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Teaching Ideas. Retrieval Practice: A Powerful Strategy to Improve Learning — Summary of Recommendations. Use retrieval practice as a learning strategy, not as an assessment tool.Use retrieval practice frequently, as often as possible.

Retrieval Practice: A Powerful Strategy to Improve Learning — Summary of Recommendations

Practice makes perfect! Use retrieval practice a few days or weeks after a lesson or study session. Space it out.Use a variety of strategies to implement frequent retrieval practice: clickers, flash cards, online quizzes, quick writing prompts, etc.Use a variety of question types: fact-based, conceptual, and higher order/transfer.Encourage metacognition by including feedback (right/wrong feedback, explanation feedback, etc.).Remain confident that challenging learning (via retrieval practice) is a good thing!

Examine your teaching and studying strategies: Do they focus on getting information “in” or “out? " Character Day. Character Day is an annual global day devoted to developing who we are and who we want to be in the world.

Character Day

Character Day 2016 is set for September 22! Sign up your school, classroom, organization, company, congregation, or family to participate. It's completely free! Watch 1 min trailer that explains what Character Day is: - Free award-winning short films about character from different perspectives - Hands-on Discussion Kits with conversation cards and poster - Robust hub of online resources for building character strengths. The Choice Explosion. Lansing, W.Va. — A few years ago, the social psychologist Sheena Iyengar asked 100 American and Japanese college students to take a piece of paper.

The Choice Explosion

On one side, she had them write down the decisions in life they would like to make for themselves. On the other, they wrote the decisions they would like to pass on to others. The Americans filled up the side for decisions they want to decide for themselves. How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences. It’s helpful to know that the brain is plastic and can adapt to challenges.

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences

And when it comes to learning new things, we can build up mental resources through intentional effort. People can get better at realizing self-regulation, executive functions, a sense of perspective or meaning, positive emotions like gratitude, a sense of strength and the feeling of being cared about. “Any kind of mental activity, including experiences, entails underlying neural activity,” said Rick Hanson, a psychologist and senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, at a Learning & the Brain conference. He has developed practices to help people build up their mental capacity for happiness by creating patterns of neural activity that with time and repetition become neural pathways.

How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain That Controls Motivation. We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don’t do it.

How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain That Controls Motivation

There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself? Neuroscience of Habit Change. Recently Uploaded Videos. Mindset Kit - Growth Mindset For Teachers. Brain Science - IAE-Pedia. Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon non-profit corporation created by David Moursund in July, 2007.

Brain Science - IAE-Pedia

It works to improve the informal and formal education of people of all ages throughout the world. A number of people have contributed their time and expertise in developing the materials that are made available free in the various IAE publications. Click here to learn how you can help develop new IAE materials. This Brain Science website contains the complete book, Brain Science for Educators and Parents, written by David Moursund. The Marshall Memo Admin - Issues. 1.

The Marshall Memo Admin - Issues

Making sense of homework 2. Thomas Guskey on the difference between making mistakes and failing 3. Using the retrieval effect to improve vocabulary learning. The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133. Twitter SmarterEveryDay Loading...

Five psychological findings every history teacher should know. This text is somewhere between what I planned to say and what I did say during my session at the Historical Association’s annual conference in Bristol yesterday, with a few reflections in italics.

Five psychological findings every history teacher should know

I’m going to start with a couple of stories from the pillar of the local free press: Hackney Today. As one of only a handful of local authorities still publishing a paper fortnightly, and having recently been instructed to cease doing so by central government, this is not an opportunity to be missed. Particularly with stories like this one, a few months ago: Mapping Pedagogies For Learning Design.

Visual Thinking Center. Palincsar Reciprocal Teaching.pdf. Mind Mapping and Visualization. Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices. Digital Tools There’s no doubt that the experience of reading online is different than reading in print, but does it affect comprehension?

Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

While several studies have found student comprehension and retention are lower on digital devices, could it be that students just need to learn the right tools to enhance their digital reading? Maria Konnikova explores the research and theories behind reading in her New Yorker column. The Importance of Not Knowing – Lingua Franca. Read, Kids, Read. Can reading make you smarter?

When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my desk and asking me to read a few sentences from a Dick and Jane book. Character Strengths - Let It Ripple.