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Strategies for Effective Learning - A Whole School Approach
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2017/1/17-1
My school has started implementing a whole school approach to learning, based on what cognitive science suggests might be successful strategies. I’ve been working with colleagues on a set of ‘Principles for Learning’ that give teachers and students ...
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NEW DIGEST: 5 Evidence-based Resources for Teaching Spelling
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/11/27/weekly-digest-37
In our most recent blog post, we answered questions we have received about cognitive psychology and education. One question we received recently was about spelling: Can the spelling inventory could be given on the computer and still be valid? Ultimately, ...
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What Would Having a Woman as President Mean to Children?

From the Learning Scientists: This post is timely given the current Presidential election, but issues of gender bias are a reality in more situations than this one. Here, our guest post author describes research on biases that are likely affecting Hillary during this election. In publishing this post, we hope to draw attention to these issues. No matter who you support, it is important to stay informed about the issues on the ballot and vote!
Kids are born biased. It’s natural to put things, and people, into categories. Even very young children sort people based on race and sex, and this sorting can affect their judgments about gender equity. For example, I asked children whether it is acceptable...
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Here are some evidence-based resources on teaching kids how to be safe - just in time for Halloween!
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/10/28/weekly-digest-33
Many of us enjoy dressing up for Halloween, trick-or-treating with your kids, Halloween-themed crafts, or just curling up on the couch to watch scary movies (or not so scary movies, like Hocus Pocus). Unfortunately, with Halloween comes dangers for our children, and it can be hard to distinguish between those dressing up to pretend to be monsters, and the actual monsters around us. But, how do we talk to our kids about "stranger dange...
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How does physical exercise benefit learning and cognitive processing?
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/10/15/weekly-digest-31
We have previously written about ways that cognitive psychology can improve physical activity (or more specifically learning a new dance!), but what about the effect of exercise on learning? We already know that our bodies affect our minds from our research on sleep...
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Do Study Strategy Interventions Work?
The overall meta-analysis found that study strategy interventions were moderately successful in improving academic performance relative to control groups that did not engage in the intervention.
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/10/13-1
As many of you know, we’ve been busy creating materials to teach students how to study effectively: there are presentations that teachers can show in class, posters that can be hung around the classroom, bookmarks and stickers to remind ...
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What is the real value of student evaluation of instructors? What can we do to improve the evaluation process to get more actionable feedback? What other measures of teaching effectiveness should we be using? What can individual instructors do to improve evaluations? - A look at these issues on the excellent Learning Scientists blog
As an instructor in higher education, this time of year brings a bit of trepidation. As a tenure-track professor at a teaching university, this time of year can make or break my future. Reading the tweets above make me realize that course evaluations may mean something considerably different for students than administrators, colleagues, or I realize. Given that ...
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Here's what people in my field do: we take basic principles of the mind such as memory, attention, and perception, and then we build learning and teaching strategies based on what we know about these processes. We believe that any teacher who's interested in helping students learn can benefit from understanding the cognitive processes involved in learning.
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/10/27-1
When I get asked "what do you do?" by well-meaning strangers, my answer often flummoxes them: "I apply cognitive psychology to education." Do what? The blank expression I'm often faced with is my cue to break it down into something that actually makes ...
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Weekly Digest #33: Teaching Kids about Safety
Just in time for Halloween, we've put together a set of resources about keeping kids safe. The first resource discusses Behavior Skills Training (or BST for short), which is a technique for learning new skills that has shown to be effective at teaching kids how to avoid / handle dangerous situations. The remaining four resources are safety tips from groups like the National Crime Prevention Council, Riley Children's Health, a hospital affiliated with Indiana University Medicine; Kid Power, a nonprofit that works to create cultures of caring, respect, and safety for everyone; and finally TeenSafe, targeted towards older kids.
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/10/28/weekly-digest-33
Many of us enjoy dressing up for Halloween, trick-or-treating with your kids, Halloween-themed crafts, or just curling up on the couch to watch scary movies (or not so scary movies, like Hocus Pocus). Unfortunately, with Halloween comes dangers for our children, and it can be hard to distinguish between those dressing up to pretend to be monsters, and the actual monsters around us. But, how do we talk to our kids about "stranger dange...
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Weekly Digest #32: Evidence-based Learning Strategies for Learning Disabilities
"This week we were asked on Twitter about learning strategies for teens with learning disabilities. Similarly to when we were asked about procrastination a few weeks ago, this was not within our areas of expertise, so we decided to do some research and..."
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/10/23/weekly-digest-32
This week we were asked on Twitter about learning strategies for teens with learning disabilities. Similarly to when we were asked about procrastination a few weeks ago, this was not within our areas of expertise, so we decided to do some research and ...
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Important New Study of Homework
"If teachers are going to assign homework, researchers should investigate its efficacy. This study should make us rethink how we interpret existing research in this area."
http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/10/18-1
There's plenty of research on homework and the very brief version of the findings is probably well known to readers: homework has a modest effect on the academic achievement of older students, and no effect on younger students (1) ...
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