For this week’s edition of the Friday 4, I would like to share a few more brain-related links and articles that I have run across in the past week or so. The topics of cognitive science and brain research informed teaching and learning have certainly been hot of late. My Twitter feed has been loaded with links to articles and blog posts about neuroscience since the start of the summer and has not seemed to wane in recent days.
- “Brains and Schools: A Mismatch” was recently published in Education Week. The author makes the case for more education around how students learn and a pitch for more collaboration between educators and researchers.
- In the same issue of the Education Week paper, there was an article about another topic we have recently addressed at Loomis Chaffee, namely, the growth mindset. The piece “‘Growth Mindset’ Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy” even includes a test you can take to determine your mindset.
- Making Homework Smarter is a recent piece from Annie Murphy Paul (@anniemurphypaul) that looks at the topic of homework through the learning and brain lens.
The last piece is not quite a learning and the brain piece directly but does relate to the topics we have been discussing in faculty meetings of late.
- Daniel Willingham (@DTWillingham) recently wrote a review of the Amanda Ripley book The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way which I found interesting given Willingham’s cognitive psychologist perspective.
If you are at all interested in the neuroscience of learning, this has certainly been a stretch with plenty to add to your reading list! Keep passing along any items you find and enjoy!