Hawker Brownlow Education

Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

Author: Jay McTighe, Judy Willis

Availability: In Stock

Code: 119008

ISBN: 9781760568795

No of Pages: 194

Publish date: 29/10/2019

Price: $39.95


How can educators leverage neuroscience research about how the human brain learns? How can we use this information to improve curriculum, instruction and assessment so our students achieve deep learning and understanding in all subject areas? Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience answers these questions by merging insights from neuroscience with Understanding by Design® (UbD®), the framework used by thousands of educators to craft units of instruction and authentic assessments that emphasise understanding rather than recall.

Readers will learn:

  • How the brain processes incoming information and determines what is (or is not) retained as long-term memory;

  • How brain science reveals factors that influence student motivation and willingness to put forth effort;

  • How to fully engage all students through relevance and achievable challenge;

  • How key components of UbD, including backward design, essential questions and transfer tasks, are supported by research in neuroscience;

  • Why specific kinds of teaching and assessment strategies are effective in helping students gain the knowledge, skills and deep understanding they need to succeed in school and beyond; and

  • How to create a brain-friendly classroom climate that supports lasting learning.

Authors Jay McTighe and Judy Willis translate research findings into practical information for everyday use in schools, at all levels and in all subject areas. With their guidance, educators can learn how to design and implement units that empower teachers and students alike to capitalise on the brain's tremendous capacity for learning.