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Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 5
Latest Science 03.05.2024

Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 5

Research-validated practices have been shown to be effective for student mathematics outcomes across multiple studies. In this five-part series, we explain the practice, the research that supports the practice, and what this practice might look like in the classroom.


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Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 4
Latest Science 26.04.2024

Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 4

Research-validated practices have been shown to be effective for student mathematics outcomes across multiple studies. In this five-part series, we explain the practice, the research that supports the practice, and what this practice might look like in the classroom.


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Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 3
Latest Science 19.04.2024

Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 3

Research-validated practices have been shown to be effective for student mathematics outcomes across multiple studies. In this five-part series, we explain the practice, the research that supports the practice, and what this practice might look like in the classroom.


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Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 2
Latest Science 12.04.2024

Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 2

Research-validated practices have been shown to be effective for student mathematics outcomes across multiple studies. In this five-part series, we explain the practice, the research that supports the practice, and what this practice might look like in the classroom.


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Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 1
Latest Science 05.04.2024

Math Practices You Can Count On: Part 1

Research-validated practices have been shown to be effective for student mathematics outcomes across multiple studies. In this five-part series, we explain the practice, the research that supports the practice, and what this practice might look like in the classroom.


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Do two weeks of instruction time matter?
Opinion 21.03.2024 Reading time: 4 min

Do two weeks of instruction time matter?

In Madrid, public schools cut two weeks from their school year without altering the syllabus. We examined student test scores before and after this change and compared them with private schools, which didn't experience this shift.

Dramatic new evidence that building knowledge can boost comprehension and close gaps
Opinion 22.06.2023 Reading time: 6 min

Dramatic new evidence that building knowledge can boost comprehension and close gaps

Building students’ general knowledge can lead to dramatic long-term improvements in reading comprehension, a new study suggests—casting serious doubt on standard teaching approaches.


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The gift of gifted children
Opinion 24.05.2023 Reading time: 6 min

The gift of gifted children

When discussing education systems, the focus is usually on low-performing students. Often the reasons for a low performance are linked to the students’ disadvantaged socioeconomical or immigrant background: youngsters who struggle with their shortcomings, their motivation to learn and even to be at school. The other end of the spectrum is discussed less frequently.


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Educational videos: do they work?
Latest Science 10.04.2023 Reading time: 3 min

Educational videos: do they work?

Educational videos proliferate on the Internet, but they might not be good pedagogical tools. A very recent study indicates that, in mathematics, educational videos only provide superficial learning. However, combining videos with effective learning strategies, such as retrieval practice, might increase the instructional value of the videos.


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Academic success is also the result of a good night's sleep
Latest Science 17.03.2023 Reading time: 3 min

Academic success is also the result of a good night's sleep

The quality of sleep remains generally underestimated, particularly with regard to academic performance. Two recently published studies have proven that good-quality sleep can contribute to academic success.


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Does Developing a Growth Mindset Help Students Learn?
Latest Science 08.02.2023

Does Developing a Growth Mindset Help Students Learn?

Growth mindset has become a wildly popular theory in the last 15 years, due not only to a book that has sold more than 2 million copies and a TED Talk that’s been viewed more than 14 million times but also to countless professional development sessions, Pinterest boards, and blog posts. It’s no wonder that in a 2016 survey of American teachers, just 4 percent said they were “completely unfamiliar” with mindset theory. Is there any substance behind the hype?


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What if test anxiety does not predict a bad result?
Latest Science 01.02.2023 Reading time: 2 min

What if test anxiety does not predict a bad result?

Did you know that one in three students suffers from test anxiety, also known as school performance anxiety? Anxiety is often considered the cause of poor academic results for the more anxious students, but the precise relationship between the anxiety felt during an exam and student performance is still unclear. A recently published study explores the relationship between the anxiety felt in exams and during the preparation phase, and students’ results. One of its main conclusions is that the bigger the anxiety in the studying stage, the lower the tests scores and the knowledge acquired by students.


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