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    Saga has taught and tutored writing at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Her educational interests include psychology, creativity, and system reform. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.

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    Here are my most recent posts:

  • Collaborative Inhibition: How Group Work Harms Memory

    October 19th, 2016 No Comments Memory, News

    Collaborating in a group to remember information can actually harm recall, according to new research from the University of Liverpool. The study, which was conducted by psychologists from both Liverpool and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), analysed 64 earlier studies on collaborative memory and provides the “first systematic investigation into the costs… Read More

  • Why Problem Finders Are More Creative Than Problem Solvers

    October 13th, 2016 No Comments Creativity, Features

    “It is in fact the discovery and creation of problems rather than any superior knowledge, technical skill, or craftsmanship that often sets the creative person apart.” —Jacob Getzels, social scientist I know a handful of people who are natural problem-solvers—skilled at identifying the root of an issue and taking keenly selected, highly efficient steps to… Read More

  • Crowdsourcing to Create Better Test Questions

    October 4th, 2016 No Comments News

    How do you create the best exam questions possible without spending half the semester on trial and error? Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggest relying on others—in a word, crowdsourcing—to improve test content. “Crowdsourcing opens up a whole new possibility for people creating tests,” says Philip Sadler, who led the research in… Read More

  • 5 Ways Digital Media Impacts the Brain

    September 12th, 2016 1 Comment EdTech, Features

    We are what we spend our time doing. The average adult now spends over twenty hours online each week. Nearly a third of that time is spent on social media platforms, with Facebook taking up fifty minutes of each day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s more time than we spend reading, exercising,… Read More

  • Traditional Subjects: Can We Do Without Them?

    September 4th, 2016 No Comments Features, Soft Skills

    Burning question of the day: Why the continued acceptance of traditional academic subjects? New research from the University of Derby has revealed that, despite shifting demands in the job market, parents across England are still urging their children to pursue degrees in areas like Science, Maths, English, and History. The research surveyed 2,000 parents with… Read More

  • 25 Podcasts on Learning and the Brain

    August 31st, 2016 No Comments Features

    How does the brain construct reality? Would you be able to think more clearly if you weren’t so busy all the time? Is memory decline inevitable? Can you unlearn something that you’ve already learned? If you’ve got the question, chances are someone’s got the answer—or is working on one. Here are twenty five illuminating podcasts… Read More