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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:

What You Need to Know about Willpower: The Psychological Science of Self-Control is a new publication by the American Psychological Association that gives a pretty thorough review of the research. I’m adding it to My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

Can Blaming Others Make People Sick? is a report on an interesting study that finds “… bitterness may result in global feelings of anger and hostility that, when strong enough, could affect a person’s physical health.” I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others.

A study found that “requiring children to gesture while learning the new concept helped them retain the knowledge they had gained during instruction.” I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning.

Do Students Know Enough Smart Learning Strategies? is an important post at MindShift that describes a recent Australian study. It highlights the importance of helping students develop metacognitive skills, and is another reminder to me to create a “The Best…” list bringing together all my posts on metacognition.

I’ve previously posted about a study that explored the impact of wearing certain kinds of clothes can affect the person wearing them — see Can An Educator’s Clothes Affect How He/She Teaches? Recently, though, The New York Times published an article on the same study and, even more interestingly, The New York Times Learning Network posted a related lesson plan.

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