Monday, December 22, 2008

Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning

"Much of teaching is about helping students master new knowledge and skills and then helping students not to forget what they have learned."
Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning—A Practice Guide from the National Center for Educational Research at the U.S. Department of Education provides a paradigm for accomplishing this objective.

Practice guides differ from most research reports in three important ways. First is that a practice guide includes a list of actionable distinct recommendations. Second is together those recommendations are intended to be a systematic approach to a many-sided problem. Third, each recommendation is definitively categorized by the level of supporting evidence (e.g., strong, moderate and low).

The recommendations in this practice guide show a consensus on some of the most important tangible and material principles to emerge from research on learning and memory.

The seven recommendations -
  • Space learning over time
  • Interleave worked example solutions with problem-solving exercises
  • Combine graphics with verbal descriptions
  • Connect and integrate abstract and concrete representations of concepts
  • Use quizzing to promote learning
  • Help students allocate study time efficiently
  • Help students build explanations by asking and answering deep questions

Each recommendation is accompanied by specific suggestions for implementation as well as potential roadblocks to success and possible solutions.

View or download the full practice guide in PDF format

Freitas, D., & Buckenmeyer, J. (Dec 1, 2008) Aligning Research with Classroom Practice: Internet, Student
Achievement and Cell Phones
. Retrieved Dec 1, 2008, from
Pashler, H.,Bain, P., et al (Sept 2007). Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning—A Practice Guide. Retrieved Dec 22, 2008, from

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

CFF/MV Power Links

In this presentation you'll learn about the CFF/MV Power Links wiki and see a tutorial on creating a live link on your Power Links page.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Networked Student (Video)

The Networked Student depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students. I hope that this short video will help you, your students, and their parents understand how networked learning is supposed to work in the 21st century.

I was pointed to this video by Dianne Krause from the Wissahickon School District.
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