Connect the Dots: The Collective Power of Relationships, Memory and Mindset in the Classroom

Connect the Dots: The Collective Power of Relationships, Memory and Mindset in the Classroom

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This book connects the dots between three high-impact areas for student learning: Relationships, Memory and Mindset. Together, they are worth more than the sum of their parts.

Each chapter of Connect the Dots takes a deep dive into these interconnected areas:

  • Building Strong Relationships: creating a sense of belonging, establishing norms and high expectations; and understanding barriers
  • Maximizing Memory: managing cognitive load, using effective learning strategies, planning for long term retention and application of knowledge
  • Cultivating Learning Mindsets: building self-efficacy; developing metacognitive skills; and using feedback, goal setting and talk effectively

Each chapter is divided into three sections: research, classroom, and leadership for a comprehensive approach that benefits the whole school community. The book is designed to be substantive, yet reader friendly, practical and full of “ready-to-use” strategies straight from real classrooms.

Connect the Dots is a book for educators by educators. Conceived by author Tricia Taylor, who started as a teacher in the US but has been teaching in UK schools for nearly two decades, and supported throughout by contributor Nina Dibner, a veteran US educator, Connect the Dots offers a transcontinental lens.

About the author

Author Tricia Taylor started as a teacher in the US but has been teaching in UK schools for nearly two decades as well as running her consultancy, Tailored Practice. Contributor Nina Dibner is a veteran US educator and founder of PowerTools, an American educational consulting firm. Illustrated by Oliver Caviglioli.