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“How to Study Less and Learn More”: Explaining Learning Strategies to our Students

Because cognitive science gives us such good guidance about learning, we want to share that information with our students. “Study THIS WAY!” we cry. “Research says so!” Alas, all too often, students don’t follow our advice. A key part of



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The Limits of “Desirable Difficulties”: Catching Up with Sans Forgetica

Can a hard-to-read font improve student learning? That’s a very strange question, but in 2019 we had some reasons to think the answer was “yes.” Just published research updates our understanding. Continue reading



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“Doing Science” or “Being a Scientist”: What Words Motivate Students?

If teachers could boost students’ motivation — even slightly — by changing our language, would that effort be worth the time? Continue reading



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“Seductive Details”: When Do Cool Stories and Videos Interfere with Learning?

When teachers include cool stories and funny videos in our lessons, does that ultimately help our students learn? A recent meta-analysis crunches the numbers. Continue reading



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Beyond “Tricks-n-Tips”: What does Cog Sci Tell Us About Online Learning?

When it comes to online learning, don’t just “do this thing.” Instead, “think this way.” Continue reading



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Beyond the Mouse: Pointing in Online Learning [Repost]

As teachers across the country prepare to move our work online, I’ve been looking over previous posts that might offer practical guidance. This post — from July of last year — asks a simple question: in online teaching, does pointing matter? Happily,



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Overcoming Potential Perils of Online Learning [Repost]

In June of 2019, I wrote about Dr. Rachael Blasiman’s research into the effect of typical distractions on online learning. Given the current health climate, I thought her work might be especially helpful right now. The key take-aways here: First: (unsurprisingly) distractions



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Does Teaching HANDWRITING Help Students READ?

Should schools teach handwriting? Do handwriting lessons help students read? Research from Australia offers useful insights. Continue reading



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The Big Six: A Grand Summary

You’d like a handy summary of cognitive science principles relevant to teaching? Read on… Continue reading



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Cold Calling and Bad Pizza

Teachers get contradictory advice about “cold calling.” Well designed research might offer us clear guidance. Continue reading



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