Spring has finally made it to New England and I think it is finally time to put away my snow blower and snow shovel until next winter. The chance of flooding in the meadows where my JV Baseball team plays is of course still a distinct possibility so I am not out of the winter/early spring woods just yet!
- How Much Sleep is Just Right for Cognitive Function? is a piece from the KQED Mind/Shift website that is a good one to share with students who appear a little tired as we enter the AP exam season.
- If your students were not convinced by the first piece, try this one: Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying. We owe it to our students to educate them about the cognitive value and importance of getting enough sleep.
- The Science (and Practice) of Creativity appeared on the Edutopia website recently and caught my eye as I thought about what we are trying to teach our students beyond the content of our courses and curriculum.
- The Paradox of Deeper Learning: The Unlearning Curve caught my attention mainly because I had just recently talked about the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve with a bunch of the APUSH students as they prepared for next week’s AP exam.
- Grant Wiggins (@grantwiggins) recently wrote a blog post that generated over 100 comments titled Why do so many HS history teachers lecture so much? in which he shared data from a survey of several thousand HS students. In a followup post A guest post on (too much) Lecturing in HS History Loomis Chaffee’s Mark Williams offers up his thoughts on the question posed by Grant in the initial blog post.