Constructivism: In The Brain, In The Classroom

Is constructivism a theory of learning, or a theory of teaching? Mike Hobbiss offers a provocative answer. Continue reading

But Does It Work In The Classroom? (A Hint: YES!)

A large study in five different Florida schools gives us lots of confidence that “interleaving” — mixing up different kinds of practice problems together — helps students learn. This technique takes a little extra time, but it’s highly effective and it’s free. Continue reading

More Contradictions in the Adolescent Sleep/Technology Debate

New research, contradicting prior research, shows that pre-bedtime screen use does lower adolescent quality of life. We can managing this contradiction best by focusing on the children right in front of us. Continue reading

Best Font Name Ever: “Sans Forgetica”

Australian researchers have developed a new font, “sans forgetica,” which might help students remember what they read. However, we have reason to be careful and cautious before we rely too much on this innovation. Continue reading

[A Specific] Movement Helped [Specific] Students Learn [A Specific] Thing

Research shows that movement can help kindergarteners understand the number line — an essential concept for math learning in general. We should not assume therefore that movement always benefits learning. Continue reading

Sorting Hats, Myers-Briggs, and the Perils of False Classification

The Hidden Brain podcast on the dangers of false sorting reminds teachers about the dangers of Learning Styles Theory. Continue reading

Not All of Us Work Effectively in a “Memory Palace”

Students with lower visuospatial aptitude don’t benefit much from “memory palaces.” This research finding leads to important classroom strategies…and to bigger questions as well. Continue reading

The Best Teaching Book to Read This Summer: Powerful Teaching

Powerful Teaching, by Agarwal and Bain, combines research and practical classroom strategies. The result: an ideal book for teachers who want to improve our practice. Continue reading

Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying – A Guide for Kids and Teens by Barbara Oakley, Terrence Sejnowski, and Alistair McConville

Barbara Oakley, Terrence Sejnowski, and Alistair McConville have authored a students’ guide to learning. The book, Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying – A Guide for Kids and Teens, is written in a

Pointing Out Online Mistakes Like a “Jerk”: More Misuses of Psychology Research

Despite the click-bait headlines, research doesn’t show much of anything surprising or consequential about people who correct your grammar online. Continue reading