What Meaningful Reflection Can Do For Student Learning

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Follow effective action with quiet

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 Teachers

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: How Napping Can Dramatically Improve Learning & Memory

Saturday, June 27, 2015
People vary in how much sleep they need

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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The Secret to Successfully Implementing Edtech? Put Old Tech First

Sunday, June 21, 2015
Old Tech

The U.S. now spends more than $3 billion per year on digital content for public education, but a recent post on Education Week highlighted a “mountain of evidence” indicating that teachers have been “painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive influx of new technology.” Other studies…

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Here’s What Scientists Aren’t Telling Us About Learning

Saturday, June 20, 2015

It’s rare for educators to be kept in the scientific loop, and rarer still to encounter research that might actually compel us to change our teaching habits. But these ten findings are the real deal– the gamechanging brain science we like to hear and the practical guidelines we can follow…

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10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning: The Ultimate Instructional Solution

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Problem-based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the field of education in the 1960s by medical education specialist Howard Barrows, who argued that the teaching of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada should be organized in a way that emulated the reasoning of a skilled practitioner. Monash University was…

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You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here’s How.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Oprah Winfey was fired as an evening news reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV because she couldn’t separate her emotions from her stories….

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5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Doodling is the brooding of the mind

Do you still think doodling is a waste of time? Does it mean someone isn’t paying attention? Well, it’s time to change your mind. Doodling and drawing can actually help you process, retain, and share information. Doodling and Memory According to a 2009 study by professor of Psychology, Jackie Andrade,…

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10 Habits of the World’s Greatest Learners

Sunday, May 10, 2015

You could argue all day about which people, alive today or long gone, qualify as the world’s “greatest learners.” But one thing is for sure: you can’t ignore the wisdom of the self-taught. History is filled with people called autodidacts, or individuals who teach themselves about a subject or subjects…

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5 Reasons We Can’t Ignore Social-Emotional Learning

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Fewer than one third of students believe they are part of a caring, encouraging learning environment, according to a new study. And only half of students report having competencies such as empathy, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills. So what can we do to repair this deficit? The general consensus among…

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