Monthly Archives: December 2017


An Extra Half-Hour of Sleep? An Extra Hour?

Students whose first class started later than 8:30 got between 27 and 57 (!) more minutes of sleep than students whose classes started earlier. Imagine just how much more learning might happen if a teen regularly got an extra hour of sleep. Continue reading

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Enhance Memory by Saying Important Words Aloud

You’d like to remember a list of words better? Here’s a simple trick: read them out loud to yourself. Continue reading

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Frequency and Memory: Essential Brain Wave Boost

Earlier this month, I linked to a study showing that declarative and procedural memories correspond with different brain-wave frequencies. This week: another study making a similar point. Researchers have found that frontal, temporal, and medial temporal lobes align neural activity at lower

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Mindset, Gender, and Intelligence: Confusing Myth or Painful Truth

In this research, there was no consistent gender split on Mindset. And, for men as well as women, intelligence level didn’t consistently influence Mindset; nor did a Growth Mindset predict academic accomplishment. Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Morality

How do brains encode moral impulses? As you can imagine, that’s an extraordinarily difficult question–in part because definitions of morality can be tricky in the first place. In this study, researchers study the neural underpinnings of moral decisions–particularly decisions not

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Juliania Book

Intentional Innovation: How to Guide Risk-Taking, Build Creative Capacity, and Lead Change by A.J. Juliani

How can educators prepare students for an uncertain future? A.J. Juliani, a former middle and high school teacher, education consultant, author, and the current director of technology and innovation for Centennial School District, tackles this question by offering practical and

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Diagnosing ADHD with MRI

How do we know if a student has ADHD? Typically, we observe behavior. To what degree is the student inattentive? (That’s one kind of ADHD.) To what degree is s/he hyperactive? (That’s another type.) Perhaps the student demonstrates both kinds

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Highlighting Retrieval Practice

The Effortful Educator describes his fun system for using highlighters during retrieval practice. He teaches AP Psychology in high school, but I suspect this system could be easily used with younger students as well. EE’s lesson plan stands out for two

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God on the Brain

What’s happening in your brain when you contemplate religious experience? Over at Brainblogger, Viatcheslav Wlassoff contemplates the tricky subject of neurotheology.

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Advice for College Students

This brief (and admirably clear) article offers guidance to college students on the study strategies that have research support — and, helpfully, those that don’t. The authors offer a few sources to verify their claims, explain why some counter-intuitive strategies work

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