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How Students Make Progress in Learning

How Students Make Progress in Learning

| June 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

When we think and talk about learning, the metaphors we use matter. The language we employ when we describe how learning works can illuminate the process, allowing us to make accurate judgments and predictions—or it can lead us astray, setting up false expectations and giving us a misleading impression of what’s going on.

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How Guessing Games Help Kids Solve Math Problems

How Guessing Games Help Kids Solve Math Problems

| February 4, 2014 | 6 Comments

A new study suggests that by playing games that involve quickly guessing how many items are in a group of objects, children can help themselves become better at traditional math problems.

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Can You Learn While You Sleep?

Can You Learn While You Sleep?

| December 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

What’s more, researchers are coming to recognize that dreaming is an essential part of understanding, organizing and retaining what we learn—and that dreams may even hold out the possibility of directing our learning as we doze.

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How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?

How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?

| November 25, 2013 | 5 Comments

Research in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater depth. If we want more young people to choose a profession in one of the group of crucial fields known as STEM, we ought to start cultivating these interests and skills early.

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How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

| November 4, 2013 | 23 Comments

Research shows that interests powerfully influence our academic and professional choices. When we’re interested in a task, we work harder and persist longer, bringing more of our self-regulatory skills into play.

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Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

| October 29, 2013 | 14 Comments

Listening and observing can be passive activities—in one ear and out the other, as our mothers used to say. Or they can be rich, active, intense experiences that lead to serious learning. The difference lies in our intention: the purpose and awareness with which we approach the occasion. Here’s how to make sure your intentions are good.

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Why Kids Take On Adults’ Math Anxiety

Why Kids Take On Adults’ Math Anxiety

| October 21, 2013 | 32 Comments

What happens when parents and teachers—figures of towering importance in the world of children—pass on negative views about particular academic subjects?

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How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

| October 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

A growing body of evidence suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there. Historian and educator Ken Bain has written a book on this subject, What The Best College Students Do, that draws a roadmap for how students can get the most out of college, no matter where they go.

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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

| October 7, 2013 | 47 Comments

What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know.

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Good Talk: Raising Smart Learners Through Rich Conversations

Good Talk: Raising Smart Learners Through Rich Conversations

| September 30, 2013 | 9 Comments

Many studies show that engaging in reciprocal back-and-forth conversations gives children a chance to try out language for themselves, and also gives them the sense that their thoughts and opinions matter.

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