Monthly Archives: April 2023

Little boy blowing golf ball into hole.

Is Teaching Golf Like Teaching Algebra?

My work in this field starts with a simple logical argument: A: Learning happens in the brain and the mind. B: Therefore, teachers might benefit from knowing more about the brain and the mind. C: Therefore, we should hang out

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“You Can Find Research that Proves Anything”

Sometimes teachers hear about research that SUPPORTS our current beliefs and teaching practice. Honestly, that experience feels great. “Look,” says my interval voice, “I’ve been doing it right all along.” And sometimes, we hear about research that CONTRADICTS our beliefs

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Zero to Birth by William Harris

No two human brains are the same – but, the developmental process that leads to the adult brain is also remarkably similar between individuals and between species. It’s an impressive feat considering the number and variation in the potential connections

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A conceptual image of a brain, falsely suggesting that the left hemisphere is computational and the right hemisphere is artistic

Read This Post with Your Right Brain First…

My Twitter feed is suddenly awash with one of those “how does your brain?” work tests. (I should say, “tests.”) If you look at the picture and see an angel, you’re right-brained. If you see a helicopter, you’re left-brained. This

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Woman holding up mobile phono to take photo of speaker and slides

You Should Not (or Should) Let Your Students Take Pictures of Slides

Back in October, I wrote a blog post about a surprise: it turns out that students REMEMBER STUFF BETTER when they take photos of lecture slides. For several reasons — including common sense — I would have predicted the opposite.

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Underwater picture of a young boy swimming directly toward the camera

Beware the Experts: The Danger of Popular Science Writing

Here’s a little expert advice on nutrition: Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympic athelete in any sport ever — obviously had to take EXCELLENT care of his body. He thought A LOT about fitness and nutrition. While he was

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