resources.  

    How can you make small tweaks to your teaching to bring the latest cognitive science into the classroom? 
    How can you help students become good at retrieving knowledge from memory? 
    How does making predictions now help us learn in the future? 
    How can you build community in the classroom? 

Higher education faculty and administrators, as well as K-12 teachers and teacher trainers, will love the easy-to-implement, evidence-based techniques in Small Teaching