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Read two free chapters of The Ingredients for Great Teaching: Something about a burned steak and Prior knowledge: how learning begins
My new book The Ingredients for Great Teaching is almost available now. For the people who really can’t wait or who want to learn something about the importance of prior knowledge, I’ve got great news. Sage lets you download the second chapter for free!
Click this link to access the chapter. This free access offer is only available till the 31st of March. After that Sage will be closing the page. So get it while it’s hot. And if you want to read also the first chapter of the book, click on look inside on Amazon.
You can check The Ingredients for Great Teaching at Google Books here, but keep watching this space as soon you’ll be able to get another way to read a more interesting preview…
Oh, and if you want to read the full book? You don’t have to believe the dates on Amazon, as the book will be out in the second half of March.
As a teenager I only had one dream: becoming a rock star. Ok, I admit I’m still having that dream. Remember that bath tub scene in The Commitments, yes, that was me. This morning when I was updating my event-page at Amazon, I suddenly realized that I fulfilled a part of this dream. The next coming months I’ll be going on a World Tour to talk about my new book The Ingredients for Great Teaching.
And the great thing is… there are still talks for more venues in more countries. If you want me to come over to your country – and if I’m not teaching – contact Walter, Desmond & co here.
|Mar 10, 2018
|Haninge, Sweden||Fredrika Bremergymnasiet||Leads Network Day/ResearchED Haninge|
|Apr 14, 2018
|Mississauga, Ontario, Canada||Mississauga Secondary School||ResearchED Ontario|
|Apr 20, 2018
|Barcelona, Spain||TBA||The EGIN annual conference 2018|
|Jun 22, 2018
|Crowthorne, Berkshire, UK||Wellington College||Festival of Education|
|Jul 22-26, 2018
|Potomac, MD, US||St. Andrews Episcopal School||CTTL’s The Science Of Teaching & School Leadership Academy|
|Sep 15, 2018
|Pretoria, South-Africa||TBA||ResearchED South-Africa|
The book has been a success already in Dutch with almost 1800 copies sold in 5 weeks time.
For who can’t read Dutch, the English version will be published in March by Sage Publishing.
Some people were lucky enough to read the book already, and had this to say about it:
And there is also somebody else who read the book already, check the cover and yes, I’m proud:
When I started working on my PhD 2 elements were key: education and popular culture, more specific pop music. After a while I had to make a tough decision and had to focus on authenticity in education. But that didn’t mean that I forgot about that other element. Yes, I’m still a musician, but also still a proud member of IASPM, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. And once and a while I still write something that is more relevant to the studies of popular music than to education.
There is a now book out soon called ‘Made in The Low Countries’ published by Routledge and edited by Lutgard Mutsaers and Gert Keunen. And there is a chapter in it written by me about a true musical genre that originated from Belgium: New Beat.
The book is expensive as hell, and that’s a pity, because it’s a great book.
And if you don’t know what New Beat was? Check:
Btw, a main character in my chapter on New Beat is this great guy:
This is the presentation I gave at the National ResearchED conference, September 9 2017. The presentation is in part based on our book Urban Myths about Learning and Education and in part based on the recent article I co-wrote with Paul Kirschner published in Teaching and Teacher Education (yes the one that was mentioned in Nature).
Lately I’ve seen how mythbusting can be used as a tool to push your own opinion. I don’t like this, so let’s call it a myth. As co-author of a book in which Paul, Casper and myself try to debunk edumyths, I want to explain how we tried not to make this mistake.
First of all we use 3 categories to discuss the different items in our book:
The statement is untrue or almost completely untrue or there is no proof.
The theme is still a subject of discussion and science has not yet provided conclusive evidence.
We and we emphasize “we” found no scientific evidence during the writing of this book
A second thing we did is that we checked each others texts for possible biases. The three of us have opinions of our own, but our book is not about us. E.g. we have a famous scientist in our team who co-wrote a very important article about discovery learning. Still, we labelled it nuanced as this is still a discussion in educational sciences.
To me this is very important. Some of the myths we debunked actually did hurt for myself, but Urban Myths is not about me or us.
At first I didn’t want to write this post, because I know Christian Bokhove will discuss this also at length in his ResearchED-talk next week. Still I did because I saw the mythbusting-technique being used once to often to try to convince other people of their own idea. I do recommend you attend ResearchED and more specific Christian’s talk.