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    15 Things We Do As Educators Today That Will Emb...

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    In an era of such rapid change, it’s no easy task to predict the future. The practices and principles we hold dearest to our hearts now may very well be the ones we’re trashing in 25 years. In the same breath, the trends we find least appealing may end up…

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    21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectivenes...

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    In the past year, education researchers have done much to turn commonly held beliefs about learning on their head. In her controversial new book, Seven Myths About Education, published by Routledge earlier this year, Daisy Christodoulou draws on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools to show us just…

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    Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Quest...

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    Over a decade ago, cognitive scientists John D. Bransford and Daniel J. Schwartz asked fifth graders and college students to create a recovery plan to protect bald eagles from extinction. Surprisingly, the two groups came up with plans of similar quality (although the college students had better spelling skills). But…

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    How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultiva...

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    “The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally dismissed.” –Bernard Amadei, Ashoka Fellow…

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    25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barber, sociologist Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or…

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    25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently? For starters, we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves nearly as much with boosting students’ academic confidence. If a…

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    Teaching Metacognition: Insight Into How Your St...

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if…

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    How To Make Learning Relevant To Your Students (...

    Saturday, October 4, 2014

    We’ve all heard our students ask the question, “When will I ever use this in the real world?” And honestly, it’s a great question–one that we should all spend more time thinking about. Research shows that relevant learning means effective learning, and that alone should be enough to get us…

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    The Secret to Staying Focused

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Image by Victo ngai Let’s face it. Eliminating all distractions in order to focus is poor advice. It just doesn’t work, in the same way that most abstinence campaigns never work. Distraction isn’t the problem; in many cases, it aids the creative process. The problem is one of motivation. “Like…

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    Mind Wandering: How It Helps and Harms Learning

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    What happens on a neurological level while our minds wander is actually pretty fascinating. According to the Neuroenergetic Theory proposed by Killeen et al., our attention starts to lag after just twelve seconds of effort because our neurons run out of fuel. Neurons first look to glial cells for lactate,…

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15 Things We Do As Educators Today That Will Embarrass Us in 20 Years

In an era of such rapid change, it’s no easy task to predict the future. The practices and principles we hold dearest to our hearts now may very well be the ones we’re trashing in 25 years. In the same breath, the trends we find least appealing may end up…

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Nov
9

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21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

In the past year, education researchers have done much to turn commonly held beliefs about learning on their head. In her controversial new book, Seven Myths About Education, published by Routledge earlier this year, Daisy Christodoulou draws on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools to show us just…

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Nov
8

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Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Your Students

Over a decade ago, cognitive scientists John D. Bransford and Daniel J. Schwartz asked fifth graders and college students to create a recovery plan to protect bald eagles from extinction. Surprisingly, the two groups came up with plans of similar quality (although the college students had better spelling skills). But…

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Nov
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How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students

“The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally dismissed.” –Bernard Amadei, Ashoka Fellow…

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Oct
18

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barber, sociologist Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or…

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Oct
11

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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently? For starters, we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves nearly as much with boosting students’ academic confidence. If a…

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Oct
6

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Teaching Metacognition: Insight Into How Your Students Think Is Key To High Achievement In All Domains

A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if…

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Oct
4

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How To Make Learning Relevant To Your Students (And Why It’s Crucial To Their Success)

We’ve all heard our students ask the question, “When will I ever use this in the real world?” And honestly, it’s a great question–one that we should all spend more time thinking about. Research shows that relevant learning means effective learning, and that alone should be enough to get us…

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Beat Distractions by Making Tasks Harder

Sunday, November 2, 2014

We all battle distractions on a daily basis, and you probably know what it’s like to settle in to finish an assignment or study for an upcoming exam only to find that ambient noises that were hardly noticeable before suddenly seem hugely distracting. For those who study from home where…

Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Music While Studying

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Some of us know we work better with a little Jack Johnson egging us on. But new research out of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff says listening to music can damage your performance on certain study tasks. Examining the ability to recall information in the presence of different…

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