How much do students overestimate their abilities and what can you do about it?
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5d ago
It's no secret that people often see themselves through rose-coloured glasses. They believe they can run faster, jump higher and solve problems quicker than they actually can. Recent research has confirmed that this overestimation of abilities is quite common among children. But have you ever wondered why this happens? Read on to learn more about: What the research says on students overestimating their ability How this can lead to procrastination How to help students overcome procrastination ..read more
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One simple tweak to maximise your multiple-choice quizzes
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1w ago
Multiple-choice tests offer a quick and easy way to gauge your students' grasp of a subject. Plus, they’re a great form of Retrieval Practice, which means they can also help to enhance your students' memory retention and recall abilities. We all know what a multiple-choice quiz looks like, but have you ever wondered whether you could use them in a way that would better test your students' understanding of a topic? What if one simple change could not only evaluate their knowledge but also enhance their learning process? Read on to learn more about: What the research says about multiple-choice ..read more
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Students shouldn't listen to any music before bed – Here's why
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1w ago
In the quest to enhance students’ learning experience, sleep has the potential to make a big difference. Many educators are aware of the main guidelines when it comes to students getting quality sleep: avoid screens and caffeine before bed, develop a consistent sleep routine, don’t nap too much during the day… However, one lesser-known factor of good sleep is the impact of music. While it might seem harmless or even beneficial for students to listen to music before bed, recent research actually suggests otherwise. Read on to learn about: Why sleep is important for learning What the research ..read more
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Does good classroom design lead to better learning?
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2w ago
Does the overall design of your classroom have an impact on fostering an effective learning environment? Research seems to suggest so. The design and layout of a classroom can significantly influence student engagement, motivation and collaboration, ultimately impacting academic success. So, let’s delve into this lesser-explored aspect of education, and discuss how it can impact your students and can be optimised to create an effective learning environment. Read on to learn more about: The impact of classroom design on student learning Its impact on student well-being Practical strategies to ..read more
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How to write your school's AI policy (with examples)
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2w ago
Schools are currently scrambling to get an Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy for their staff and students. The reason? AI has quickly gone from being a buzzword to a reality that's intricately woven into our daily lives and impossible to escape in educational settings. One of the first steps to make this transition successful is to implement a school-wide AI policy – but how do we draft one that gets both you and your students ready for an AI world while ensuring everyone's safety, privacy and well-being? Read on to learn more about: How to write your school AI policy How some real schools ..read more
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Implicit vs Explicit Memory: How do we actually remember things?
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3w ago
Memory is a fascinating and intricate process that allows us to retain and recall information. But did you know that not all memories are created equal? Some are easy to access, and we recall them consciously. Others happen beneath our awareness, influencing our behaviour without us even noticing it. If you’ve ever ridden a bike effortlessly after not touching one for a decade or felt the frustration of forgetting an important piece of information during an exam despite studying it extensively, you’ve experienced the intriguing duality of implicit and explicit memory. So, here’s everything yo ..read more
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Specific Retrieval Practice questions: What you need to know
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1M ago
Many different forms of Retrieval Practice exist. Knowing which one to use and when depends on what you want your students to gain from retrieval. One popular type of Retrieval Practice takes the shape of specific retrieval questions, which we’ll look at more closely in this blog. Read on to find out: What specific retrieval questions are Their pros and cons What recent research says about them ..read more
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What is the difference between correlation and causation? A teacher's guide
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1M ago
Correlation and causation: two concepts that can be easy to misinterpret whilst engaging with Cognitive Science research. However, these terms are not just statistical jargon and understanding how they differ can help you make sense of educational research and the impact its findings can have in your classroom. We recently had the opportunity to interview Professor Camilla Gilmore on this very topic as a part of our Expert Insight series on our Teacher CPD Academy. So, here’s what we learnt from Professor Gilmore – and what it means for educators who want to start engaging with research ..read more
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How can students effectively use AI?
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1M ago
In a short time, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force in many areas. But what does it hold for education? Students are bound to use AI, whether we adopt it formally in classroom or not. This inevitability presents an opportunity for educators to guide students towards an effective and efficient use of AI, ensuring that it serves as a stepping stone in their learning journey rather than a stumbling block ..read more
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Notes from the field: What ECTs and PGCE students want to know about Cognitive Science
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1M ago
At InnerDrive, we are privileged to collaborate with schools and colleges across the UK and increasingly around the world, which gives us the unique opportunity to see the spectrum of the educational landscape up close. Our key focus area is Cognitive Science – a fascinating field that intersects psychology, neuroscience and education. During one of our recent Teacher CPD workshops, we had an fascinating conversation with some delegates about the desire for more knowledge in that area for ECTs and PGCE students. Four questions about incorporating evidence-informed strategies early on in a tea ..read more
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