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Do you teach future teachers? Do you facilitate professional development or coaching for your instructors?If so, I have the course materials for you and your learners!


As a Professor of Education, I struggled for years to find a text that not only includes the most up-to-date evidenced-based teaching methods, but also the science behind them. I wanted materials that were accessible to my university students and that they would enjoy consuming! Uncommon Sense Teaching: Practical Insights into Brain Science to Help Students Learn is that book! 

Uncommon Sense Teaching 

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What is great about Uncommon Sense Teaching is that it doesn’t cost students a fortune! The full price cost of the book is only $20.00. As the instructor, Penguin Random House will provide you with a complimentary copy. Click to request your free copy now.

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70+ engaging videos

The real advantage to adopting Uncommon Sense Teaching lies in the highly engaging videos that accompany the chapters! Barb, Terry, and I have produced 70 plus professional quality, high-impact videos. The length of each video ranges from 4 minutes to 16 minutes. Check out our video on using Pear Deck for whole class and individual retrieval practice. 

Week 1:2  Learn It, Link It
1:4 Teaching Inclusively—The Importance of Working Memory Capacity

1:4 Teaching Inclusively—The Importance of Working Memory Capacity

Video 4, Teaching Inclusively—The Importance of Working Memory Capacity, includes content from Chapter 2 of Uncommon Sense Teaching. Content: (1)  Students who learn more slowly and with difficulty can learn just as well—or even better—as students who learn swiftly and easily. Within any one classroom, there is a great deal of variability in working memory capacity among the students. (2) Differences in working memory capacity mean differences in learning speed. But faster does not necessarily mean better. (3) An introduction to hiker and race car-type brains. Students can be highly successful whether they have larger or more limited working memory capacities. (4) One of the great charms (and frustrations!) of young children is that they don’t have a lot of working memory. You can tell them one thing, and they can forget what you tell them within seconds!  By about 14-years-old working memory is about what it will be as an adult. (5) Economist Fredrich Hayek and Santiago Ramón y Cajal are both hiker-type learners who have won Nobel Peace Prizes. Cajal is an example of a hiker-type learner who through his persistence became not just a neuroscientist, but also the father of modern neuroscience.  (6)  The information in working memory is like a set of balls being juggled by an octopus. Too many balls at once and the working memory octopus can be overwhelmed. (7) Different working memory capacities mean different teaching approaches so that each student can be successful. (Watch the next video to learn more about these approaches.)
Videos scripted by Barbara Oakley and Beth Rogowsky, based on the book Uncommon Sense Teaching—Practical Insights from Brain Science to Help Students Learn, by Barbara Oakley, Beth Rogowsky, and Terrence Sejnowski (Penguin Random House, 2021). Videos starring Barbara Oakley, Beth Rogowsky, and Terrence Sejnowski (

Quizzes for retrieval practice 

Quiz questions are embedded in the videos and afterwards to reinforce key concepts.  All the videos and supplementary resources (including quizzes, discussion questions, assignments, and PowerPoint slides) are available FREE for you and your students through Coursera.

Click the linking neurons to answer a sample quiz question

from our test bank.

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Click the students to access the images found in Uncommon Sense Teaching.

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