At the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, we often say that there is only one, indisputable educational truth: Every day, every student will bring their brain to every class. As schools in the United States and abroad transition to synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, this indisputable truth will remain the same. But equally important to think about is the adult learning brain and the mindset we bring to distance learning.
This page will be updated weekly with resources for teachers, school leaders, and parents as they navigate the challenges of distance learning.
New EdTech resource from The CTTL
The Science of Learning Guide to Education Technology was designed to help teachers use education technology in the most effective way possible. It does this by mapping EdTech tools onto the most promising research in how the student brain learns, works, changes, and thrives. Click here to download the Middle and High School guide, and click here to download the Elementary School edition.
In 2021, the challenge of returning to school from winter break feels magnified. So what insights from Mind, Brain, and Education Science can I use to help make this critical point of a unique school year go well?
Projects are still a good way to motivate students during challenging circumstances, but we need to take care so that learning actually takes place. How can we use what we know about the science of learning to design projects that truly work?
Motivating students with carrots and sticks—through endless, demoralizing cycles of high-stakes testing and assessment—is not getting us the deep learning and love of learning we desire. Fortunately there is a science of motivation, and we need to design it into the very fiber of our virtual courses.
The demands of distance learning will make your Learning Management System (LMS) more important than ever this year. Have you thought about how to align your tech with the best research on how students learn?
When parents provide answers or too many hints via leading questions, it does not help your child achieve the primary goal: learning how to think and learn.
Our EdTech guides were not created to drive a technology-first agenda. We do not imagine a future where EdTeach replaces classroom teachers. Rather, the guides were created to help us find the right EdTech tool for the job when an EdTech tool might be the best tool to use.
Like Indiana Jones in his search for the Holy Grail, we all have been looking for the right hardware and software for both our current and future school experiences. We’ll show you how to do it in this blog, and also in our newest professional development resource for teachers.
How will you summatively assess your students’ ability to meet the learning objectives you have set for the year? Whether you are planning some kind of final exam or some kind of project, we have some research-informed strategies to help your students.
I’ve been reminding myself that we just built our planes while flying them, and getting the whole fleet airborne is an incredible achievement; on some days, that alone is good enough. And the rest of the time, I’m wondering how I might steer my seventh-grade Life Science plane somewhere even more interesting, now that we’re up here.
In part two of the blog series, Dr. Kelleher translates three more of Carl Hendrick’s six elements of effective classroom teaching and explains how they can be implemented in a virtual learning environment.
Watch: Folio Town Hall with Glenn on Using Educational Neuroscience to Support Remote Leadership and Learning
Watch this Folio Town Hall with Glenn to learn how teachers can use educational neuroscience research on mindsets and metacognition to support remote leadership and learning.