Inside the Black Box (Black & Wiliam, 1998b) was published just a few years into my teaching career. The effect it had on my thinking still reverberates today. Back then, I wanted to know how to make the actions inside the black box as effective as possible. Today, I still want to know. With thirty years of teaching and consulting under my belt, I think I have a better idea.
A decade of speaking tours alongside professors Carol Dweck (expert on growth mindset) and John Hattie (creator of visible learning), as well as countless keynotes and workshops with other educational luminaries, have also afforded me a rare depth of insight as to what is likely to work best.
My first book, Challenging Learning (Nottingham, 2010), gave the Top Ten FACTS about Feedback, Application, Challenge, Thinking skills, and Self-esteem. This was also the first time I shared my concept of the Learning Pit®. Since then, I have written ten more books, each one giving an in-depth analysis of a single area of pedagogy.
Now, it’s time to return to the beginning by sharing the most significant insights on a range of important topics. Each one stands separately. Together, they are more than the sum of their parts. They form a significant part of what ought to be taking place inside the black box.
Questions still abound, of course, but this book shares much of what I have learned.