Yearly Archives: 2016

Reproducing Research Results

This video, from TedEd, helpfully outlines many of the reasons it can be difficult to confirm research done in scientific fields–like neuroscience and psychology. In brief: each research article you read takes a helpful step in a beneficial direction. (Even

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LaTB Stories #1: Alex W.

My name is Alex Wonnell, aka Wonz.  I work in a middle school in Burlington, VT.   Dr. Kou Murayama, who researches motivation and learning, presented some of the most interesting and relevant research I saw at the November 2016

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Tech in the Classroom: Is Virtual Reality Likely to Help Learning?

Educators have long hoped that that technology holds great promise to move the educational system away from the 19th century factory model to something more apt for our globalized and digitized society. The internet is rife with articles exclaiming that

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The View from the Podium

Every wonder what it’s like to plan a Big Room presentation for Learning and the Brain? In this blog post, Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher describe the thought process behind their adventurous presentation at this fall’s conference. Enjoy!

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Click Here: The Technology of Retrieval Practice in the Classroom

Back in the dark ages, when I was just cutting my teaching teeth, we teachers might have asked our students to review for an upcoming test by asking them to reread the chapter and their notes from class. With the

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Parent-Child Interactions: Forming Beliefs About Intelligence

It is common knowledge that parents play a vital role in their children’s development. However, we are slowly coming to understand just how vital this role is. Teachers understand this connection better than anyone; we interact with our students’ parents,

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Can Our Evolutionary Past Help Shape Our Classrooms’ Future?

Humans are genetically adapted for learning. The transmission of information, skills, culture, and knowledge from generation to generation has helped us survive and become who we are today. Our journey to becoming modern humans has been shaped primarily because of

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The World’s Obsession With Plastic May Damage Developing Brains

It’s easy to look at the past and guffaw at human negligence related to healthy living. Smoking, now commonly known to cause lung cancer among other illness, was just a few decades ago considered a harmless social norm.  Through the

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Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Evaluation by Yong Zhao

In our quest to assess and compare educational outcomes of students, teachers, schools, districts, states, and nations might we be losing sight of the characteristics of a fulfilling educational experience? Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Evaluation, a 2016 book edited

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The 2016 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award Was Presented on Saturday at the Learning & the Brain® Educational Conference in Boston

Boston, MA – Dr. Kou Murayama from the University of Reading was presented with the “2016 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award” for his contributions to the field of Mind, Brain and Education during the Learning & the Brain® educational conference in

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