7 books to make your teaching more memorable

Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:

1. Make it stick

The science of successful learning, by Brown et al.

A comprehensive overview of what cognitive science currently tells us about how learning works, and the broader implications for teaching.


2. Why don’t students like school?

A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom, by Daniel Willingham

If I had to recommend one book that all teachers should read, this would be it. Highly readable. Check out Dan’s blog for a taste of his writing.


3. What every teacher needs to know about psychology

by Didau & Rose

A overview of the most relevant psychological principles for teachers, challenging us to check our intuition and hold the evidence to account.


4. Visible learning and the science of how we learn

by Hattie & Yates

A selection of pithy insights into how learning works and how we might leverage it, drawn from cognitive science and Hattie’s mega-meta-analysis.


5. Applying cognitive science to education

Thinking and learning in scientific and other complex domains, by Frederick Reif

Comprehensive and dense. When you’re ready to dive deeper, this is your vehicle.


6. Efficiency in learning

Evidence-based guidelines to manage cognitive load, by Clark et al.

The ultimate rundown of how cognitive load influences learning, and what you can do about it. Authoritative, technical, and exorbitantly expensive.


7. Memorable teaching

Leveraging memory to build deep and durable learning in the classroom, by Peps Mccrea

My effort to stitch together the best available evidence around memory and learning into a coherent set of actionable principles for teaching.


Although not technically a book, Deans for Impact’s The Science of Learning also deserves an honourable mention as a concise (and free) starting point.

The better we understand how learning works, the more likely it will happen in our classrooms. Get reading and make it happen.


If something is missing or I’ve got the shortlist all wrong, give me a nudge on twitter — I’d love to hear what you think.