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Motivation = “Self-Determination” + Common Sense

Common sense tells us that teachers should offer clear goals and specific feedback. Research supports that guidance, with an important caveat. Continue reading



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What if a Research-Supported Educational Idea is Unconstitutional?

A religious studies professor argues that required mindfulness programs in schools create constitutional problems. She also offers solutions. Continue reading



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When Introverts Act Like Extraverts (and Vice Versa)

Surprising new findings suggest that introverts can act like extraverts — and that they get some important benefits from doing so. This finding asks us to rethink powerful arguments about schools and personality types. Continue reading



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Advice: It Is Better to Give than Receive

Students benefit not only from receiving advice, but also from giving it. This low cost strategy can build confidence and promote learning. Continue reading



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What Students Want to Know about Brains and Learning, Part II

High school students have questions. We have (some) answers. Continue reading



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Study Advice for Students: Getting the Specifics Just Right

To get the best benefits from “retrieval practice,” teachers can try this strategy to reassure and motivate nervous students. Continue reading



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What Students Want to Know about Brains and Learning

What do students want to know about brains and learning? Good news: they’ve got insightful questions, and researchers have good answers. Continue reading



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The Best Teaching Method? Depends on the Student…

To know the best teaching approach for our students, we need to ask better questions about their currently level of expertise. Continue reading



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In Defense of Other-Than-Passionate Teaching

You might hear advice that you have to be passionate to succeed as a teacher. While passion might be good, authenticity will be even better. Continue reading



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Exploring the Nuances of Peer Feedback

A recent article offers a helpful summary of research into peer feedback. Continue reading



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