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SmartBrief ICYMI: Most read by educators

SmartBrief ICYMI: Most read by educators | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Are AP courses worth it?
Participation in Advanced Placement courses has doubled over the past decade, but there has been little research on their academic benefits. Russell Warne, an assistant professor of psychology at Utah Valley University, notes that when it comes to colleges accepting AP credit -- one of the key reasons students take AP courses -- there is no coherent data on the subject.
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Educator considers positive side of disruption
Teacher expectations about student behaviors that lead to school success may not leave room for valuing the unique qualities of a "rebel" student, asserts English teacher Ashley Lamb-Sinclair. In this commentary, she reflects on such students' positive qualities.
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The Atlantic online
 
How some schools teach social-emotional skills
Research correlating social-emotional learning with positive student outcomes has contributed to more schools testing such strategies. In one California elementary school, writing workshops have been designed to help develop listening and feedback skills.
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Education Week (tiered subscription model)
 
7 ideas to help students find purpose
A sense of purpose can be a long-term motivator, but it may be something missing for many students, asserts author and researcher William Damon. Damon and others offer practical ideas to help students find purpose.
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Brain-boosters help ready students for testing
Students at an Ohio middle school are participating in brain-booster exercises each morning before standardized testing. Educator Melissa Colarik said research supports use of such activities to improve focus and cognitive processing.
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The News-Herald (Lake County-Willoughby, Ohio)
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Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn

Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
One meta-analysis of six studies found that a child’s executive functioning skills in kindergarten predicted reading and math achievement into middle school and beyond. This research is particularly important because students who have poor executive functioning skills because of trauma, poverty, or diagnosed disorders are missing out on learning. Often these children haven’t had a chance to develop executive functioning skills required for school before arriving there.
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10 Good Habits for Students: How Top Students Learn | ExamTime

10 Good Habits for Students: How Top Students Learn | ExamTime | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
These good habits for students are based on how the learning strategies top students use to reach their goals. Here's how you can take the lead!
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Adopt these study tips by top students.

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Brain-Compatible Study Strategies

Brain-Compatible Study Strategies | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"These study skills may be implemented for any subject and should begin in the upper elementary years before students encounter the more challenging middle and high school curriculums. These strategies will prepare students for the expectation that they will be able to manage time, organize materials and thoughts, and prioritize and plan for the skills they will need to master throughout academic standards and across subject areas."

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Cognitive Psychology and Education: Your Questions Answered on The Learning Scientists Blog

Cognitive Psychology and Education: Your Questions Answered on The Learning Scientists Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
References:
(1) Agarwal, P. K., Finley, J. R., Rose, N. S., & Roediger, H. L. (in press). Benefits from retrieval practice are greater for students with lower working memory capacity. Memory.

(2) Knouse, L. E., Rawson, K. A., Vaughn, K. E., & Dunlosky, J. (2016). Does Testing Improve Learning for College Students With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?. Clinical Psychological Science, 4, 136-143.

(3) Sumowski, J. F., Coyne, J., Cohen, A., & DeLuca, J. (2014). Retrieval practice improves memory in survivors of severe traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95, 397-400.

(4) Pastötter, B., Weber, J., & Bäuml, K. H. T. (2013). Using testing to improve learning after severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology, 27, 280-285.

(5) Sumowski, J. F., Leavitt, V. M., Cohen, A., Paxton, J., Chiaravalloti, N. D., & DeLuca, J. (2013). Retrieval practice is a robust memory aid for memory-impaired patients with MS. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 19, 1943-1946.

(6) Dekker, S., Lee, N. C., Howard-Jones, P., & Jolles, J. (2012). Neuromyths in education: Prevalence and predictors of misconceptions among teachers. Frontiers in Psychology, 3.

(7) Rato, J. R., Abreu, A. M., & Castro-Caldas, A. (2013). Neuromyths in education: what is fact and what is fiction for Portuguese teachers? Educational Research, 55, 441-453.

(8) Newton, P. M. (2015). The Learning Styles myth is thriving in higher education. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.

(9) Kirschner, P. A. (2017). Stop propagating the learning styles myth. Computers & Education, 106, 166-171.

(10) McLellan, T. M., Caldwell, J. A., & Lieberman, H. R. (2016). A review of caffeine’s effects on cognitive, physical and occupational performance. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 71, 294-312.
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6 Powerful Learning Strategies You MUST Share with Students

6 Powerful Learning Strategies You MUST Share with Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Studying CAN be taught. Learn how retrieval practice, interleaving, elaboration, and other research-based study strategies can help your students learn better.
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Laptop Note-Taking: External Brain-Booster or Memory Drain?

Laptop Note-Taking: External Brain-Booster or Memory Drain? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students write less but remember more concepts when they take notes by hand, a new study finds.
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Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying

Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Getting enough sleep is an under-valued but crucial part of learning. Contrary to students’ belief that staying up all night to cram for an exam will lead to higher scores, truth is, the need for a good night’s rest is even more important than finishing homework or studying for a test."

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Very pertinent for the week before midterms--perhaps you'll want to share this with your students?  Also, it's Thursday, which, if you tend to make do without enough sleep all week and then try to make up for it on the weekend, means that it's day 4 of sleep deprivation.  I, for one, could have really used a snow day today...

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