Category Archives: Neuroscience

How does neuroscience give us insights into learning?

Learning That Matters

Today I learned from a high school girl on the other side of the planet, how to make a steam powered electrical generator out of a pressure cooker, part of a hair dryer, some plastic tubing and a few wires, … Continue reading

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Questioning Everything

Here we are at the end of the fall trimester of 2014 at Proctor Academy, a small school in rural New Hampshire, my home for nearly half my life,  and I feel more confused, less sure of my role as … Continue reading

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Kids Crave Feedback

Last week’s cathartic rant on the traditional bell curve approach to testing has left me free to reflect on the tool of feedback which we give to our students, and how crucial it is to them as they learn. This … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Tests?

A Lot of things. The longer I am an educator, the more I dislike tests. I’m not talking about standardized tests like SAT’s and so forth, which of course have their own problems. I’m talking about my own tests that … Continue reading

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This Week In Chemistry Class

Two weeks ago my wonderful honors chemistry students asked to do a more project based assessment for the upcoming chapter instead of a traditional test.  So now I can come back to this blog and report on their amazing work! … Continue reading

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The Confluence of Neuroscience, Learning Theory and Student Motivation

All animals learn the same way, and that is by trying something and noticing the result. If the result is good, that animal is more likely to perform that behavior again. If it is bad, the animal is less likely … Continue reading

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Why Do Kids Say “I am no good at Science” ?

I believe all young children are natural scientists. What is science after all but simply exploring how the world works? It is our very nature to experiment, see the results, and draw conclusions. My brother at the age of two … Continue reading

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