• 4 Ways Self-Belief Can Transform Learning

    May 26th, 2016 No Comments Features

    Today’s best and brightest students can only be described as such because they believe in their own abilities; if they didn’t, they’d have fallen behind their peers long ago. In the same breath, struggling students rarely have as much confidence as their higher-achieving peers, which results in a vicious cycle of self-limitation. As educators, we… Read More

  • How to Assess Your Own Learning

    May 23rd, 2016 No Comments Features

    Most of us assume it’s up to someone else—a teacher, administrator, employer—to measure how much we’ve learned. But when we do this, we lose something very valuable: our own educational narrative. We may remember which subjects we excelled in and which subjects we failed, or recall when and where we learned particular bits of information,… Read More

  • 12 Facets of Education That Will Be Obsolete By 2025

    May 19th, 2016 4 Comments Features

    Educational research is especially fertile right now, and efforts to integrate it into curricula over the next decade are going to leave some of us high and dry unless we start paying attention this second. Significant findings range from brain-based study habits to insights into the nature of intelligence and motivation. They also include glimpses… Read More

  • Learning From (Reflection On) Experience

    May 16th, 2016 No Comments Features
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    “Within the world we find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed—even in part—the other immediately suffers.” –Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed Skilled learners are aware not only of what they’re learning but how they’re learning (or not learning) it. They stop a moment during their studies… Read More

  • Why One Caring Adult Is All It Takes

    May 12th, 2016 No Comments Features

    As a teenager, youth advocate Josh Shipp was what many people in his current line of work would call a lost cause. Having spent the majority of his youth getting kicked out of foster homes, habitually testing the limits of authority and refusing the help of would-be mentors, he was on his way to becoming… Read More

  • 7 Brain-Based Ways to Stop Forgetting

    May 9th, 2016 No Comments Features

    If you’ve ever wished you could rid your brain of unnecessary information, you’re in luck—your brain already does it for you. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has found that the human brain not only contains learning mechanisms but also forgetting mechanisms that erase “unnecessary” learning. In the study, the researchers trained human… Read More