What do I consider when met with the possibility of using new tools, gadgets, or strategies in my classroom?
What do I carefully consider when met with professional development?
What people and readings have most changed my classroom?
An easily applicable/modifiable activity to assess student’s learning.
A simple and adaptable activity that maximizes the effectiveness of multiple-choice questions.
How important are relationships on learning? Depends on what you mean by relationship.
My students are awesome…and they create a great environment for me to teach.
Does passive learning exist? Does it create a false sense of learning?
Lecture shouldn’t be purged from the modern classroom. Read to find out why it’s still central in my classroom.
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?
What does engagement look like 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
A discussion with students about learning and knowing when we’ve learned.
How can the use of concrete examples increase retention of material in the classroom?
I’ve written a bit about this before…homework. It isn’t a bad word. I see it discussed often on edutwitter. While
Simple formative assessment activities to improve the classroom and student learning.
This article discusses the basics of cognitive load theory and how I apply this theory in my classroom.
This article discusses the myth of the learning pyramid; providing anecdotes and research to dispel the myth.
A review/summarization of a journal article that discusses how we learn and how students should study successfully.
I’ve been on the blogging scene for just over a year. Due to my beliefs on what education should look
“ ‘I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you
Exactly one year ago today, my first ever blog article was published by the wonderful researchers/educators, The Learning Scientists. Since
I’ve written at length about many learning strategies (dual coding and retrieval practice, for example) that positively impact our student’s
I recently returned from my first researchED experience in Brooklyn; perhaps you saw the hashtag #rEDNY17 floating around twitter lately.
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,
Due to Hurricane Irma, I have not seen my students in four days. We are right in the middle of
Dear Students, Please read carefully and completely before passing judgement. You’re not the #1 priority in my life. That
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
In my AP Psychology classroom, most of my students are great at memorizing facts and regurgitating them on quizzes/tests. I
Post 3 – Reading the Research The first two posts in this series introduce its purpose and address where to
Post 2 – Finding the Research As I stated in Post 1, the purpose of this series is to empower
Post 1 – Introduction This is the introduction to a compendium meant to empower the classroom teacher to take control
Dear New Teacher, Congratulations on your new job and commitment to the future of the world…a bit dramatic, but whatever.
*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
One of the most flattering compliments I’ve ever received, in reference to my teaching, came in December of 2006. I
Disclaimer: I am not asserting the brain should be worked out like other muscles of the body. Thank you. When discussing
I try to make it a habit to participate in edchats whenever possible for two reasons: It helps me to
I’m not going to lie, I’m hesitant to write this article. Why? Well…I don’t really follow the fads of teaching.
In the not too distant past, on Edutwitter, there was a discussion of ResearchEd. Of course, like all things education,
Today, on twitter, I found myself reading through a somewhat comical conversation among a few edu-twitterers/teachers/researchers concerning the compiling of
In one of your latest articles, “4 Things We Don’t Know About AP Tests”, you discuss some of the unknowns
*The following letter was written to one of my AP Government classes a few years ago. A few edits have
I promise, I was out of my desk to pick up someone’s pencil that fell off their desk. There I
Let me put all the cards out on the table: I am a big believer in using researched/proven learning strategies
We’re covering developmental psychology in class…you know, from womb to tomb. When introducing the unit, I pose the following questions
I’m not going to lower the standard. You will be expected to finish everything your classmates complete; with the same
Teacher A: Tell me about your class. Me: Well, I use mainly direct instruction and really focus on learning strategies
Let me begin by saying that dual coding, or at least my initial understanding of this learning strategy, is completely
One of the largest gaps in my students’ learning that I encounter regularly is a lack of study/learning skills. I
As I begin a new semester, part of the unwritten curriculum that I attempt to instill in my students
*The following article first appeared as a guest post on The Learning Scientists blog on January 3, 2017. As schools begin another
One of the most important aspects of teaching is the relationships formed with the students. The saying “students don’t care
Let me begin by apologizing. If you are a teacher of any other discipline, I’m sorry. By saying that psychology
Much consideration has been given to the effects of blogging in education. Usually; though, the research considers blogging from the
We all fight biases. Some are learned through interactions with peers and family; others are more intuitive and somewhat
How can teachers use student uncertainty in the classroom to maximize learning?
By Blake Harvard Blake Harvard is a high school AP Psychology teacher at James Clemens High School in Madison, AL.