Summary: It is easy to subconsciously think that students have a slightly different brain than we do. But do you ever wonder if you yourself would want to participate in the lesson you just planned? Julie Dirksen explores this idea with a light and yet practical touch. Designed something like a fun textbook, “Design for How People Learn” explores research on how and why people learn and boils it down into practical tips. It turns out, if you get information overload pretty quickly and often gravitate towards bright and shiny things, so do your students! Dirksen makes the argument that we need to appeal to the visceral, emotional and intuitive sides of people’s experiences as well as the “intellect.”
Opinion: What is interesting about this book is that it is not only geared towards teachers, it is also geared towards any professional that is hoping to impart knowledge in some way shape or form. For that reason, and many others, this book is a refreshing take on how to really make something stick. This book got me thinking more creatively about how to increase storytelling, and other more visual, visceral, emotional and intuitive elements into my teaching practice. Not every part of the book is relevant to a teacher-librarian, but it is easy to skip around and find something that could be useful.
Dirksen, L. (2016). Design for How People Learn: Second Edition. San Fran: CA: New Riders.