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Education, Learning and Teaching

Here you have Sharp­Brains’ 5 most pop­u­lar arti­cles on edu­ca­tion, learn­ing and teach­ing, since 2006. Remem­ber that you can sub­scribe to our free month­ly Newslet­ter to receive new arti­cles on the top­ic.

1.
10 Brain Tips To Teach and Learn
— By
Lau­rie Bar­tels
If you agree that our brains are designed for learn­ing, then as edu­ca­tors it is incum­bent upon us to be look­ing for ways to max­i­mize the learn­ing process for each of our stu­dents, as well as for our­selves. Some of what fol­lows is sim­ply com­mon sense, but I’ve learned that all of it has a sci­en­tif­ic basis in our brains.[…]
2.
Learn­ing about Learn­ing: an Inter­view with Joshua Wait­zkin
- By Scott Bar­ry Kauff­man
In 1993, Para­mount Pic­tures released Search­ing for Bob­by Fis­ch­er, which depicts Joshua Waitzkin’s ear­ly chess suc­cess as he embarks on a jour­ney to win his first Nation­al chess cham­pi­onship. This movie had the effect of weak­en­ing his love for the game as well as the learn­ing process. His pas­sion for learn­ing was reju­ve­nat­ed, how­ev­er, after years of med­i­ta­tion, and read­ing phi­los­o­phy and psy­chol­o­gy. With this rekin­dling of the learn­ing process, Wait­zkin took up the mar­tial art:[…]
3.
Arts and Smarts: Test Scores and Cog­ni­tive Devel­op­ment
- By Karin Evans (Greater Good Mag­a­zine)
At a time when edu­ca­tors are pre­oc­cu­pied with stan­dards, test­ing, and the bot­tom line, some researchers sug­gest the arts can boost stu­dents’ test scores; oth­ers aren’t con­vinced. Karin Evans asks, What are the arts good for?[…]
4.
10% Stu­dents may have work­ing mem­o­ry prob­lems: Why does it mat­ter?
- By Dr. Tra­cy Alloway
In screen­ing over 3000 school-aged stu­dents in main­stream schools, 1 in 10 was iden­ti­fied as hav­ing work­ing mem­o­ry dif­fi­cul­ties. There were sev­er­al key find­ings regard­ing their cog­ni­tive skills. The first is that the major­i­ty of them per­formed below age-expect­ed lev­els in read­ing and math­e­mat­ics. This sug­gests that […]
5.
Mind­ful­ness and Med­i­ta­tion in Schools
- By Jill Sut­tie (Greater Good Mag­a­zine)
With eyes closed and deep breaths, stu­dents are learn­ing a new method to reduce anx­i­ety, con­flict, and atten­tion dis­or­ders. But don’t call it med­i­ta­tion. […]