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I often write about research studies from various fields 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:

Your Brain Cells Shrink While You Sleep (And That’s a Good Thing) is a report from TIME about a new study that’s been receiving a fair amount of media attention. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.

The Motivational Power of Media is an article from The Pacific Standard about research finding that showing people motivational video clips can…motivate their feelings of wanting to achieve their goals. It may be worth a quick read, but I’m not adding it to The Best Posts On Students Setting Goals. I know all too well from my community organizing experience that the energy from an inspiring speaker (or video clip) may result in an immediate “high,” but that it dissipates pretty quickly afterwards.

BPS Research Digest has published a Guide to Willpower Research. I’ve written about most of the studies cited in it (so I won’t add it to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control) , but it’s still a nice collection.

10 Things You Should Know About Goals is a similar collection of research — this one on…goals — and it’s from Forbes. Like the Willpower collection, though, I’ve already posted about most of the research cited here so won’t add it to my “Best” list on goals. But it’s still probably worth taking a look…

When Homework is a Waste of Time is from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Thanks for this post, Larry! I especially enjoy the research on brain cells.

    I write for EdLab at and we’re also looking at new research and trends in education. I just wrote a research review on the effectiveness of digital learning tools:

    Feel free to take a look and share this resource! Our publication is free, but we do require registration since we’re part of an academic institution (Teachers College, Columbia University).


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