How to Find Happiness

At this time of year, we can easily get distracted by things. If I have the right stuff — not the John Glenn kind of “right stuff,” but the right objects — then I’ll feel better about my life and

A Holiday Present for the Teacher/Skeptic (in Beta)

A new website helps us confirm — or disconfirm — research findings that (perhaps) ought to guide our teaching. Continue reading

Understanding (False) Learning Styles Beliefs

When people say they “believe in learning styles,” what exactly do they mean? Recent research helps answer that question…and thereby offers strategies for helping change their minds. Continue reading

Introducing Our 2020 Education Conferences

The first of our 2020 education conferences will focus on Educating Anxious Brains. Scholars, teachers, and community leaders will describe the effects of stress and trauma, and share proven strategies for improving lives and school. Continue reading

Balancing Direct Instruction with Project-Based Pedagogies

Tom Sherrington’s essay on direct instruction and project-based pedagogies is now available on his website. And: it prompts important questions about the novice/expert continuum. Continue reading

Dangerous Fluency: Performance Isn’t Always Learning

Cognitive science research helps teachers understand learning better than our students do. We should be confident in offering wise counsel. For instance: based on research, should be ban technology from classrooms? Continue reading

A Hidden Strength of “Concreteness Fading”

Upbeat, perky brand names for teaching methods distract from sensible conversations about their real merits. Continue reading

Concrete + Abstract = Math Learning

Should math instruction focus on concrete examples (frog puppets and oranges) or abstract representations (numbers and equations)? This research suggests: a careful balance of both. Continue reading

When Good Classroom Assignments Go Bad

Classroom assignments often sound like great ideas, until they crash into working memory limitations. Happily, we’ve got the strategies to solve this kind of problem. Continue reading

Can Multiple-Choice Tests Really Help Students?

Surprise: a well-designed multiple choice question might in fact help students. Why? Because it requires extra retrieval practice to sort out all the answers. Continue reading