What phrases do you say frequently in your classroom?
How does assumption of learning affect the classroom? How can teachers and students work to avoid assuming in the classroom?
The following article originally featured on Edutopia January 23, 2018 at the following link: https://www.edutopia.org/article/2-evidence-based-learning-strategies Spaced and retrieval practice help students retain content and give them a sense of what they know—and what they don’t. I often say to my students, “If a test is the first time you’re made to think about or with the class material,... Continue Reading →
I’ve written a bit about this before...homework. It isn't a bad word. I see it discussed often on edutwitter. While I agree there is little point of elementary school-aged students working through copious amounts, I see a lot of purpose for high school students; especially those who are planning on attending college. I have a... Continue Reading →
This article discusses the myth of the learning pyramid; providing anecdotes and research to dispel the myth.
I’ve been on the blogging scene for just over a year. Due to my beliefs on what education should look like, what it should represent, and how it should be conducted, I find myself generally agreeing mostly with educators in the UK. This is a little odd, due to the fact that I live in... Continue Reading →
“ ‘I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin.’ - Neo” - Tom Bennett ResearchED founder, Tom Bennett, spoke these words at the conclusion of the latest researchED conference in the United States (October 7 in Brooklyn, NYC). ResearchED... Continue Reading →
Exactly one year ago today, my first ever blog article was published by the wonderful researchers/educators, The Learning Scientists. Since that day, I’ve had the bug...the reading research-writing-learning-growing bug. It’s been an amazing journey so far. A world of education, that I never knew existed, has been exposed to me and it’s changed everything about... Continue Reading →
I recently returned from my first researchED experience in Brooklyn; perhaps you saw the hashtag #rEDNY17 floating around twitter lately. Like a lot of education conferences, speakers presented information for which they are knowledgeable. Unlike a lot of education conferences, there was no expo or product to buy. No one wanted me to purchase the... Continue Reading →
How can homework be appropriately used to increase retention of material and foster proper study habits in students?
Earlier today on twitter, Tom Bennett (@tombennett71) launched a small thread on assessment. You can check it out here. Essentially, he argues that testing doesn’t have to just mean an end of unit/chapter or course assessment and courses shouldn’t exist simply to focus on or teach to the test. I completely agree. I believe... Continue Reading →
Dear Students, Please read carefully and completely before passing judgement. You’re not the #1 priority in my life. That spot is reserved for my family. I love my wife and three children more than just about anything. You’ve been in my class and heard my stories...you know. I show you our weekend excursions on... Continue Reading →
The following post first featured on the American Psychological Association's Psych Learning Curve on August 28, 2017: http://psychlearningcurve.org/learn-from-people-we-dont-like/ In a quite popular Ted Talk, Every Kid Needs A Champion, Dr. Rita Pierson says many great things about relationships and education. I have no doubt she was an incredible educator and mentor to students and teachers.... Continue Reading →
Dear New Teacher, Congratulations on your new job and commitment to the future of the world...a bit dramatic, but whatever. I want to give you a list of advice for your first year at the helm of your classroom. This isn’t your usual list...its purpose is to be completely honest; from one educator to another.... Continue Reading →
*The following article originally posted on the American Psychological Association's Psych Learning Curve website on July 17, 2017: http://psychlearningcurve.org/learning-myths-vs-learning-facts/ Unless you’ve been under a rock, avoiding the most infamous jargon of education, you’ve heard the term ‘learning styles’. It has become quite the buzzword in the last decade or so and is almost said with... Continue Reading →
One of the most flattering compliments I’ve ever received, in reference to my teaching, came in December of 2006. I was a member of a lovely cohort, finishing up our third and final semester of our Master’s of Education degree. During our last meetings together, one of the professors who instructed us along the way,... Continue Reading →
Disclaimer: I am not asserting the brain should be worked out like other muscles of the body. Thank you. When discussing retrieval practice, it is easy to focus on the ‘retrieval’ aspect of the learning strategy. It is much more interesting, I believe, to consider the neurological and biological side of the topic in relation to... Continue Reading →
I try to make it a habit to participate in edchats whenever possible for two reasons: It helps me to stay ‘plugged in’. Most of the time, I genuinely enjoy the chat. Even if I don’t agree with most of what’s being said, the vibe of it all has a nice energy. Although, I believe... Continue Reading →
I’m not going to lie, I’m hesitant to write this article. Why? Well...I don’t really follow the fads of teaching. As a general rule, I believe the flashier the professional development, the more unneeded or gilded it probably is. I consider myself an educator whose classroom is driven by researched or evidence-based strategies. Ideas of... Continue Reading →
In the not too distant past, on Edutwitter, there was a discussion of ResearchEd. Of course, like all things education, there were supporters and detractors. One particular thread centered on the topic of researchers versus curators in the world of education. In my best estimation, researchers were defined as those actually conducting the studies...pretty straight... Continue Reading →
In one of your latest articles, “4 Things We Don’t Know About AP Tests”, you discuss some of the unknowns of AP classes; citing there has been little independent research on the subject due mainly to the difficulty in conducting the research successfully. You then follow with 4 important questions the experts still don’t know... Continue Reading →
*The following letter was written to one of my AP Government classes a few years ago. A few edits have been made to remove any comments specific to the class. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you see fit. Hey guys/gals, You are awesome and I want you to know that. You are... Continue Reading →
I promise, I was out of my desk to pick up someone’s pencil that fell off their desk. There I was, walking the fine line of detention in Mrs. Andrews’ 12th grade Government/Economics class. You see, Mrs. Andrews was very strict, but very fair. She had one rule everyone had to follow or suffer the... Continue Reading →
I’m not going to lower the standard. You will be expected to finish everything your classmates complete; with the same deadlines and with the same grading scale. When they’re graded for collaborative work, you’ll be expected to work within your group and complete that material, too. The culminating project at the end of the semester?... Continue Reading →
Teacher A: Tell me about your class. Me: Well, I use mainly direct instruction and really focus on learning strategies to help students retain information. I immediately feel judged. As teaching methods go, I increasingly find myself in the minority. I’m “old-school”. My desks are in rows. For the most part, I lecture. There’s almost... Continue Reading →
Let me begin by saying that dual coding, or at least my initial understanding of this learning strategy, is completely foreign to me. I am the antithesis of creative. While others were playing with action figures and creating distant galaxies to be conquered in their mind, I was outside playing some sport. Add to this... Continue Reading →
One of the largest gaps in my students’ learning that I encounter regularly is a lack of study/learning skills. I am extremely fortunate to teach at a school that has high expectations for all and produces some amazing kids. About 90% of each graduating class attends a 2 or 4 year college/university every year with... Continue Reading →
As I begin a new semester, part of the unwritten curriculum that I attempt to instill in my students is learning strategies. So often, my Advanced Placement students graduate, attend college, and are quickly met with their inability to properly study. I believe they are great a memorization, and therefore coast through high school.... Continue Reading →
*The following article first appeared as a guest post on The Learning Scientists blog on January 3, 2017. As schools begin another term, some teachers will have new classes with new students; a fresh start and a blank canvas to create a masterpiece...or not. The first few days of class are key to establishing rapport with students and... Continue Reading →
Let me begin by apologizing. If you are a teacher of any other discipline, I’m sorry. By saying that psychology class is the best environment for learning, that isn’t saying that other disciplines’ environment isn’t great. Surely, a lot of courses contain many of the reasons listed below, but it is just my belief that... Continue Reading →