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Teaching How to Learn

Teaching How to Learn
The Teacher's Guide to Student Success

December 2008 | 208 pages | Corwin

"We need to teach students how to learn, not just what to learn. This book is full of valuable information on how to accomplish this, including practical lesson ideas, examples, and vignettes. Any educator will benefit from reading this book and thinking about teaching in a new way."
—Ganna Maymind, First-Grade Teacher
Asher Holmes Elementary School, Morganville, NJ

A four-step process for helping students become independent, self-sufficient learners!

Effective teachers not only pass on information, they teach students how to learn. This innovative guidebook offers proven methods to strengthen instruction and help K–12 students acquire successful learning strategies using the SOAR approach: Selecting key lesson ideas; Organizing information using comparative charts and other representations; Associating ideas to create meaningful, memorable connections; and Regulating and reinforcing learning through practice.

Drawing from the latest research on the efficacy of these teaching methods, this resource presents:

  • Detailed explanations for teaching each SOAR strategy
  • Guidelines for fostering student motivation and behavior self-management
  • Methods for embedding student learning techniques within content instruction to develop students' capacity to learn in any setting

With insightful examples and illustrations, Teaching How to Learn will be used again and again by teachers looking to transform themselves into A+ educators and their students into lifelong learners.

Foreword by William H. Peltz
About the Author
Part I. SOAR Strategies
1. Helping Students SOAR
2. Helping Students Select
3. Helping Students Organize
4. Helping Students Associate
5. Helping Students Regulate
Part II. Support Strategies
6. Helping Students Motivate
7. Helping Students Manage Behavior
8. Helping Students Become Extraordinary

"We need to teach students how to learn, not just what to learn. This book is full of valuable information on how to accomplish this, including practical lesson ideas, examples, and vignettes. Any educator will benefit from reading this book and thinking about teaching in a new way."

Ganna Maymind, First-Grade Teacher
Asher Holmes Elementary School, Morganville, NJ

"Illustrates specific researched-based strategies that develop tools for lifelong learning. The author provides several examples, practices, and applications for study skills, metacognitive thinking, and reflection for an effective, successful learning environment."

Kathy Redford, Teacher
South Gate Middle School, CA

"Provides a creative and badly needed approach to learning. I have been in public education for 40 years, and I have seldom seen a more creative text."

Alan Grimsley, Assistant Professor
Albany State University, GA

extremely useful, in developing teaching

Mr Joshua Holman
Sport and Public services, Weston College
April 8, 2015

I found this book to contain a lot of useful information that will not only help my learners who are aspiring teachers, but myself as a reminder and enhancer for my experience.

Mrs Pam Lavender
Professional Development, South Staffordshire College
July 31, 2014

some good teaching skills here for growth

Miss CRUPA Mistry
Employability, Intraining
April 3, 2014

A useful and insightful reference for learning and teaching approaches. Although primarily written with K12 education in mind, the principles may be easily modified and applied to educational different levels.
A highly recommened read/reference for anyone interested in learning and teaching methods.

Mrs Irene Foster
School of Health, BPP University
March 20, 2014

A good read, I found the section on motivating students particularly useful. Doesn't matter how good you are at teaching, if you cant motivate your students. you are fighting a losing battle

Mr Reece Hodskinson
Community occupational therapy and manual handling team, Tameside metropolitan bourough council
January 28, 2013

Would be well placed as a sound supplemental resource.

Miss Carmel Parker
Laboratory medine, central manchester university hospitals
November 23, 2011

A book for all teachers to refer to. If we do not know how students learn then we are unlikely to teach them anything new. It identifies different strategies that can be used in the classroom. A well written book that will help inexperienced and experienced teachers.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Teacher Training, Leeds City College
March 4, 2011
Key features

Teaching How to Learn:

  • presents tested teaching strategies suitable for Grades K-12
  • sheds light from psychological research on the efficacy of teaching methods
  • includes many examples and illustrations to contextualize the model
  • features a conversational style and sense of humor that makes for easy reading

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