Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien profile

Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien

Authors of The Straight-A Conspiracy

Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien were classmates at Harvard College. Since graduating, they have worked with thousands of students as tutors, teachers, and public speakers on a mission to put students everywhere back in control of their educations. For more information, visit thestraightaconspiracy.com.

Posts

  • Education Trends

    Challenges in Education: A Student's-Eye View

    In response to recent findings that students' academic results are impaired by stress and self-doubt, here are three ways to help them reframe how learning works.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

    Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.
  • Student Engagement

    To Teach Facts, Start With Feelings

    Students are more likely to engage in learning if you present the material in the context of a story conveying emotions that they can understand.
  • Assessment

    To Improve Test Scores: Hit Reset

    Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien explain how there are no bad test takers, but stress responses are real. Students can learn how to reset the visceral distraction of feelings that inhibit their test performance.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

    Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien, teachers and authors, discuss the value of making mistakes and helping students adopt the mindset to view their mistakes as healthy challenges rather than crushing defeats.