Two new book recommendations worth noting from Ric Murry in his post, “Why Don’t Students Like School (ch. 3).” I’ve added both to my Amazon Wish List. (Hint to all you wealthy benefactors out there, my birthday is next month on the 20th. 😉 )

My Wish List

First, “The Back of the Napkin” by Dan Roam.

Second, “Made To Stick” by Dan & Chip Heath.

I’ve already read (and LOVE) Sir Ken Robinson’s book, “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.”

Both “Back of the Napkin” and “Made to Stick” look like quick reads that would be great catalysts for thinking about learning as well as engagement. Key quotations cited by Ric:

Memory is the residue of thought.


The four Cs of an effective story: Causality, Conflict, Complications, and Character. All of these wrap around action wherein the storyteller shows rather than tells a story.

Bring forth thy storychasers, catalysts of the learning revolution.

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One Response to Learning, memory, stories, and books to read

  1. Diane Quirk says:

    I found Willingham’s book to be a really good read. First of all, he designs his writing so that you’re constantly taken back to being reminded of the main points. He reiterates and builds upon his point throughout each chapter. Willingham also takes his points and applies them to the classroom.

    The other thing for me, was that so much of what he is saying is what I’ve read from other sources. The more we hear the same information from a number of reliable sources the more that information is validated.

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