I write many posts about recent research studies and how they can relate practically to the classroom. In fact, I post a regular feature called Research Studies of the Week. In addition, I write individual posts about studies I feel are particularly relevant to my work as a teacher. You’ll find many of those posts in previous mid-year “The Best…” lists I’ve already published over the past month.

However, there are some research studies that I think are especially relevant to education, but when I wrote about them I didn’t discuss how I applied it to the classroom immediately. If I did use what I learned from the study quickly after I read about it, I wrote about it and you’ll find those posts in either my “The Best…” lists on posts where I reflected on my teaching or posts that are most practical for teachers. This list, which, like many others I’ve published this month, is just a mid-year round-up which I won’t finalize until December, includes posts about studies where I only spoke about how I would apply them in the future, or where I criticized them.

I hope that makes sense and, if it doesn’t, sorry. Either way, I think you’ll find the posts interesting.

Here are my choices for My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011 — So Far:

Everything In Moderation, Including Self-Control

Maybe This Is Why Attacking Teachers Is So Popular…And Why It’s So Important To Speak Positively About Our Students

Boy, There Are So Many Problems With This Times’ Article, Or The Study It’s About, Or Both…

“Brief Diversions Vastly Improve Focus, Researchers Find”

“Making Kids Work on Goals (And Not Just In Soccer)”

A “Must-Read” Article On Increasing Intelligence

Houseplants “boosts one’s ability to maintain attention” — Glad I Have Them In My Classroom!

New Marzano Study On “Effort & Recognition”

Study: Reading Books Is Only Out-Of-School Activity That Helps Students Get Better Job Later

Students & Visualization

Very Useful Articles On Motivation

Um, I Think These Studies Are Missing Something….

“A curious connection between altitude and goodness”

Really Interesting Perspective On Study Claiming Third Grade is Pivotal for Readers

New Study Says Homework Has No Impact…Except In Math

Surprise, Surprise! Study Says Cooperative Learning Is More Effective Than Lectures

Wow, This Is A “Must-Read” Article On The Brain & Learning!

What Does Learning From Mistakes Do To Your Brain?

Fascinating Interview On Happiness

Learning Inductively Works…

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