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    How To Bring the Joy Back Into Learning

    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was publicly accused of “killing students’ joy for learning.” The OECD publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is an assessment that allows educational performances to be examined on a common measure across 34 countries. A letter signed…

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    How to Win a Nobel Prize, According To a Nobel P...

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    Not everyone is destined to win a Nobel Prize, but a close examination of past winners’ practices suggests we all have control over the way we approach learning and discovery. In 1986, esteemed mathemetician and computer scientist Richard Hamming delivered a talk to his former Bell Labs colleagues called “You…

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    Why Straight-A Students Haven’t Learned As...

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    The moment I received my college diploma, I knew I was going to enter the workforce remembering at best a third of what I’d learned. Nearly everthing I’d read or heard about Existentialism, British Imperialism, and Japanese wood block prints would slip from my memory and flutter away with every…

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    The Ultimate Lesson: Teaching Your Students to B...

    Saturday, July 18, 2015

    When we think of resourceful people, we tend to look to the past, picturing our parents and grandparents building rich lives with what little they had at hand. But resourcefulness has become an important quality once again, something we need to instill in younger generations. With so many luxuries in…

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  • student engagement

    Here’s What Learners Have to Say About Stu...

    Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Considering how obsessed we are with student engagement, you’d think we would have stopped to ask the students themselves what they think of it all. Unfortunately, there is precious little research devoted to student views on engagement. Maybe this has been our first misstep. Student engagement is about increasing achievement,…

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  • humor and learning

    What Comedy Can Teach Us About Critical Thinking

    Saturday, July 11, 2015

    What do you call two crows on a branch? Attempted murder. What’s another name for Santa’s elves? Subordinate clauses. What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question? . . . There’s a reason jokes entertain us, and it has more to do with intelligence than…

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    How Technology Is Changing the Way People Learn

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    We can make all sorts of assumptions about the way technology is changing learning, but what does the science actually say? According to Alfred Spector, Google’s vice president of research, it says a lot. For example, virtual tutors have helped average students reach the top 2% of their course; video…

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    What Meaningful Reflection Can Do For Student Le...

    Sunday, July 5, 2015

    At Stanford University, you can earn a course credit simply by reflecting. Fashioned after psychologist Howard Gardner’s model, the Stanford program, called “Reflections,” engages freshmen in a series of ninety-minute sessions, once a week throughout the Winter Quarter. The facilitators of each group plan the sessions with sets of exercises…

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    12 Things Students Remember Most About Good Teac...

    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    In 2013, Canadian educator Lori Gard wrote a popular piece for Huffpost Living which highlighted caring as the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her students. Two years later, I want to bring the conversation alive again by adding something more than personal experience: scientific research….

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    Why Your Students (And You) Need Daytime Naps: H...

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    If you hold onto one useful fact today, let it be this: The brain doesn’t need to be conscious to be productive. In fact, it’s often at its most productive when we’re asleep. Cognitive scientists are beginning to understand how beneficial sleep–especially napping–can be for students, and it’s time for…

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How To Bring the Joy Back Into Learning

Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was publicly accused of “killing students’ joy for learning.” The OECD publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is an assessment that allows educational performances to be examined on a common measure across 34 countries. A letter signed…

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25

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How to Win a Nobel Prize, According To a Nobel Prize Winner – And What It Has To Do With Learning

Not everyone is destined to win a Nobel Prize, but a close examination of past winners’ practices suggests we all have control over the way we approach learning and discovery. In 1986, esteemed mathemetician and computer scientist Richard Hamming delivered a talk to his former Bell Labs colleagues called “You…

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Why Straight-A Students Haven’t Learned As Much As You Think

The moment I received my college diploma, I knew I was going to enter the workforce remembering at best a third of what I’d learned. Nearly everthing I’d read or heard about Existentialism, British Imperialism, and Japanese wood block prints would slip from my memory and flutter away with every…

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Jul
18

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The Ultimate Lesson: Teaching Your Students to Be Resourceful

When we think of resourceful people, we tend to look to the past, picturing our parents and grandparents building rich lives with what little they had at hand. But resourcefulness has become an important quality once again, something we need to instill in younger generations. With so many luxuries in…

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Jul
12

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Here’s What Learners Have to Say About Student Engagement

Considering how obsessed we are with student engagement, you’d think we would have stopped to ask the students themselves what they think of it all. Unfortunately, there is precious little research devoted to student views on engagement. Maybe this has been our first misstep. Student engagement is about increasing achievement,…

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Jul
11

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What Comedy Can Teach Us About Critical Thinking

What do you call two crows on a branch? Attempted murder. What’s another name for Santa’s elves? Subordinate clauses. What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question? . . . There’s a reason jokes entertain us, and it has more to do with intelligence than…

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Jul
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How Technology Is Changing the Way People Learn

We can make all sorts of assumptions about the way technology is changing learning, but what does the science actually say? According to Alfred Spector, Google’s vice president of research, it says a lot. For example, virtual tutors have helped average students reach the top 2% of their course; video…

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Jul
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What Meaningful Reflection Can Do For Student Learning

At Stanford University, you can earn a course credit simply by reflecting. Fashioned after psychologist Howard Gardner’s model, the Stanford program, called “Reflections,” engages freshmen in a series of ninety-minute sessions, once a week throughout the Winter Quarter. The facilitators of each group plan the sessions with sets of exercises…

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The Truth about Procrastination – And How to Beat It

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Do you ever get the feeling that everything conspires against you the minute you have a deadline on the horizon? Facebook posts are unusually interesting; the kids need a ride to school, although they hate being dropped off; and just about anything from going for a run to cleaning the toilet…

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…

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