This won’t come as a shock to any educator, but a new study reinforced previous research that explaining things helps you learn.
Explaining to yourself can be a powerful mechanism for learning is the study’s title. It spends some space identifying a few occasions where the author claims explaining can hinder learning, but I either don’t think that we teachers find ourselves in those situations very often or I don’t believe it — I haven’t decided which yet.
The real reason I’m writing this post, though, is I figured this new study would give me a reason to highlight a previous post I wrote about the same topic that I think teachers might find particularly useful: The Importance Of Explaining “Why”
Nevertheless, here’s an excerpt from the new study: