Yearly Archives: 2018

Improve Your Understanding of Neuron Essentials

You’ve heard a lot of information about neurons at the Learning and the Brain conferences that you attend; perhaps a quick review would be helpful to consolidate your learning? Continue reading



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Don’t Be Fooled by the Learning Pyramid Myth

The problem with the pyramid is not merely that it’s inaccurate, but that it’s incoherent.
The important lesson here goes beyond “always check the sources.” Instead, the point is “always check specific claims.”
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The Struggles of Young-for-their-Grade Students

If a school has a strict cut-off date for a particular grade, then some students will be almost a full year younger than others. The age-appropriate developmental differences between the youngest and the oldest kindergartener might be substantial. Continue reading



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Can Meaningful Gestures Help STEM Students Learn Better?

The right kind of gesture helps students understand physical space better. And students who can think well about space do better in STEM classes. Continue reading



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Does Forest-Bathing Benefit Your Anxious Amygdala?

Living near forests might promote healthy brain development, especially as measured by “amygdala integrity.” Continue reading



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Improving the Syllabus: Surprising Benefits of Jumbling

Jumbling practice problem topics together helps students learn more than organizing practice problems by topic. Continue reading



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When Homework Is (and Isn’t) Genuinely Helpful

The question “does homework help students learn” is too big a question. We need to narrow it down. What age student are we discussing? What kind of homework are they doing? What discipline are they studying? Continue reading



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Foolish “Brain Training” Flim-Flam of the Day

Tom Brady’s new “Brain Training” Website looks a lot like earlier attempts to over-hype thinly supported brain research. Don’t fall for it. Continue reading



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Focus on the Speaker: Charles Fadel Champions Curriculum Redesign

Most educational reform focuses on the way the teaching happens: project based learning, or flipped classrooms, or technology, or that sort of thing. Your focus is more on curriculum, which is to say, what it is that teachers are actually teaching. Why have you chosen that focus, instead of the method of teaching? Continue reading



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“Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but then his work is much better than his sister’s.”

The remarkable work of a transgender neuroscientist, who inspired colleagues and changed our understanding of the brain. Continue reading



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