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Do Animations Improve Learning? A Definitivie Answer, Please…

Recently I discussed working memory overload¬†with a group of wise and thoughtful teachers. I showed…



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The Whole Toolbox in One (Free) Download

If you want to learn more about improving teaching with psychology research, I’ve got good…



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The New Science of Learning by Todd Zakrajsek

In the ever-evolving realm of educational literature this is quickly becoming a classic. The New…



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The Cold-Calling Debate: Potential Perils, Potential Successes

Some education debates focus on BIG questions: high structure vs. low structure pedagogy? technology: good…



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Navigating Complexity: When 1st Order Solutions Create 2nd Order Problems

Here’s a common classroom problem. As I’m explaning a complex concept, a student raises a…



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Collaborative Learning and Working Memory Overload: Good News or Bad?

Consider the following paradox: Teachers need to give students¬†instructions — of course we do! After…



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The Dangers of “The Big Ask”: In Defense of Stubborn...

Let’s face it:¬†teaching is hard. I’ve been a classroom teacher for roughly 20 years —…



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“Embodied Cognition” in Action: Using Gestures to Teach Science

Here’s a topic that has gotten lots of enthusiastic attention in recent years: embodied cognition….



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Why We Forget and How to Remember Better by Dr....

Why We Forget and How to Remember Better by Dr. Andrew E. Budson and Dr….



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Getting the Principles Just Right: Classroom Decoration

The benefits of classroom decoration seem intuitive. After all, we decorate our homes in order…



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