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Book Club

Join our a Teaching & Learning Book Club

Join the Teaching & Learning Book Club!

Use the following "access code" to join this CoP:


Intended Audience: Faculty & Staff

What is a "Book Club"?

This book club will focus on featured books that aim to question our teaching practice and enable participants to reflect on their practice.

Which books will we explore?

The list for 2021-22 has been included at the bottom of this page but the group will have an opportunity to share suggestions on future readings.

Who can join this book club?

While the focus will be on teaching topics, we welcome all employees to participate in the book club. This includes contract employees teaching part-time faculty or support staff fulfilling a short-term contract. You only need your SLC account to participate in the club.

How do I join?

Participants may join the book club using the same approach we have implemented for CoPs. This is done by going into TEAMs and searching for the group using the associated access code.

Book List for 2021-22

We are excited to start up our Book Club in the 2021 academic year. Our tentative pick for this fall's book is How Learning Happens by Kirschner and Hendrick (see below).

How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice

Paul Kirschner & Carl Hendrick

"How Learning Happens introduces 28 giants of educational research and their findings on how we learn and what we need to learn effectively, efficiently, and enjoyably. Many of these works have inspired researchers and teachers all around the world and have left a mark on how we teach today.

Exploring 28 key works on learning and teaching, chosen from the fields of educational psychology and cognitive psychology, the book offers a roadmap of the most important discoveries in how learning happens. Each chapter examines a different work and explains its significance before describing the research, its implications for practice, how it can be used in the classroom and the key takeaways for teachers. Clearly divided into six sections, the book covers:

  • How the brain works and what this means for learning and teaching

  • Prerequisites for learning

  • How learning can be supported

  • Teacher activities

  • Learning in context

  • Cautionary tales and the ten deadly sins of education.

Written by two leading experts and illustrated by Oliver Caviglioli, this is essential reading for teachers wanting to fully engage with and understand educational research as well as undergraduate students in the fields of education, educational psychology and the learning sciences."

The Spark of Learning

Sarah Rose Cavanaugh

Historically we have constructed our classrooms with the assumption that learning is a dry, staid affair best conducted in quiet tones and ruled by an unemotional consideration of the facts. The field of education, however, is beginning to awaken to the potential power of emotions to fuel learning, informed by contributions from psychology and neuroscience. In friendly, readable prose, Sarah Rose Cavanagh argues that if you as an educator want to capture your students' attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, and enhance their motivation, you should consider the emotional impact of your teaching style and course design. To make this argument, she brings to bear a wide range of evidence from the study of education, psychology, and neuroscience, and she provides practical examples of successful classroom activities from a variety of disciplines in secondary and higher education.

Motivated Teaching

Peps Mccrea

"This book is for teachers and school leaders interested in understanding what motivation for learning is, how it works, and how to build it in the classroom.

From the author of Memorable Teaching, this latest instalment in the High Impact Teaching series stitches together the best available evidence from multiple fields -- including behavioural economics, evolutionary psychology and motivation science -- to create a concise, coherent and actionable framework that you can use to help your pupils care more about and put more effort into your lessons.

Motivated Teaching has been carefully constructed to be a highly efficient reading experience. It is short, sparse and you should be able to read it in about an hour."

Rosenshine's Principles in Action

Tom Sherrington

"Barak Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction are widely recognized for their clarity and simplicity and their potential to support teachers seeking to engage with cognitive science and the wider world of education research. In this concise new guide, Rosenshine fan Tom Sherrington amplifies and augments the principles and further demonstrates how they can be put into practice in everyday classrooms. The second half of the book contain Rosenshine's original paper Principles of Instruction, as published in 2010 by the International Academy of Education (IAE) - a paper with a superb worldwide reputation for relating research findings to classroom practice."

Make a Recommendation

If you have a suggestion, please contact us via SCTL@sl.on.ca