This book develops a general theory of autonomous teaching by examining a mysterious educational idea: the teachable moment. By formulating an understanding of the teachable moment as predicated upon ‘educational energy,’ this book takes up John Dewey’s view of teaching to articulate a law-like, scientifically oriented pedagogical theory. By offering a testable hypothesis about effective teaching through an innovative reading of Dewey’s law, this book also provides insights into changes in school practice and schooling policy consonant with an understanding of teaching as a science.

chapter |11 pages


Educational Scarcity

chapter 3|10 pages

Focusing on Planned Teachable Moments

chapter 4|13 pages

Creating Educational Energy

chapter 5|21 pages

Interpreting Dewey’s Law

chapter 6|15 pages

Humanizing Dewey’s Law

chapter 7|24 pages

Making Sense of a Science of Teaching

chapter 8|14 pages

Teachers Win!

chapter 11|10 pages

Love, Intimacy, and Tenure

chapter 12|12 pages

Teachers’ Mythography

chapter |17 pages


Educational Abundance