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The Best Ways to Use ‘One-Pagers’

In recent years, our field has seen a great increase in ‘one-pagers’: handy summaries of…



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Piece-by-Piece PowerPoint: Exploring the “Dynamic Drawing Principle”

The plan for this blog post: First: I’ll describe a particular teaching practice — one…



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Research Advice That’s New + Useful: Improve Learning by Reappraising...

Research benefits teachers if it gives us new, useful ideas. We can feel relief and…



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Change My Mind, Please!

When was the last time you changed your mind about something important? Perhaps you rethought…



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Getting Bossy about Jigsaws; “Don’t Fence Us In”

Back in February, I wrote about the “Jigsaw method” of teaching. In this strategy, teachers…



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Updating the Great Cold-Call Debate: Does Gender Matter?

Edu-Twitter predictably cycles through a number of debates; in recent weeks, the Great Cold-Call Debate…



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Can students “catch” attention? Introducing “Attention Contagion”

Every teacher knows: students won’t learn much if they don’t pay attention. How can we…



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Should Teachers Be Excited about “Neural Synchrony”?

This blog — and this company — exist to give good advice to everyone who…



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Improving Multiple-Choice Questions: A Thought-Provoking Pause

Many teachers carry strong ambivalence about multiple-choice questions (handy abbreviation: MCQs). On the one hand,…



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Just In Case: Improving Online Learning

We teachers benefit A LOT from research-based guidance, but we do have to acknowledge a few…



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