Not Just Another Text Book…

I’ve got a fantastic book for you today!  This week’s gem is Teaching How to Learn in a What-to-Learn Culture by Kathleen R. Hopkins.  This book is unique in that it was written by one of NILD’s very own.  Dr. Hopkins was instrumental in establishing NILD community-based centers and was the executive director of the National Institute for Learning Development from 1991-2013.  She remains actively involved with NILD by presenting workshops to educate others on how to help students go beyond tutoring and develop their abilities to learn and succeed.  In short, she knows what she’s talking about!

I’m warning you–this is not just another text book.  I absolutely love this book.  It makes me want to take action!  In Teaching How to Learn in a What-to-Learn Culture, Dr. Hopkins uses the beautiful analogy of a skylight to illustrate the freedom of moving beyond intellectual limits and expectations which are placed on individuals.  While it is packed with rich information, this book is anything but dry.  The author fills each chapter with a wealth of practical applications and fables to engage the reader.  She also involves readers by offering classroom activities to test theories and strategies.

Teaching How to Learn in a What-to-Learn Culture is inspiring, thought-provoking, and empowering.  It challenges educators to take inventory of their teaching styles and their expectations of students.  Perhaps the greatest quality this book possesses is the writer’s personal experiences.  She shares how she came to be a lover of learning.  Dr. Hopkins has not lost her sense of wonder or hunger for knowledge.


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