Teachers are not being provided with the knowledge and evidence to make their teaching truly effective.
In the field of education, learning engineering is new — and potentially revolutionary.
Part science of learning, part computer science, the field aims to use the data from large educational systems and platforms to map out better ways for students to learn and succeed.
We live in teams. We work in teams. We learn in teams. But what makes for a good team? How do we create the types of teams that actually support each other and lead to learning gains? Well, at least of the answer starts with football.
In this interview with Dr. David Handel, a retired physician, tells us about his new tool for students. The app, iDoRecall (iDR) strives to help students with time management and long-term retention and learning.
How to create change? This question comes up a lot in any sort of learning enterprise, whether it’s schools or companies, largely because we’re often learning in order to change. In other words, we gain a skill or insight in order to think differently.
The options for technology in the classroom have exploded in the 21st century. We can use clickers in our classrooms, smartphone and tablet quizzing apps, online course management systems, smartboards, and probably about 100 other things that I haven’t even heard of. But one question that continues to pop up is whether students should use technology to take notes.
It certainly happened to me as a kid. I would be finishing up a big exam, reviewing my answers, and I'd take another glance at a tough question, wondering: Should I change my answer? Or should I keep my first, instinctual response?
You’ve done something cool. Maybe you’ve written a 300-page, fantasy novel set in the year 2547, or maybe you’ve some developed some life-changing software that will finally make email manageable.
Should you trust your colleagues? Should you have faith in educators? Do your students even want to do the right thing? I hear these questions a lot, and I think there’s a pretty clear answer.
We recently chatted with The Learning Agency advisor, Dr. Pooja Agarwal, about her new book.
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For decades, there has been a hot debate about the benefits (or not) of bilingual education for English language learners. Some argue that bilingual education slows down acquisition of a second language, while others assert that second language acquisition is improved within bilingual language programs; both sides can point to research “supporting” their stance, as often happens. So, what happens when you pick apart the literature and try to determine what really works?
More and more organizations from testing companies like ETS to massive companies like Frito-lay are relying on online tools to crowdsource public opinion. Lego, for example, now uses crowdsourced focus groups to collect ideas from consumers for new products.
Lashaudra Cox, an AP Biology and Biology teacher at Douglass High School, in urban Memphis, Tennessee, doesn’t like to “baby” her students. “I notice that some students will shut down instead of actually trying to grapple with (a problem) or, you know, have that productive struggling through it.” She adds that, instead of just giving them the information, she allows “them to work through it and solve it on their own.”
Glenn Whitman is at the forefront of integrating the science of learning into actual classroom settings. Through his work as the Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrews Episcopal School, Glenn bridges the gap between the research and the classroom.
Every year, tens of thousands of students in American are paddled in school, and more than a dozen states still allow teachers to hit or strike their students.
Sky View Middle School boasts a large facility in the Boston area suburb of Leominster, Massachusetts. Typical of many suburban schools, Caucasian students make up a majority of the school population, at about 55 percent. Hispanic students represent 30 percent and approximately half of the students come from a low-income background. 40 percent are English language learners.
Up until recently, no one had systematically studied the role of educators and how exactly they promoted learning. Certainly, experts have been theorizing about the practice of instruction for centuries. The Socratic Method dates back to ancient Greece. The apprenticeship model goes back to medieval Europe. The Han Dynasty in China may have pioneered a high-stakes testing approach to schooling--it offered the first civil service exam.
An experiment took place some years ago at an all-girls school in New York City. It was an old Catholic school, with some crucifixes hanging from the walls, looking somber and stern. The girls were in their first two years of high school, teenagers wearing polo shirts and pleated skirts, and the young women would later receive a little gift for agreeing to enroll in the study.
We love to talk about all the research that supports highly effective practices like self-quizzing. In this article, we talk about what we do not know about the science of learning.
What’s it like to help people implement the science of learning? It’s hard but powerful. Plus, there are some clear lessons learned like making sure not to try to implement too many new strategies at once.
Not long ago, teacher Tatiyana Webb witnessed a “perfect” moment of elaboration in the classroom, and so she went with it.
There’s a formula that we call the “ABCs” that can be used to write compelling op-eds, columns, or blogs. The same formula can also be used to write almost any document that offers up an argument or gives advice. This is a “news flash lede,” a comment which will make sense in a moment.
School’s out for the summer — and so begins a long few months of parents’ and teachers’ worrying about all the things their children will forget before the fall. The fractions they won’t be able to multiply. The state capitals they won’t be able to identify. “Learning loss” is the name for it.
In the minds of many, the South Side of Chicago has descended into a type of madness. While crime doesn’t define the vibrant, inspiring city, violence clingsto certain South Side streets where shootings have become commonplace. President Trump referred to parts of the city as “worse” than areas in the Middle East. A few weeks ago, two men shot a young man named Daniel Cardova, and when a group gathered to mourn Cardova some hours later, yet another shooting occurred, killing two people and injuring another eight.
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