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Collaborative Learning and Working Memory Overload: Good News or Bad?

Consider the following paradox: Teachers need to give students¬†instructions — of course we do! After…

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The Dangers of “The Big Ask”: In Defense of Stubborn...

Let’s face it:¬†teaching is hard. I’ve been a classroom teacher for roughly 20 years —…

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“Embodied Cognition” in Action: Using Gestures to Teach Science

Here’s a topic that has gotten lots of enthusiastic attention in recent years: embodied cognition….

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Why We Forget and How to Remember Better by Dr....

Why We Forget and How to Remember Better by Dr. Andrew E. Budson and Dr….

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Getting the Principles Just Right: Classroom Decoration

The benefits of classroom decoration seem intuitive. After all, we decorate our homes in order…

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Getting the Details Just Right: “Pre-questions”

Teachers, of course, ask students questions. ALL THE TIME with the questions. We ask questions…

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Getting the Details Just Right: Highlighting

Because the school year starts right now, I’m using this month’s blog posts to give…

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Getting the Details Just Right: Retrieval Practice

As we gear up for the start of a new school year, we’re probably hearing…

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The Good Life by Robert Waldinger & Marc Schulz

The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness serves as a…

3 students working together on a math problem

Using “Worked Examples” in Mathematics Instruction: a New Meta-Analysis

Should teachers lets students figure out mathematical ideas and processes on their own? Or, should…