There’s Been A Misunderstanding — The Effortful Educator

This week, a really interesting study appeared on my twitter feed. Here’s a brief introduction to the study’s findings from The Harvard Gazette: “The study, published Sept. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that, though students felt as if they learned more through traditional lectures, they actually learned more when…

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Cheating in College–and How to End It — The Merrow Report

“Cheating Goes Global as U.S. Students Outsource College Papers” That’s the headline from a front page story in Sunday’s New York Times. It’s a compelling, disturbing–but fundamentally flawed–story of what is called ‘Contract Cheating.’ From it we learn that a lot of American college students today cannot be bothered to do their assigned work; instead, […]

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GUEST POST: How to Use Humor in Order to Teach and Learn More Effectively — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Itamar Shatz Itamar Shatz is a doctoral student at Cambridge University. His focus, outside of his studies, is on taking scientific and philosophical concepts that have practical applications, and showing people how to use them in the real world. He publishes his writing on his website, Effectiviology, where he covers topics such as optimal…

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GCSEs: 10,000 pupils disappear from English schools at ‘critical’ stage — Education | The Guardian

Ofsted figures prompt concern that illegal ‘off-rolling’ to boost results may be continuingMore than 10,000 children in England disappeared from schools at a “critical stage” of their GCSE courses, according to Ofsted, raising fears that schools are continuing to illegally “off-roll” pupils to improve exam results.Analysis published by the schools inspectorate found that 20,000 pupils…

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Replacing “Learning Styles” with “Attention Types” — Teach Like a Champion

There has to be a reason… I’ve been thinking a lot about the persistence of people’s belief in learning styles lately. Everywhere I go, teachers and coaches talk about the idea as if was established fact when in reality it is an idea without scientific basis. Recently, I started asking myself Why is the myth…

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College Board Cancels Seattle SAT for Second Time in Two Weeks

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The College Board is a bumbling operation.

According to the College Board’s “SAT Test Closings” web page, the August 24, 2019, SAT administration was canceled at Franklin High School in Seattle and was supposed to be “made up” on Saturday, September 07, 2019.

On the same page, the College Board states, “Test center closings for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are listed below a few days before each test date.”

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However, I am writing this post on the night of September 07, 2019, and there was no SAT administered in Seattle today and no update to the SAT test closing web page. Instead, test takers were met with a sign on the test center door stating the test had been canceled, as Seattle principal Gerrit Kischner posted on Twitter:

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Retrieval Practice in the Classroom: Is Asking Questions Enough? — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Cindy NebelIn our workshops, we often recommend that instructors start by making small changes in their teaching, instead of trying to do a massive overhaul to a curriculum or design from scratch. One possible way that an educator may choose to incorporate retrieval practice into their classroom is to simply stop and ask questions…

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Confusing “Innovative” and “Effective”

Read this story on Michael Goldstein’s recommendation. https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2019/08/07/somerville-won-million-open-new-high-school-and-went-downhill-from-there/MP7qyc7EsBY8SbNl2qdz1M/story.html (Rule of thumb: If Mike says it’s good, read it.)The article describes founder of a proposed new school in Somerville where kids would learn through projects that they designed and would learn what they wanted. It got voted down. The article says, “The plan pulls from best…

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