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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

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

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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Shower some love on the sentence
Opinion 09.12.2022 Reading time: 12 min

Shower some love on the sentence

When students can’t understand what they’re reading, it may be because they’re unfamiliar with the complex syntax of written sentences. Teaching them how to write complex sentences about what they’re learning can help.

When Revising, Read Out Loud
Latest Science 10.11.2022

When Revising, Read Out Loud

Very frequently, I give writers (my students) the advice that they should read their work out loud while revising. I give this advice because it helps me to catch errors in writing, but I did not have evidence to back up my advice… until now.


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How to learn better all the topics at any age?
Latest Science 27.10.2022 Reading time: 4 min

How to learn better all the topics at any age?

Retrieval practice and study spacing are two very effective learning strategies. A review of several scientific articles indicates that the benefits of these methods do not depend on the level of education or discipline. Combining these two practices might event create a super strategy with guaranteed results.


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Interleaved study increases problem-solving abilities
Latest Science 29.09.2022 Reading time: 4 min

Interleaved study increases problem-solving abilities

Presenting students with different types of interleaved (interspersed) problems instead of grouping them by topic benefits their memorization of concepts and their ability to solve more difficult problems on future tests. A recent study demonstrates these results in a classroom context, with college students in a physics class.


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When language prevents kids from succeeding at math
Opinion 22.09.2022 Reading time: 6 min

When language prevents kids from succeeding at math

Students who don’t read well or lack crucial vocabulary often face unnecessary obstacles — not just in reading but also in math. Why is that?


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Differentiate differently?
Latest Science 20.07.2022 Reading time: 8 min

Differentiate differently?

Differentiation is a pedagogical approach that considers student heterogeneity in the classroom. Most of the literature on differentiated teaching proposes a constructivist or socio-constructivist perspective. This pedagogical vision is not based on evidence. There is a different, more research-based approach to differentiation, namely the Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

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