Monthly Archives: July 2020

Deliberate Practice Doesn’t Align with Schooling (Well: Not Precisely)

Anders Ericsson’s model of “deliberate practice” offers wise guidance in creating expertise. But, it might not apply to the work that teachers do in schools every day… Continue reading



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Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought by Barbara Tversky

Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought is the recent book by Barbara Tversky, an emerita professor at Stanford University, a professor of psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University, and a past president of the Association of Psychological Science.  In



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Retrieval Practice is GREAT. Can We Make It Better?

Retrieval practice and common sense add up to a winning combination. Which means: they help students remember more. Continue reading



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Executive Function Isn’t What You Think It Is (Maybe)

As a soccer coach, I want my students to get better at soccer. As an English teacher, I want my students to get better at English. And, as a hip-hop dance instructor, I want my students to get better at hip-hop dance. To accomplish



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What’s Better than Attention? Attention + LEARNING!

We know that exercise breaks help young students pay attention. Do those breaks help older students pay attention, AND LEARN? Continue reading



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