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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.

    You can follow her on Google+ or @sagamilena

    Here are my most recent posts:

  • Teaching Grammar Through Rhythm

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    November 24th, 2016 2 Comments Communication, Features

    Rhythm is inextricably tied to language. The human heartbeat shares a time signature with one of the most universal linguistic patterns known to man, the iambic meter (“Shall-I com-PARE thee-TO a-SUM mer’s-DAY?”). Speechwriters frequently use rhythm to their advantage, hoping to stir listeners with a specific cadence or tempo. Numerous studies over the past decade… Read More

  • The Number One Predictor of Creativity? Openness to Experience

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    November 8th, 2016 No Comments Creativity, Features

    Researchers are getting closer to understanding the functional underpinnings of creativity, and now believe it’s intimately tied to an individual’s drive to explore and discover new things. In their new book, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire reveal that openness to new experience is the… Read More

  • To Boost Motivation, Trade Positive Affirmations For Self-Questioning

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    November 1st, 2016 1 Comment Motivation, News

    Contrary to the popular belief that self-affirmations increase motivation by making us more likely to follow through with our goals, researchers at the University of Illinois and Southern Mississippi University found that people who ask themselves whether they will perform a task generally perform better on that task than people who tell themselves that they… Read More

  • Collaborative Inhibition: How Group Work Harms Memory

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    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

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    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

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    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