Maximizing the Effectiveness of Multiple-Choice Qs — The Effortful Educator

Below is a quick activity that is easily adaptable for most class settings. It maximizes the effectiveness of multiple-choice questions and is a wonderful way for students and teachers to assess student learning. I really like this activity, because unlike most involving multiple-choice questions, this template makes use of all answer choices and requires students…

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What High School Students Disliked About Switch to Common Core — Truth in American Education

Photo Credit: J. Sanna (CC-By-2.0) Chalkbeat reported about a study by Suneal Kolluri published in SAGE Journals entitled “Student Perspectives on the Common Core: The Challenge of College Readiness at Urban High Schools.” Kolluri surveyed 54 college-bound, inner-city high school seniors in California to determine how those students perceive their college readiness during the implementation of…

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The academic papers researchers regard as significant are not those that are highly cited — Impact of Social Sciences

For many years, academia has relied on citation count as the main way to measure the impact or importance of research, informing metrics such as the Impact Factor and the h-index. But how well do these metrics actually align with researchers’ subjective evaluation of impact and significance? Rachel Borchardt and Matthew R. Hartings report on…

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Weekly Digest #108: What Can We Learn From High-Performing Education Systems? — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

Recently, Carolina presented at a conference for teachers in Wales, Theory to Practice Conference organized by @ImpactWales, and had the pleasure to hear a talk by Lucy Crehan. Lucy is an education consultant and expert, particularly when it comes to education systems in different countries. A couple of years ago she has made the bold…

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Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approaches – The research problem — Bluegrass Institute

When I first started looking at education research back in 1994, I saw all sorts of educators’ claims that they really understood how children learned. It didn’t take long to develop a rather strong, though subjectively based, opinion that there actually seemed to be remarkably little scientifically-based research to support claims about the many education…

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How many words do you need to know ?

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Research indicates that if the students know about 98% of the words on a page, then they can read it quickly and with high levels of comprehension. Below 90% (one unknown word in 10) the reading becomes frustrating and slow requiring a lot of dictionary use and comprehension suffers badly.
The Extensive Reading Foundation’s Guide to Extensive Reading

I first came across this research while teaching English 109, and it sure corresponds to my experience. 

If my students knew just 90% of the words in a text, they couldn’t read it at all, even with the definitions of new vocabulary words typed in the margins. 

I’m sure the problem is working memory.

Every time you look up a new word you have to remember a) what you were just reading, b) the ‘name’ of the new word, and c) the new word’s definition.

Plus you have to…

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Online Learning may not be Ideal for All Students — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Megan Sumeracki Image from Pixabay With advances in technology, the use of online and hybrid (partially online and partially in person) classes has increased. There seems to be a lot of excitement around different course formats that are available in higher education, with some institutions even pushing for more and more online and hybrid…

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Relationships and Learning: Clarification on a Popular Quote — The Effortful Educator

Ok. There’s a quote following this paragraph. I want you to read it and pause…think about what this quote means to you. Take thirty seconds and think through how it might apply to your research and/or your classroom. Then please consider how others may interpret this quote. So, here’s the quote: “No significant learning…

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Gates and Zuckerberg Partner on New Ed Project, What Could Go Wrong? — Truth in American Education

The Associated Press reports that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg will team up for an education initiative focused on kids who have trouble learning. What could possibly go wrong? The AP’s Sally Ho writes: Tech moguls Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday they will team up to help develop new methods for kids with…

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