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Learning “Useless” Things in School is (Usually) NOT Useless

Learning “Useless” Things in School is (Usually) NOT Useless

The challenge facing teachers is to prepare a diverse set of students for later situations that are not only varied, but likely different from ones we can even imagine in our current time. As technology rapidly changes our world, our instructors are set with the task of attempting to make students ready for whatever that…
Weekly Digest #140: There’s an App for That

Weekly Digest #140: There’s an App for That

These days we are all extremely busy! So, we’ll keep it brief. Check out these resources to help you manage your workflow and stay productive. Since we know you’re busy, we’ll keep the descriptions to a minimum today and let the descriptive titles speak do most of the talking!
Can Students Change Their Study Habits?

Can Students Change Their Study Habits?

Before I give a more detailed description of the study I want to caution that this is still a working paper. This means that it has not gone through the peer review process. The peer-review process is in place to assure that research that is published is high quality. As the name suggests, this process…
Learning in a Museum

Learning in a Museum

By Althea Need Kaminske This past week I had the opportunity, along with Megan Sumeracki, to talk with docents about how they can use the science of learning in their work. As educators, docents face an interesting set of challenges when teaching visitors about their collections. Namely that they have a limited amount of time…
Dual Coding and Learning Styles

Dual Coding and Learning Styles

By Megan Sumeracki Dual coding and learning styles sound similar, but are not quite the same thing. While dual coding has scientific evidence backing its use, while learning styles has been repeatedly tested and shown not to improve learning. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post (see here), I have been working with a team…
GUEST POST: Why Won’t Susie Eat Her Vegetables?  Combatting Metacognitive Disconnect with Mindset

GUEST POST: Why Won’t Susie Eat Her Vegetables? Combatting Metacognitive Disconnect with Mindset

References: (1) Lee-Kwan, S. H., Moore, L. V., Blanck, H. M., Harris, D. M., & Galuska, D. (2017). Disparities in State-Specific Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption — United States, 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 66(45), 1241–1247. http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6645a1. (2) Mischel, W., Ebbesen, E. B., & Raskoff Zeiss, A. (1972). Cognitive and attentional mechanisms in…
A Brief Overview of Working Memory

A Brief Overview of Working Memory

Working memory refers to your ability to manipulate and remember information over a short period of time (about two minutes). It’s very similar to short term memory, but when we use the term working memory we are emphasizing the manipulation of information. For example, if someone gave you a telephone number to write down, you…
Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus

From a cognitive psychologist’s point of view, these results are particularly impressive because they demonstrate transfer. There are a number of training tools that are marketed as improving mental processes. While a number of these show improvement on the training task itself, very few show improvement on things outside of the task (4). In other…
Weekly Digest #129: Students Under Stress

Weekly Digest #129: Students Under Stress

When one of our very first guest bloggers reached out to us recently asking about resources for students under severe stress, we realized that we hadn’t broached this issue on our blog yet. This hugely important issues will take more than a quick digest to explore, so expect more on this topic in the future.…
Weekly Digest #132: Dual Coding, Visual Note Taking, and Sketchnoting

Weekly Digest #132: Dual Coding, Visual Note Taking, and Sketchnoting

1. To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand by Robinson Meyer via The Atlantic Why should you take notes by hand? If you can’t imagine going without your laptop, or asking your students to go without theirs, then this interview with Mueller and Oppenheimer may change your mind. Mueller and Oppenheimer tell the…

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