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The 12 cognitive processes introduced in this book were very interesting and may be truly impactful to the way one would/could teach. However I found this book difficult to follow for two major reasons.
First the narration was inconsistent. Most of the time the narrator had great meter. That combined with his vocal qualities made the book an easy listen. However routinely the narrator reverted to reading the text rather than narrating. The effect was the feeling of being read a speech by a student that had not memorized their material. It was only distracting at worst.
Second, and more important, I felt that the author was trying to write two books. The first one being on the 12 cognitive processes - the one I wanted to read, and the second on his opinion of the dominant education processes in the world. Switching between the two lines of thought was a much more jarring process than I would have liked, not added by the inconsistent narration.
I will actually listen to this book again to try to extract the information on the 12 individual processes - because they do seem very valuable. However I do not look forward to winnowing that from the opinion.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this audiobook for teachers who want to improve their teaching and reach more students. The content is relevant at any stage and makes you think about your approach to your students. I found myself thinking of specific students in my class and how to better reach them with the help of my new knowledge.
What didn’t you like about Steven A. Berner’s performance?
The reader was very dry and monotone throughout the book. Although the information was clinical at times it was only made worse by the reader's performance. I felt the content could have been made a little more alive by some personality in the reader's voice.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
It is not the content we need to teach our students as much as it is how to find the content they need. We don't teach our students how to think.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful