A Better Retrieval Practice?

“The testing effect (retrieval practice) is one of the most robust effects in memory research. More than 100 years of research has established that taking a test is more effective than restudy for improving subsequent memory” (1). You would be hard-pressed to find a more impactful and widely applicable learning strategy than retrieval practice. It…

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EdWeek Survey: Teachers working less now (Really?) while student interest wanes

Education Week just published some findings from a survey of teachers and district leaders that was conducted on May 6 and 7 that is bound to raise eyebrows, if not ire. The headlined finding: Teachers work an hour less per day during COVID-19. Seventy-one percent of those surveyed say teachers are spending less time on…

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Facilitating Un-facilitated Communication in Autism — Catherine & Katharine

My two hour talk on this charged topic is going live at 5:00 PM EST today, available any time after that: https://thereadingleague.uscreen.io/programs/le-may-beals-cut-1mp4-de3af4?categoryId=24423 They’ll be a live q & a on Monday, and I’m hoping someone will bring up a paper, just published in Nature of all places, that appears to provide empirical support for a […]

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A Statistics Primer for the Overwhelmed Educator — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Cindy NebelOn twitter this week, our good friend Blake Harvard (@effortfuleduktr) mentioned that he didn’t know what was meant by a repeated measures ANOVA when he read about it in papers. Image from Twitter I’ve spent the last ten years teaching behavioral science statistics, so I thought it might be worthwhile to write up…

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If you open schools again, will they come? — The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions

As Kentucky and other states slowly (at least in Kentucky’s case) start to reopen the economy, one of the questions on a lot of folks’ minds is how – or if – schools will reopen. Absent a solid cure or vaccine for COVID-19, social distancing, masking, safe serving of meals and a host of other…

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The College Board COVID-Era AP Exam: Another Botch Job — deutsch29

The College Board is offering its Advanced Placement (AP) tests in an abbreviated, roughly-45-minute formats that students complete remotely and submit according to the College Board’s schedule. The first round of testing began May 11, 2020. In keeping with the College Board’s established history of ineptness as a high-stakes testing entity (see here and here […]

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Scheduling & Tracking Challenges in K-12 — educational research techniques

Time management is a constant problem in teaching. How long should class periods be? How often should students meet for one class? These are just some questions that need to be addressed. Despite the challenge and confusion, determining how much time students spend with a teacher has some flexibility to it. In this post, we […]

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**GUEST BLOG** Pre-Teaching: What and How?

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Kristel Vanhoyweghen and Tim Surma / Thomas More University of Applied Sciences

In these times of distance learning teachers are pre-teaching new content. But what is pre-teaching exactly? We first look at the theoretical concept and then discuss how to put it into practice.

What is pre-teaching?

Pre-teaching is an instructional strategy that involves teaching students concepts or skills before the actual class takes place. The aim is to activate and structure essential prior knowledge. Pre-teaching is usually used with specific target groups in remedial education and allows them to for example read through a text, answer questions or study vocabulary before class. It prepares them for ‘the real deal’. The current situation is different since pre-teaching is now used for all students, not just specific target groups. In reality, distance learning through pre-teaching will resemble more familiar instructional approaches like flipping the classroom. The most important thing to…

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‘Some days it’s over by 11am’: schooling under lockdown around the world — Education | The Guardian

Adapting, picking battles and bribery aid home schooling from Bulgaria to Bondi Beach during the coronavirus pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage… 77 more words

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Coronavirus shows us it’s time to rethink everything. Let’s start with education | George Monbiot

The pandemic is a tough lesson in the workings of the natural world – and proves how vital a knowledge of ecology really isImagine mentioning William Shakespeare to a university graduate and discovering they had never heard of him. You would be incredulous. But it’s common and acceptable not to know what an arthropod is,…

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