Answering Questions Out Loud Helps Your Learners to Remember

I recently came across an interesting study about the value of answering questions out loud. Victor Boucher of the University of Montreal tested student’s ability to memorize lists of words under four conditions. First, the students studied a list of words on a computer. He then divided the students into four groups and had each … Continue reading Answering Questions Out Loud Helps Your Learners to Remember

Active Learning Through the Ages (Literally)

Aristotle (philosopher), Thomas Edison (inventor) and Jean Piaget (cognitive psychologist) all had similar thoughts about learning. Can you see the common thread? Aristotle:  Exercise in repeatedly recalling a thing strengthens the memory. Edison:   A man will resort to almost any expedient to avoid the real labor of thinking. Piaget:  Thinking is interiorized action. Yes, they … Continue reading Active Learning Through the Ages (Literally)

Early Morning People, Night Owls and Intelligence

Are you an early morning person or a night owl? Did you know that measures of intelligence correlate with which one you are? There is a large body of research literature showing a correlation between chronotype (morningness-eveningness) and intelligence. Here’s a recent one: That’s right. Night owls consistently outperform early morning people on tests of … Continue reading Early Morning People, Night Owls and Intelligence

When It Comes to Teaching, Knowing and Doing are Not Always the Same

Sadly, it is often the case that what we know and what we do are not the same. What We Know Two well-researched facts we know that help students learn: When students actively engage with the learning material they retain more of the material (usually called, not surprisingly, active learning). To avoid overloading working memory … Continue reading When It Comes to Teaching, Knowing and Doing are Not Always the Same