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Stress and Memory

Stress and Memory

By Althea Need KaminskeCover image by Mizuno K from PexelsRecently, Cindy talked about how the Yerkes-Dodson Law (or performance-arousal) is less of a law and more of a nice story about how stress influences performance. The performance-arousal curve is a handy explanation for a lot of different patterns and, on the surface, it seems to…
Promoting Far Transfer in Medical Education: An Experiment

Promoting Far Transfer in Medical Education: An Experiment

Students in the experiment read the explanations and completed their practice cases with feedback in the way outlined by their particular experimental condition (i.e., interleaved with one context, interleaved with two contexts, blocked with one context, blocked with two contexts). Measuring Learning and TransferThe students were then tested to see how much they could remember…
Enhancing Learning Through Storytelling

Enhancing Learning Through Storytelling

By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelImagine you are enrolled in a life sciences course and learning about stochastic molecular motion in biological systems (i.e., how molecules move in random ways within cells and other parts of living things). You are given the option to study the topic using either a) expository instruction which focuses on explaining the topic,…
What Exactly Is The Science of Learning Anyway?

What Exactly Is The Science of Learning Anyway?

The authors note that this is distinct from the learning sciences (although the Science of Learning is often used interchangeably). The learning sciences focus specifically on “investigat[ing] teaching and learning as well as the design and development of learning environments, with the goal to improve the effectiveness of education and training.” (p. 13). Given these…
GUEST POST: Metacognition in the Classroom: What it Looks Like and How to Foster it

GUEST POST: Metacognition in the Classroom: What it Looks Like and How to Foster...

Metacognition allows students to be more expert-like in their thinking and more effective and efficient in their learning.Modeling StrategiesAs educators, you think metacognitively all the time: reflecting on your current understanding, assessing what the burning questions are, and considering how your thinking has changed over the years with new information. Your students need to see…
Retrieval Practice with First Graders (6-7 years)

Retrieval Practice with First Graders (6-7 years)

In today’s post, I present a paper from 2020 by Xiaofeng Ma and colleagues (1) investigating retrieval practice with first grade students (children ages 6-7 years). They wondered whether retrieval practice would be effective for children this young, given that children’s memory systems are less mature at this age. Children this age are much less…
Effects of Drawing on Memory

Effects of Drawing on Memory

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By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelWe have looked at the benefits of combining text and visuals for memory and learning – see dual coding – in many previous posts. A new series of experiments has investigated the effects of drawing specifically and whether drawing improves memory for the to-be-learned material compared to other strategies (1). The research is…
GUEST POST: Interview with a Leader for Behavior Interventions in Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

GUEST POST: Interview with a Leader for Behavior Interventions in Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

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Marty Huitt is a seasoned educator and visionary leader dedicated to revolutionizing how schools support children struggling with behavioral and academic challenges. For over two decades, Marty has served as the Director of the Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) program in Kansas City, Missouri, shaping the landscape of educational intervention and support in more than…
Retrieval Practice in Undergraduate Medical Education

Retrieval Practice in Undergraduate Medical Education

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Medical education is divided into Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), which includes coursework, supervised clinical rotations, and specialty electives, and Graduate Medical Education (GME) which is residency and like their entry level job. So, UME is graduate-level education (post-bachelors), but called Undergraduate, for reasons I’ve yet to discover. For the purposes of this blog, I’m focused…
Cold Calling and Classroom Discussions

Cold Calling and Classroom Discussions

The researchers found that when there were low levels of cold calling in a class, men tended to participate voluntarily more than women. When cold calling was frequently used within a class, students, both men and women, volunteered to participate more often. Further, the increase was larger for the women students than the men students.…
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