Monthly Archives: August 2017


Lefty or Righty?

You’ve surely heard about students being left-brained or right-brained. And: you’ve probably heard that this belief is a myth. The folks over at Ted Ed have made a helpful video explaining the genesis of this belief, and the ways that

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How Best to Take Notes: A Public Service Announcement

The school year is beginning, and so you’re certainly seeing many (MANY) articles about the┬ádebate over laptop notes vs. handwritten notes. If your research stream is anything like mine, most of the articles you see assert that handwriting is superior

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky

Humans are capable of horrifying aggression, dehumanization, destruction, and violence and at the same time inspirational altruism, compassion, and forgiveness. Drawing on an astounding array of evidence from across subfields within biology, neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology, Robert M. Sapolsky explains

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Online K-12 Schools

The upcoming Learning and the Brain Conference (Boston, November) will focus on “Merging Minds and Technology.” Given that I blog so much about the importance of skepticism, it seems only appropriate to offer up at least some voices that are

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Promoting Motivation?

Over at 3 Star Learning Experiences, Kirschner and Neelan are skeptical about research into academic motivation. In essence, they argue that defining motivation can be quite a trick, and measuring it even more so. If we struggle to define and

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The Battle of the Sexes, in Headlines

Two articles jumped out at me today because of the illustrative way they clash with each other. Writing on Twitter, and providing helpful links to several sources, Adam Grant argues that “Differences between Men and Women are Vastly Exaggerated.” Whereas

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Cell Phones in the Classroom: Expected (and Unexpected) Effects

Quick! Where’s your cell phone? Now that I’ve got your attention: what effect does the location of your cell phone have on your attention? Researchers have recently found some predictable answers to that question–as well as some rather surprising ones.

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Emotional Intelligence: Teachers’ Perspectives

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has released a report on teaching emotional intelligence. Overall, they find research in this field persuasive. That is, these award-winning teachers think it likely that social/emotional intelligence can be taught, and

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Home News

I’ll be on vacation during the month of August; in fact, I’ll be out of the country and away from the interwebs for much of that time. And so, posting will be light while I’m away: perhaps an article a

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