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A Secret For Learning: Don’t Take Notes With Your Laptop. Remember when being in a classroom entailed your teacher’s lesson plan being scratched onto a chalkboard?

A Secret For Learning: Don’t Take Notes With Your Laptop

Or watching as he or she rolled a projector into the room and brought forth the lesson onto a white screen? You listened and took notes with pen or pencil on paper, or you missed out. Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With. Ever finished a book?

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Stressful Competitions Can Hinder Performance. Top Dog, a new book by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman about “the science of winning and losing” is in large part a celebration of competition.

Stressful Competitions Can Hinder Performance

The authors of the bestselling NurtureShock explore the benefits of what they call “competitive fire” — stories of Olympic swimmers, champion chess players, and upstart political candidates who reached the top by racing someone else. But just as interesting are the cases in which we do better without the element of competition. Sometimes, it turns out, competing against others can actually make our performance worse. Bronson and Merryman describe an experiment in which researchers gave 124 Princeton University underclassmen a test that drew its questions from the GRE, the graduate school admissions test. Secrets of the Most Successful College Students. College-admission letters go out this month, and most recipients (and their parents) will place great importance on which universities said yes and which said no.

Secrets of the Most Successful College Students

How to Raise a Group's IQ. What makes a group intelligent?

How to Raise a Group's IQ

That is: What enables a team of people to effectively solve problems and produce solutions? You might think a group’s IQ would be simply the average intelligence of the group’s members, or perhaps the intelligence of the team’s smartest participant. But researchers who study groups have found that this isn’t so. Annie Murphy Paul: Can Mindfulness Technique Help Us Focus? If there’s any time when we should be paying close attention to what we’re doing, it’s when we’re under pressure to perform — whether taking a test like the SAT or on a deadline at work.

Annie Murphy Paul: Can Mindfulness Technique Help Us Focus?

But too often, our minds wander even in these crucial moments — distracted by a ticking clock or consumed with worries about how well we’re doing or how much time we have left. Jonathan Schooler, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, wondered if instruction in mindfulness — the capacity to focus on the here and now — could help. In a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, he and his co-authors describe an experiment in which 48 undergraduates were randomly assigned to either a mindfulness class or a nutrition class. Both classes met for 45 minutes, four times a week, for two weeks. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love.

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. The Trouble With Bright Girls. Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!" (**) - Alfie Kohn.

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Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!" (**) - Alfie Kohn

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement. By Maria Popova.

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement

More evidence corroborating Professor Krashen and exposing the contrived skills and STEM crises. "...the impending shortage of scientists and engineers is one of the longest running hoaxes in the country" — Gerald W.

More evidence corroborating Professor Krashen and exposing the contrived skills and STEM crises

Bracey. Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation. I will be presenting an ISTE Ignite Session on Monday, June 24 at 8:30 am on “Students as Curators.” Hope you can make it! -Nancy. Susan Ohanian's Testing Outrages. The Chicago Public Schools Turnaround Model by Susan Ohanian Chicago Public School CEO Arne Duncan introduced the School Turnaround Model in 2006. You may remember that Duncan literally gutted the William T. Sherman Elementary School of staff: principals, teachers, even custodians were replaced. A year after the turnaround, the Chicago parent advocacy group Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) researched Sherman's data and found, "during its first turnaround year, Sherman had a 20 percent drop in enrollment, a 10 percent drop in the number of low-income children, a 17 percent increase in the mobility rate, a lower parent involvement rate and lower science test scores. " That didn't stop Duncan from touting Sherman and the turnaround model as central to his education reform plan once he was named U.

Please note: The above text is copyrighted by the Chicago Public Schools-- Office of School Improvement. GlobalEd Collaborative News. The Powers Tweet Daily. 8 Wastes of Time That Can Actually Make You Smart. Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism. Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes. The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood. I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score determined by standardized tests, but whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists.

Dr. Can Schools Create a Culture of Learning By Doing? - Education. What if we had a culture of "do" instead of a culture of "know" in our schools? That was the question posed by sixth-grade language arts teacher Bill Ferriter and three other educators at last weekend’s EduCon, an education innovation conference held in Philadelphia. Ferriter writes on his blog, The Tempered Radical, that the group came up with the question during a session designed to push educators to dream big and develop ambitious solutions for the problems facing schools.

Although knowing academic content is foundational, he writes, students often complain about feeling disconnected from what they’re learning because they’re never given the chance to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways. Models like service learning are proven to boost student engagement and reduce the dropout rate, yet the test-heavy school culture has created an environment where teachers simply cover the curriculum and students regurgitate facts onto a test.

Photo via (cc) Flickr user Mark Gstohl. Make online flashcards & notes. Study anywhere, anytime. New Teacher Academy: Delivery of Instruction. Welcome to week three of Edutopia's New Teacher Academy blog series! I'm excited to be here with you sharing my passion to support and mentor new teachers. I hope that you will stay with us as we continue to look at five key topics designed to provide resources for new teachers in five key areas. To collaborate in more detail on these and other topics, I invite you to join my weekly New Teacher chat on Twitter, and also to visit my blog Teaching with Soul. Please view this video as I share a few words on our focus for this week. Your Learning Style Profile. The table below represents some of the ways our learning skills, styles, and preferences may be categorized. This information is limited and will only provide a starting point for understanding how you learn best.

Why We Need a 4th R: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms. When Frederick J.