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Graphic Disorganizers; or, When Should Teachers Decorate Handouts?

Teachers regularly face competing goals. For instance: On the one hand — obviously — we…



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The Jigsaw Advantage: Should Students Puzzle It Out?

The “jigsaw” method┬ásounds really appealing, doesn’t it? Imagine that I’m teaching a complex topic: say,…



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Overwhelmed Teachers: The Working-Memory Story (Part II) [Updated with Link]

Last week, I offered an unusual take on working memory in the classroom. Typically, I…



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Kindergarten students sitting on the floor, listening to the teacher at the chalkboard

The Cold-Calling Debate: Potential Perils, Potential Successes

Some education debates focus on BIG questions: high structure vs. low structure pedagogy? technology: good…



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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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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…



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“Teaching” Helps Students Learn: New Research

Not even two months ago, I admitted my skepticism about a popular teaching technique. While…



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Should Teachers Explain or Demonstrate?

If I were a chess teacher, I would want my newbies to understand … ……



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Book Review: Teaching Secondary Science, by Adam Boxer

Let’s start by making this simple: First: You should absolutely buy Adam Boxer’s Teaching Secondary…



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