Learning Outcomes

Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning

When Orville Wright, of the Wright brothers fame, was told by a friend that he and his brother would always be an example of how far someone can go in life with no special advantages, he emphatically responded, “to say we had no special advantages … the greatest thing...

How Making Mistakes Primes Kids To Learn Better

Once a month, this column will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools. Most of us can remember a moment like this from our school years: the teacher poses a question – maybe it’s math, maybe...

US: The Collateral Damage of Testing Pressure

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade are often free of the high-stakes testing common in later grades—but those years are still high-stakes for students’ learning and development. That means it’s a big problem when schools encourage their least effective...

Growth mindset does not predict academic achievement, study finds

Academics believe that a fixed mindset may in fact be more conducive to educational success There is no evidence to support the theory that growth mindsets predict academic achievement, a new study has claimed. If anything, the research states, a fixed-intelligence...

Critical thinking: how to help your students become better learners

Encouraging students to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes – also known as metacognition – has been identified by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Toolkit as one of the most cost-effective ways to improve learning. It’s also...

Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools

IN 1953 B.F. Skinner visited his daughter’s maths class. The Harvard psychologist found every pupil learning the same topic in the same way at the same speed. A few days later he built his first “teaching machine”, which let children tackle questions at their own...

Motivating Students to Read

Students travel at different speeds on the road to reading success. Earlier in my (Donna’s) career as a teacher and school psychologist, I noticed that even on the first day of kindergarten the gap between the highest and lowest performers on measures of reading...

How Goofing Off Helps Kids Learn

Savoring and gratitude are both forms of directed attention. But in contrast to that type of on-task focus, free-form attention is what the brain defaults to when it’s off-task, allowed to move in any direction it wants. It happens when the brain is in what scientists...

How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond)

Literacy involves meaning-making with materials that humans use to communicate – be they visual, written, spoken, sung, and/or drawn. Definitions vary according to culture, personal values and theories. We look to a broad definition of literacy as guided by UNESCO to...

Is Social-Emotional Learning Another ‘Self-Esteem Hoax’?

Today's guest blog is written by Debbie Silver, a learning consultant with over 30 years of experience as a teacher, staff development facilitator, and university professor. In Education Week, June, 2017 Chester E. Finn, Jr. writes that social-emotional learning...

Australia: BULLIED SCHOOL KIDS LEFT BEHIND IN LEARNING

Primary school children who suffer frequent bullying are at greater risk of being left well behind in their learning. And this learning disadvantage weighs more heavily on girls, even though boys are more likely to experience bullying. In what is the first...

Brain stimulation may help children with learning difficulties

Applying a brain stimulation method, which was previously suggested to enhance mathematical learning in healthy adults, may improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties, according to an exploratory study by researchers from the...

Parents Are Key To Getting More Girls In IT

Whether you sit in the nature or nurture camp - or safely on the fence - there is no doubting the vast influence parents have on their children, from their habits and behaviours to their career choices and personal development through life. With this in mind, parents...

Smart Strategies for Student Success

Even students who’ve had years of active involvement in learning activities don’t automatically use strategies that best foster learning. However, working smarter through the use of specific success strategies can have a profound influence on learning outcomes. In...

Poverty impacts children’s learning abilities, speaker explains

What is the impact of poverty on a child? That was one of the questions posed by guest speaker Heather Higgins, of the Upside Down Organization, who spoke Friday at a workshop, entitled, “Beyond Poverty: Brain-Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty,” at...

Studying more may not make you a top-performer

It’s 3pm in Finland. A bell rings, marking the end of classes in a middle school and time for students to go home. In a different part of the world, at the exact same time, other students are also just finishing  up classes. Except for these students, it’s not the...

9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Motivating students to be enthusiastically receptive is one of the most important aspects of mathematics instruction and a critical aspect of any curriculum. Effective teachers focus attention on the less interested students as well as the motivated ones. Here are...

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading. Does project-based learning (PBL) raise student achievement? If you’ve been involved in PBL...

Music project will help disadvantaged children in Scotland

  A pioneering social change programme is helping to transform the lives of children in an Aberdeen community through music, according to research into Big Noise Torry published today (Monday 19th June 2017). The research reveals that Big Noise Torry has enhanced...

Teaching Until the Very End

David Rawson is a high school languages teacher in Australia with a particular interest in improving assessment and creating school cultures that value teachers as researchers. For the past year, he has been a Frank Knox Fellow  and a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard,...

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