(Usually, I only post this feature once each week. I’m so backlogged, though, I’m adding a special edition)
I often write about research studies from various field and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature:
Easy to Visualize Goal Is Powerful Motivator to Finish a Race or a Task is a report on a study that found it’s effective for people to actually see that they are making progress towards making their goal. I think that reinforces the importance of having students regularly reflect on how they are doing, and to, as the researchers suggest, even consider writing or drawing some kind of graph showing their progress. I’m not talking about some big public achievement chart and gold stars here — just one that students keep for themselves. I’m adding this info to My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals.
A new study reinforces the value of saying new vocabulary words out load — it enhances the ability to remember them. This is nothing new to second language teachers, but a little supportive research never hurts.
Multimodal Learning Through Media:What the Research Says is a nice introduction to neuroscience and learning.
Here is an intriguing video report on the importance of trust. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Trust & Education: