Does Music Training Help Us Pay Attention?

We can’t improve our students working memory. But, recent research from Chile suggests that music training might benefit one part of our attention system. Continue reading



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Getting the Timing Right: Critical Thinking Online

Spacing practice out helps students learn all sorts of things. Can it help them learn to be critical thinkers online? Continue reading



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Can a Neuromyth Result in a Truce?

Tom Sherrington wants to call a truce between PBL advocates and those championing direct instruction. In a recent essay, he presents the terms of the cease fire. Continue reading



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Welcome to Boston! (Almost)

I’m looking forward to putting names to faces at our Boston conference! Continue reading



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Fostering Curiosity in the Classroom: “What Percentage of Animals are Insects?”

When we ask students to predict the answers to questions, we make them more curious about those answers. Continue reading



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Tea and Macbeth: Autobiographical vs. Semantic Memory

Dramatic classroom events are memorable, but they’re the wrong kind of memorable if we want students to learn the underlying concepts. Clare Sealy explains why. Continue reading



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Inquiry- and Problem-Based Pedagogy: Dramatic Results in South America (?)

This study conclusively shows that good teaching is more effective than bad teaching. Continue reading



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Today’s Neuro-Nonsense: Reading Brainwaves in the Classroom

Live EEGs in the classroom just don’t work this way. Continue reading



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Getting Research to Work in Schools

Some schools hire “research leads” to encourage research-based teaching in their schools. Does this approach work? Can it? Continue reading



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Prior Knowledge: Building the Right Floor

Researchers can demonstrate that some core knowledge is essential for students to start learning about a topic. Teachers can use that guidance to improve learning for all students. Continue reading



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