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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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  • The Psychological Toll of High-Stakes Testing

    High-stakes tests often create enormous anxiety and return muddy data. Turning down the pressure may alleviate the problem.
    Youki Terada
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  • The Importance of Recess

    Recess is often sacrificed to make room for more academics. The research says that’s a big mistake.
    205k
  • For Young Kids, The Power of Play-Based Learning

    New research shows play-based learning can be more effective than direct instruction at improving outcomes for early learners—particularly in the development of mathematical and spatial skills.
    10.3k
  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
    64.9k
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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.
    22.8k
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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.
    19.5k
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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.
    31.6k
  • A student studying on her bed with a laptop, textbooks, and notebooks

    5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques

    Teachers can guide students to avoid ineffective studying habits in favor of ones that will increase their learning outcomes.
    51.2k
  • 6 Research-Backed Reasons to Record Important Lessons

    Replacing or supplementing your lessons with instructional videos has a large impact on student learning, the research shows.
    613
  • Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
    56.2k
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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.
    23.3k
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    Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising

    An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance.
    48.1k
  • Rethinking How We Teach Reading in Elementary School

    To become better readers, Natalie Wexler says, students should grapple with abundant, high-caliber texts in the elementary grades—not just skills and strategies.
    3.4k
  • If You’re Not Failing, You’re Not Learning

    The learning scientist Manu Kapur, architect of the theory of productive failure, on reframing our notion of failure, and letting kids stumble (but with purpose).
    2k
  • We Drastically Underestimate the Importance of Brain Breaks

    When it comes to optimizing learning, we don’t value breaks enough, neuroscientists suggest in a new study.
    5.6k

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