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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking guide to improve teaching based on the latest research in neuroscience, from the best-selling author of A Mind for Numbers.

Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have made enormous strides in understanding the brain and how we learn, but little of that insight has filtered down to the way teachers teach. Uncommon Sense Teaching applies this research to the classroom for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in improving education. Topics include:

  • Keeping students motivated and engaged, especially with online learning
  • Helping students remember information long-term, so it isn't immediately forgotten after a test
  • How to teach inclusively in a diverse classroom where students have a wide range of abilities

Drawing on research findings as well as the authors' combined decades of experience in the classroom, Uncommon Sense Teaching equips listeners with the tools to enhance their teaching, whether they're seasoned professionals or parents trying to offer extra support for their children's education.

This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of charts and illustrations from the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Barbara Oakley (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"For too long, teaching has been treated as an inscrutable craft, with each practitioner fashioning idiosyncratic practices from intuition and experience. But like all professions, pedagogy can be improved through technology, research, and science. This trio of experts show how to elevate this dark art to an effective and enjoyable practice." (Steven Pinker, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and New York Times best-selling author of How the Mind Works and Enlightenment Now)

“A big step in translating cognitive science and neuroscience into street-level understanding of how learning works. Every teacher, student, and parent will find practical ideas of immediate value.” (Peter C. Brown, coauthor of Make It Stick

“This book is an absolute must for anyone who cares about education. The brain is geared for learning and adaptation, and this is the definitive set of tools for helping students get the most out of learning. Learning is supposed to be fun - knowing how to do it in the way your brain is designed to learn is the most fun of all. What a delightful, brilliant book.” (Mayim Bialik, PhD, four-time Emmy nominee for The Big Bang Theory and New York Times best-selling author of Girling Up and Boying Up

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Wonderful book on teaching!

'm a HUGE fan of Barbara Oakley! I love this book. It gets into the nuts and bolts of how the brain works while it is learning. It's almost like programming reference manual for teaching. Not all the details are here, of course, but it is quite a learning adventure for someone who is not in the business of pedagogy. A must-read for teachers! It was a great read for me, I learned quite a bit.

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Excellent resource - get the PDF

This is a great book and you will want to ensure you download the accompanying PDF if listening to the audiobook.
I ended up using both the print and audiobook as the material was excellent and I wanted to have the printed edition.

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Excellent!

I love this book and learned so much! I can't believe we don't learn more about the science of learning in Uni. Would definitely recommend!