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Digital Assistants that Seem Too Human May Not Work Best

The more human digital assistants seem, the more we experience them as human and the more we may try to interact with them as if they were human.  Or the more we may avoid interacting with them ….

Cognitive Skills and Reading

Reading involves the simultaneous, coordinated use of multiple mental processes, including attention skills, working memory, visualization, and planning according to an article written by Betsy Hill and published by EdCircuit.

Gamification in Education: Fostering a Growth Mindset

When the term “gamification” comes up in the context of education, it is usually introduced as a way to improve student engagement and motivation.  Given the dismal state of student

Check Your Financial Literacy

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has been studying the financial knowledge of adults in the U.S. through a short 5-question quiz as part of its Financial Capability Study. Sadly, Americans do not fare very well. Happily, the questions could easily be turned into engaging classroom exercises for middle- and high-school age students

Talk Like a Pirate Today and Make it Serious Language Play

Playing with language is a cognitive milestone and language play can be a wonderful form of cognitive exercise. Learn how to speak Piratese in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Cognitive Skills are Major Factors in Reading Ability

While many educators still see reading as a matter of decoding and fluency practice, the reading process is far more complex. A new report from Digital Promise report cites cognitive skills, social-emotional learning, and student background information, in addition to traditional language and literacy skills, as essential for reading.

Every Day is Election Day — Even in Your Classroom

Every day, the people around us decide whether to listen to us, to follow us, to imitate us, or to ignore us. They decide whether to step up and join us in championing what we want to accomplish, or they join the opposition, or they just decide to “sit this one out." Does this apply in a classroom? Are students voters? You bet!

What Great Teachers and Great Salespeople Have in Common

For some, this comparison will seem obvious. For some, it will seem curious, at first blush. For some, it will seem preposterous, or even insulting. I hope that, like most good analogies, the aptness of the comparison ultimately enlightens.

Reconciling the Neurosophists and the Neurosnobs

A recent article in Brain in the News, a publication of the Dana Foundation lamented the increase in the impressive sounding but empty use of references to the brain in education. Educators have too often embraced neuromyths and neurofads without a deep enough understanding. But that is changing.

Five Tips for a Better Brain

Just about every adult I meet wants to know how to strengthen their perception, thinking, and acuity. I believe in practicing what I preach, so here five things I practice on a daily basis. Our brains become what brains do ...

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