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The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it

Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?


People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire.

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New Study Shows That Your Brain's Powers Change As You Age -- Some Peaking In Your 70s

New Study Shows That Your Brain's Powers Change As You Age -- Some Peaking In Your 70s | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
We now know that certain areas of the brain never stop changing, that new neurons grow with astounding frequency, and that thought itself affects change in brain structure to an extent that few researchers, even 20 years ago, believed possible.
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Teaching science to the brain: How we learn the way things work - PsyPost

Teaching science to the brain: How we learn the way things work - PsyPost | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
When you learn a new technical concept, something happens in your brain, but exactly what has been a mystery until now.
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Metacognitive Instruction: How to Foster Smarter, More Independent Learners

Metacognitive Instruction: How to Foster Smarter, More Independent Learners | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
There are ways in which we can help cultivate better learners and practicers, and accelerate the development of our students by artfully tweaking our approach in lessons.
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What's Science Got to Do With Teaching and Learning?

What's Science Got to Do With Teaching and Learning? | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
For decades, cognitive scientists slowly accrued a solid understanding of how people learn but never bothered to tell teachers and students what they had found.
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Research: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom -- Campus Technology

Research: Using Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom -- Campus Technology | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
An active learning approach produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University (BYU).
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Study Challenges Theory on Unconscious Memory System in the Brain

Study Challenges Theory on Unconscious Memory System in the Brain | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
A new study by a UT Dallas researcher challenges a long-accepted scientific theory about the role the hippocampus plays in our unconscious memory.

For decades, scientists have theorized that this part of the brain is not involved in processing unconscious memory, the type that allows us to do things like button a shirt without having to think about it.

But research by Dr. Richard Addante, a senior lecturer in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, raises doubts about that theory.
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Why Students Should Be Taking Notes

Why Students Should Be Taking Notes | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
There is also accumulating evidence (the article below references seven studies) that giving students teacher-prepared notes or PowerPoint slides does not improve their performance. Students need to take notes in ways that are meaningful to them. It also helps when notes are restructured. The material presented in class is usually ordered in a linear fashion.
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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know
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5 common beliefs about the human brain that are actually totally false

5 common beliefs about the human brain that are actually totally false | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Are you a "left brain" person or a "right brain" person? Truth is, it doesn't really matter!
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Why the Speech Center of Your Brain Shuts Down When You Talk

Why the Speech Center of Your Brain Shuts Down When You Talk | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
On the left side of your brain there's a special region called Broca's Area, also known as the speech center of the brain. Now a group of neuroscientists have discovered something strange about it. Even though this brain region supposedly controls speech, it shuts down when you are speaking.
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Math and the brain: Memorization is overrated, says education expert

Math and the brain: Memorization is overrated, says education expert | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Remember being drilled multiplication tables? Or taking a timed math exam? These have been common activities in school, but Stanford experts say they’re not really helpful to kids learning math facts. In fact, they deter students who might otherwise be excellent mathematicians.
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How to Triple What You Can Remember, Psychology Study Demonstrates — PsyBlog

How to Triple What You Can Remember, Psychology Study Demonstrates — PsyBlog | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
People can forget things they were paying attention to just one second later, unless…

Memory has to be ‘turned on’ in order to remember even the simplest details, a new study finds.
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The Truth About Brain Training Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Truth About Brain Training Infographic presents some scientific evidence regarding brain training.
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6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.
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10 Great TED Talks on How Our Brain Works

10 Great TED Talks on How Our Brain Works | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
These TED talks will provide you with a window of insight into the secrets of the human brain, how it works, and how it ‘defines and connects us to the world and to one another.’
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Innovation Excellence | 15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

Innovation Excellence | 15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn.
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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
“Work that matters” has significance beyond classroom walls; it’s work that is created for an authentic audience who might  enjoy it or benefit from it even in a small way. It’s work that isn’t simply passed to the teacher for a grade, or shared with peers for review. It’s work that potentially makes a difference in the world.
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Innovation Excellence | 15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

Innovation Excellence | 15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn. Below we list fifteen steps toward a better brain:
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Don't Waste Your Money on "Brain Training" Schemes

Don't Waste Your Money on "Brain Training" Schemes | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
There are all kinds of "brain-training" programs out there that promise to help you stay smart even as you age. The problem is that there's little evidence that they work — but a lot of evidence that they are a waste of money.
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Neuroplasticity Studies Reveal Your Brain's Amazing Malleability

As time goes by, science provides more and more evidence that your brain is malleable and continually changing in response to your lifestyle, physiology, and environment.

This concept is called neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity—meaning, you are literally reforming your brain with each passing day. It used to be thought that your brain was static, except during some critical developmental periods, but today, we know this isn’t true.
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15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning - InformED

15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning - InformED | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn.
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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

One way to promote engagement and learning is to consciously create pauses throughout the day. We can create a sense of spaciousness in our classroom by slowing down the pace of our speech and punctuating our lessons with silence. Introduced well, this practice can improve classroom discourse.
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Put Working Memory to Work in Learning

Put Working Memory to Work in Learning | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Strengthen your students' conscious processing of information with techniques like repetition, gamification, visualization, emphasizing relevance, and peer teaching.
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"Study Less, Study Smart": The Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time

"Study Less, Study Smart": The Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
When you're learning new material, it can be overwhelming when you think about how much time you need to truly understand it all. This studying technique can help you stay focused and take on more information with shorter study sessions.
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How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”
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