Psychology in the Classroom – Curse of Knowledge

Teaching psychology has taught me things about humans and learning and the classroom that I wouldn’t have experienced had it not been for the psychology curriculum. I think it important to pass some of these lessons along to teachers so as to improve their own instruction. Some of these lessons introduce particular theories of learning,…

Psychology in the Classroom – Curse of Knowledge — The Effortful Educator

How retrieval practice works part 1

Evidence for Educators

You’re right to be interested in retrieval practice.

Retrieval practice is the use of low-stakes testing (written/verbal questions) to benefit pupils’ long-term memories (McDaniel at al., 2007). It’s more effective than non-testing methods like re-reading.

Used in conjunction with other effective teaching methods, retrieval practice has the potential to be a powerful tool for teachers.

The value of retrieval has been known for over a century (Myers, 1914).

Positive evidence can be seen –

  • In educational settings (Yang et al., 2021).
  • With college and university-aged pupils (Foss & Pirozzolo, 2017; Thomas et al., 2020).
  • With school-aged pupils (Marsh et al., 2012; McDaniel et al, 2011; Rowley & McCrudden, 2020).
  • With pre-school children (Fritz et al., 2007).
  • Using various materials (Carpenter, 2009; Roediger & Karpicke, 2006; Carpenter & Pashler, 2007).
  • Using various test types (Yang et al, 2021).

But…

Retrieval practice research with real teachers…

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Reddit: NY High School Student’s “Beyond Control” COVID School Experience

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The following post appeared on Reddit on Wednesday, January 05, 2022, with brief update added on Thursday, January 06, 2022. Although the piece is written by a high school student in New York City and portrays attending school in NYC in the throes of omicron COVID, I can relate to much about this student’s experiences and perspective even as I am teaching in-person in a Louisiana high school. (We don’t have the testing, but we do have the herding of classes into larger spaces such as the gym, auditorium, and cafeteria.)

(Aside: Even as I am composing this post, NYC mayor, Eric Adams, is on CNN boasting of the abundance of testing available in NYC schools and that “we’ve proved that” having students in school is working.)

I Am a New York City Public High School Student. The Situation is Beyond Control.

I’d like to preface this by stating that…

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Sometimes ‘Just Knowing’ Is Enough

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Sometimes there are heated debates, both online and offline, discussing if in education or learning we should first strive for understanding before teaching and learning the mechanics. In this blog, we discuss a few examples to show that sometimes you really don’t need to understand something for it to […]

Sometimes ‘Just Knowing’ Is Enough — 3-Star learning experiences

A New Way to PD

How many times have you sat through professional development set for the entire faculty that had little to nothing to do with the students in your classes? Or didn’t really pertain to where you are in your teaching career? Too many times, right? It’s frustrating and, unfortunately, somewhat predictable. Logically, it stands to reason there’s…

A New Way to PD — The Effortful Educator

Psychology in the Classroom – Selective Attention

Teaching psychology has taught me things about humans and learning and the classroom that I wouldn’t have experienced had it not been for the psychology curriculum. I think it important to pass some of these lessons along to teachers so as to improve their own instruction. Some of these lessons introduce particular theories of learning,…

Psychology in the Classroom – Selective Attention — The Effortful Educator

Ontario Court Declares Teacher Math Proficiency Test Unconstitutional

Ontario Teachers Union: The Ontario Divisional Court has ruled that the Ontario College of Teachers shall grant certification to teacher candidates who have not yet passed the Math Proficiency Test but who have otherwise met all other teacher certification requirements. The Divisional Court found that the Math Proficiency Test had an adverse impact on entry…

Ontario Court Declares Teacher Math Proficiency Test Unconstitutional — SIS

People flocked to language apps during the pandemic – but how much can they actually teach you?

The first of a series on how digital technologies shape our thoughts, emotions and interior lives In March 2020, as the Covid pandemic took hold, the language learning app Duolingo reported double its usual number of sign-ups. Stuck inside under lockdown orders, people had time on their hands and were looking for ways to occupy…

People flocked to language apps during the pandemic – but how much can they actually teach you? | Shelley Hepworth — Education | The Guardian

After three years of chaos, six US teens tell us how school could be different

Covid upended high school in the US. But it also left young people wondering: what else could be possible?Trying to learn AP physics over Zoom. Cancelled standardized tests. The end of Ds and Fs. Masked proms with no slow dancing. While Covid undeniably changed the world for everyone, one place that was truly upended was…

After three years of chaos, six US teens tell us how school could be different — Education | The Guardian

“Right-sizing” All-Charter New Orleans Schools

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New Orleans does not have enough K12 students to support all of its schools, which happen to be all charter schools. As a result, it seems that this charter-portfolio district will be undergoing a downsizing/restructuring, the initial plans for which will be revealed “in the coming weeks,” as Marta Jewson of the December 29, 2021, Lens reports.

Jewson notes that over 3,000 seats are currently not filled (47,000 students and 50,000 seats.)

The euphemistic term for potentially closing or consolidating some of New Orleans’ underenrolled charter schools is apparently “right-sizing.”

Jewson reports that having too few students affects a school’s ability to maintain facilities. This problem is old news for traditional school systems that lose per-pupil student funding when competing charter schools pop up in their districts. In the case of all-charter New Orleans, the competition for New Orleans’ too-few students is all charter-to-charter and has KIPP New Orleans…

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