When The Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class
It’s all part of an approach that Pittsfield, and a growing number of schools across the country, have adopted called student-centered learning. The idea is to ditch traditional classes (think: teacher lecturing from a rigid lesson plan at the front of a class to students in neat rows of desks) for a more personalized approach, where students have a much greater say in what they learn and how they learn it.
Multiple-choice Testing: Are the Best Practices for Assessment Also Good for Learning?
Multiple-choice tests are very popular in education for a variety of reasons – they are easy to grade, offer greater objectivity, and can allow more content to be covered on a single test. As a result of its popularity and utility, multiple-choice testing has been the focus of a lot of research.
Easing the Shift From Elementary to Middle School
A few ways teachers can help new middle schoolers—and their families—cope with this big change.
College Advice I Wish I’d Taken
(New York Times)
I enjoyed going to college at the University of Michigan, an hour from home, but my secret humiliation is: I was the type of mediocre student I now disdain. As a freshman, I cared about my friends, my boyfriend and my poetry. Or, I cared about what my boyfriend thought of my friends, what my friends thought of him, and what they thought of my poetry about him. Here’s what I wish I’d known and done differently.
Attending a middle vs K-8 school matters for student outcomes
Students who attend a middle school compared to a K-8 school are likely to have a lower perception of their reading skills, finds a new study.
Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better
A large body of research suggests that students who go to middle school or junior high do worse academically, socially and emotionally, compared to the young teenagers who get to be the oldest students at schools with grades K-8.
Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School
It is often triggered when students are transitioning into middle or high school. Doctors say it should be treated with flexibility and therapy – not punishment.
What training exercise boosts brain power best? New research finds out
One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity.
10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class
(Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
10 practical strategies you can use to foster a growth-mindset culture in your class.
Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout
Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.
A Troubling Side Effect of Praise
Young students who are praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, a new study finds.
A Pedagogy Questioned
(Inside Higher Ed)
Penn grad student says she’s under fire on campus and off for using a teaching technique that involves specifically calling on students from underrepresented groups.
Author makes case for ‘surprising power’ of liberal arts education
(Inside Higher Ed)
Robots are taking over the world (and the job market). Majoring in anything but a science or engineering discipline is foolhardy. A humanities or social science degree will get you a great job — as a barista.
Should College Professors Give ‘Tech Breaks’ In Class?
These digital natives should be offered a one-minute tech break in the classroom to check and send messages on their phones. More specifically: “Instructors should initially schedule the breaks every 15 minutes, [Rosen] says, but then gradually increase the time between breaks to teach students to focus.”
Why Parents Make Flawed Choices About Their Kids’ Schooling
A new study shows that families act on insufficient information when it comes to figuring out where to enroll their children.
GUEST POST: Exploring Retrieval Practice with Younger Students
(The Learning Scientists)
What if the students were learning these habits at a younger age? What if these techniques were just ‘how we do things’—instead of the much less effective, yet popular, methods of re-reading text or copying notes.
This Job Platform Is For Undergrads Who Get Nowhere On LinkedIn
The days of “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” may be nearing an end now that college students can Handshake their way to better job opportunities.