For those of us serving as mentors to young scholars, it is useful to have at our fingertips, a small library of resources that can help us diagnose a problem, or come up with a new strategy for helping our young scholars develop the habits and skills they will need to direct their own learning. Here are a few of my favorite references:
Articles on Learning by Larisa A. White
- “Student Learning Is Facilitated” (the educational philosophy behind Quercus Academy)
- “Perfect Practice” (on the role of daily rehearsal in learning)
- “Polkadots & Sunbeams” (on the role of immediate memory in learning)
- “Tinker Toy Traffic” (an intro to working memory function)
- “Recess!” (on how to improve working memory function)
- “Explore Mode” (on how to avoid cognitive overload)
- “Nap Time” (on the role of sleep in long-term memory)
- “Burnt Pancakes” (on the role of failure in learning)
Books on Learning
- “Learning All the Time” by John Holt. In this book, John Holt provides solid evidence showing that all small children are naturally, internally-driven learners and research scientists — until curiosity is driven out of them by well-intentioned adults. It suggests specific ways in which grown-ups can encourage and support this natural drive to learn.
- “How the Brain Learns” by David A. Sousa. One of a series of books by the same author, which present the most recent neuroscience pertaining to how the brain learns and remembers various skills and types of information. And it does so in very user-friendly language.
- “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhigg. A thorough look at the neuroscience behind habit formation and habit transformation in humans of all ages.