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Graphic Disorganizers; or, When Should Teachers Decorate Handouts?

Teachers regularly face competing goals. For instance: On the one hand — obviously — we…



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To Insta or Not to Insta: That Is the Memory...

Here in the US, we’re having something of a national debate about the benefits/harms of…



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I Am a Doctrinaire Extremist; S/he Is a Thoughtful Moderate

I recently had an email exchange with an educational thinker and leader who has spent…



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Does Mind-Wandering Harm Learning?

If you teach children for several hours a day, you just know that sometimes they’re…



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“Writing By Hand Fosters Neural Connections…”

Imagine this conversation that you and I might have: ANDREW: The fastest way to drive…



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Weather Forecasting and Cognitive Science

I live in Boston, and we just had an ENORMOUS snow storm. TWELVE INCHES of…



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Constructivism, or Constructivism, Part II

Last week, I wrote about the often-testy debates that surround “constructivism.” One possible cause for…



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Constructivism, or Constructivism? Part I

If you want to launch a feisty debate in your next faculty meeting, stand up…



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Should Students Make Their Own Flashcards, Take II

A respected colleague recently posted a study about making flashcards. The basic question: should students…



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The Jigsaw Advantage: Should Students Puzzle It Out?

The “jigsaw” method sounds really appealing, doesn’t it? Imagine that I’m teaching a complex topic: say,…



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