Discover Discovery Learning with Guidance

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In days of old, a good bit of learning was done by rote memorization. The lesson is given. Recite and repeat over and over until you’ve got it down. Rote learning still exists. It gets used in some places and for some topics. A radically different approach is discovery learning. With discovery … [Read more...]

In Praise of (the Right Kind of) Praise


Sure, you praise your kids. They look at you with beaming little faces. Such a warm feeling, if only for a moment. Is that all there is to praise? What’s simmering in the brain behind those sparkling eyes? It may well depend on the precise nature of the praise you gave. There are at least two … [Read more...]

A Study Strategy for all Occasions: Test your Memory

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You have a test coming up. You need to know the material. First, you need to know how to study for it. One way to study is to read back over your notes, textbook, and any other material. Is that really how to study? An alternative approach would be to test your memory. That could mean literally … [Read more...]

Innate Intelligence vs. True Grit

Intelligence vs. Grit

My dad used to say, “It’s not the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog.” He had several other antiquated gems for expressing that core idea – success is often less about natural talent than it is about persistence in pursuit of one’s goals. Emily Hanford describes a study about the role of … [Read more...]

Regaining the Brain Flexibility of Your Childhood

Kids' brains have high plasticity; they absorb volumes of new material effortlessly and adapt flexibly to changing conditions. As they develop and amass patterns of information, brains tend to crystallize. The aging brain has vast stores of knowledge to draw on to solve the problems it encounters, … [Read more...]

Language of Stereotypes

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Hearing generic language to describe a category of people, such as “boys have short hair,” can lead children to endorse a range of other stereotypes about the category, a study by researchers at New York University and Princeton University has found. Their research, which appears in the Proceedings … [Read more...]