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:
Adolescents Who Sleep Better Score Higher in Math and Physical Education reports on a new study. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.
Teens’ IQ May Rise or Fall Over Time is from TIME, and I’m adding it to the same “The Best…” list.
Why Schools Should Keep Teaching Handwriting, Even If Typing Is More Useful reviews some new research. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Handwriting & Learning.
Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology is from the Mind Shift blog and offers useful commentary on recent research on technology in education. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.
Preschoolers’ language skills improve more when they’re placed with more-skilled peers is the headline on a report about a study recently released. It found that low-skilled “tracked” pre-schoolers made no improvement or actually lost skills, but found that low-skilled children mixed with higher-skilled children made good gains. In those situations, the higher-skilled students continued to improve. Granted, the study only focused on pre-schoolers, but it certainly reflects my own experience and a number of other studies I’ve seen looking at older students (though, granted, some studies claim mixed ability classes help lesser-skilled students but harm the higher-skilled).