It’s a common recognition on college campuses that one course might be an “easy A” while another strikes fear into the heart of even the most capable student. But what exactly makes some classes easy and others hard? Teaching technique
Remember nap time in kindergarten? I hated it. I didn’t see the point of lying down and doing nothing. Nap time in high school on the other hand? I would have been down for that. As it turns out, a
Telling kids they’re smart could lead them to do worse in school. That’s the eye-catching finding from work done back in 1998 by a pair of psychology researchers from Columbia University. In a series of six studies, the researchers showed
One of the most important things people learn in college may be … how to learn. It’s hard to learn anything, obviously, if you don’t know how to learn. OK, I’m simplifying things a bit. Everyone knows how to learn
It’s hard to overstate how much difference the right teacher can make in students’ confidence and engagement. Many people know this to be true from anecdotal experience, and now there’s a study out to back this idea up with some
I’ve written before on here about how giving students more autonomy is one of the biggest favors teachers can do both for their students and themselves. When teachers structure their classes in a way that supports students’ autonomy, students end
Those first teetering steps are one of the most exciting milestones of early life. Learning to walk for the first time is no easy feat (or should I say “feet”?). But it turns out that as babies figure out how
Customer satisfaction is important, and if you work in higher education, you know that schools are no exception. At colleges, student evaluations of teachers often factor into hirings, firings, promotions – and, of course, tenure, the holy grail for professors.
Chess is a game that involves critical thinking, focus, spatial reasoning, and a whole range of complex cognitive skills. It’s also a game that’s just plain fun. Put those two things together, and you might have the perfect teaching tool.
There’s a lot of appeal to the idea that we can do scientific studies into how people learn, then use the information from those studies to develop better teaching methods. In practice, of course, things are complicated: different studies say