Using and Misusing Averages: The Benefits of Music?

The “10 Minute Rule” tells us that people can’t pay attention to something for longer than ten minutes. As teachers, therefore, we shouldn’t do any one thing for longer than ten minutes. We need to mix it up a bit.



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Live Theater Boosts Student Knowledge and Tolerance

Question: What’s the most potentially misleading kind of research? Answer: Research that supports a position you REALLY want to believe. For this reason, I try to be ferociously skeptical of research that sounds really wonderful to me. In this case:



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Teenagers, Hormones, and Other Stubborn Myths

There’s a short video about adolescence making the rounds on social media. The video offers a quick explanation for highly-emotional teenage behavior. And it has a suggestion or two for parents. The suggestions themselves make good sense: Reassure your child



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The Best Length of Time for a Class

I met yesterday with several thoughtful teachers who had resonant questions about education research. How do we balance factual learning and deep thinking? What’s “the right amount of stress” during a test? How can we promote collaboration while honoring individual



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Is It Time to Re-Re-Think Mindset Research?

Despite lots of mindset doubts, we have good reasons — and recent research — that show how mindset interventions can help students learn. Continue reading



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Can Quick Exercise Breaks Energize Young Students?

According to recent research, quick exercise breaks don’t distract younger students and do improve their mood. Continue reading



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Does Hands-On Learning Benefit Science Students?

In a recent study, hands-on learning and other inquiry strategies did not help 4th graders master science concepts. The reason? Working memory limitations. Continue reading



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Research on Note-Taking: A Teachable Skill

Over at the Cult of Pedagogy, Jennifer Gonzalez has a FANTASTIC post summarizing lots of research on note-taking. Some headlines: Note-taking is a skill we should teach. Visuals improve notes. Pauses for revision and reflection help a lot. I should



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The Best Way to Read? Paper vs. Screens

The “paper vs. screens” debate has a clear winner: in most circumstances, students understand better and learn more when they read from paper. Continue reading



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Video: Stress and Memory

The folks over at TedEd have posted an excellent video exploring the relationship between stress and memory. The video lasts only a few minutes, but it includes lots of helpful information. In particular, note that we can’t simply say “stress



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