Dr. Kurt Fischer: A Tribute

Professor Kurt Fischer changed my professional life. If you’re reading this blog, odds are good he helped change yours as well. Throughout most of the 20th century, teachers, psychologists, and neuroscientists had little to say to one another. Even psychology

Pure Inquiry, Guided Inquiry, and PISA

A recent study looking at PISA data gives a fresh perspective on the Inquiry Learning debate. Continue reading

The Neuroscience of Retrieval Practice

We know THAT retrieval practice helps students learn. It would be really cool to know what difference it makes in the brain. Well, we’re starting to learn… Continue reading

Good Morning, I love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practice to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy by Shauna Shapiro

Shauna Shapiro, expert in mindfulness and compassion, recently authored Good Morning, I love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practice to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy. In this book she draws on both scientific evidence and ancient wisdom to

Beyond “Tricks-n-Tips”: What does Cog Sci Tell Us About Online Learning?

When it comes to online learning, don’t just “do this thing.” Instead, “think this way.” Continue reading

Beyond the Mouse: Pointing in Online Learning [Repost]

As teachers across the country prepare to move our work online, I’ve been looking over previous posts that might offer practical guidance. This post — from July of last year — asks a simple question: in online teaching, does pointing matter? Happily,

What Do Teachers Get Right About Cognitive Science?

A new report from Deans for Impact offers us valuable insight into teachers’ understanding — and misunderstanding — of cognitive science. Continue reading

Overcoming Potential Perils of Online Learning [Repost]

In June of 2019, I wrote about Dr. Rachael Blasiman’s research into the effect of typical distractions on online learning. Given the current health climate, I thought her work might be especially helpful right now. The key take-aways here: First: (unsurprisingly) distractions

Does Teaching HANDWRITING Help Students READ?

Should schools teach handwriting? Do handwriting lessons help students read? Research from Australia offers useful insights. Continue reading

The Big Six: A Grand Summary

You’d like a handy summary of cognitive science principles relevant to teaching? Read on… Continue reading