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Keep up-to-date on the latest research in education, on topics ranging from classroom management and teaching practices to social and emotional well-being.

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  • How Productive Struggle Fires Up Learners

    When students grapple with challenging problems, their confusion and frustration can actually lead to more durable learning.
  • How to Design Better Tests, Based on the Research

    A review of a dozen recent studies reveals that to design good tests, teachers need to consider bias, rigor, and mindset.
    Youki Terada
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    Defending a Teacher’s Right to Disconnect

    Remember personal time? For many educators, technology has driven it toward extinction—and it’s time to get serious about reclaiming it.
    19.4k
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    How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
    9.9k
  • The Importance of Recess

    Recess is often sacrificed to make room for more academics. The research says that’s a big mistake.
    203.7k
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    The Necessity of Finding More Ways to Praise

    Encouraging students is not enough, says a new study—you actually have to raise your ratio of praise to reprimands dramatically, and that might mean keeping track.
  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
    64k
  • A professional Black woman looks out the window with a reflective expression

    Why Black Teachers Walk Away

    Teachers of color are leaving the profession at staggering rates. A new study highlights some of the reasons why.
    13.6k
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    How Learning Happens

    In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
    24.6k
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    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
    20.4k
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    Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

    Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
    14.4k
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    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.
    22.2k
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    The Spatially Gifted—Our Future Architects and Engineers—Are Being Overlooked

    Though they have the potential to excel in many fields, we’re neglecting a large body of students with a unique set of skills.
    14k
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    8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens

    Middle and high school students suddenly face more complex schedules, tougher academic work, and an expanding network of friends. How can we help them manage it all?
    9.4k
  • Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
    56k

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