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Youki Terada

Research and Standards Editor

I track research trends to ensure that Edutopia's articles, blogs, and videos are all backed by research while remaining engaging and relevant. I develop research-based content for social media, including the "Did You Know?" and "Jar of Jargon" series. I'm also part of the social media team, where I answer questions on Twitter, Facebook, and on our site.

Before Edutopia I was at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, where I studied the connections between informal and formal science learning for elementary school students. I was also a researcher for STEM digital libraries and other educational technology programs at UC Berkeley. I have a Master's in Education with a focus on language, literacy, and culture, and my undergraduate degree is in Sociology.

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  • The Research Is In

    On Standardized Tests, Students Face an ‘Online Penalty’

    Switching from paper to online standardized tests caused significant drops in students’ scores—and vulnerable students were hurt the worst.
  • The Research Is In

    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
  • The Research Is In

    Preschoolers Prefer Books Rich in Whys

    Want to increase a young child’s motivation to read? Tap into their natural curiosity, a new study finds.
  • The Research Is In

    Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations

    What you put on your classroom walls can affect your students’ ability to learn.
  • The Research Is In

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
  • Technology Integration

    A Powerful Model for Understanding Good Tech Integration

    Good technology integration isn’t about using the fanciest tool, it’s about being aware of the range of options and picking the right strategy—or strategies—for the lesson at hand.
  • The Research Is In

    Welcoming Students With a Smile

    Greeting each student at the door with a positive message brings benefits for both students and teacher.
  • The Research Is In

    Simple Metacognitive Strategies to Help Anxious Learners Succeed

    Anxiety and learning go hand in hand, but research suggests that simple activities focused on self-talk and metacognitive reflection can create calmer, more focused learners.
  • The Research Is In

    The Science of Drawing and Memory

    Want students to remember something? Ask them to draw it.
  • The Research Is In

    The Key to Effective Classroom Management

    A three-phase process helps build strong teacher-student bonds, which can reduce disruptive behavior.
  • The Research Is In

    Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

    Our brains are wired to forget, but there are research-backed strategies you can use to make your teaching stick.
  • The Research Is In

    3 Reasons Students Procrastinate—and How to Help Them Stop

    Psychologists have uncovered reasons why students put off important work. But there are a few simple things teachers can do to keep students on track.
  • Multiple Intelligences

    Multiple Intelligences Theory: Widely Used, Yet Misunderstood

    One of the most popular ideas in education is applied in ways that its creator never intended.
  • The Research Is In

    2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
  • Classroom Management

    17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

    Teacher-tested ideas to help students quietly fidget.