Neuromyths in Education

This article sheds light on the three most prevalent myths about the brain among teachers. The first myth is that individuals learn better when taught according to their preferred learning style (visual, auditory or kinaesthetic). The second myth is that students are either “right-brained” or “left-brained.” The third myth is that short bouts of coordination exercises can improve brain function and help students learn better. Though not supported by research, these neuromyths are widely believed and may lead teachers to use educational practices that are not entirely compatible with their students’ brain function. The full article is also available in English.

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No More Math Wars

What are the best ways to teach math? Are we currently using all the available evidence from fields such as educational research, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and neuroscience to guide math pedagogy? Unfortunately, for decades there have been ongoing, fierce, partisan debates over how to teach math which have, for the most part, not been informed by the wealth of knowledge about how children learn math. This article critically discusses one of the central debates in math education and draws attention to the importance of taking an evidence-based and developmental perspective on how to teach math. This article is also available in French.

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Beyond Phys Ed

There are many applicable findings in cognitive psychology that teachers remain unaware of because they were not covered in teacher’s college. How long can students pay attention in class, and how should lessons be structured to capture attention? What is the best way to study? Once students learn information, how can we ensure that this information is put to use in novel situations, and how can we enhance problem solving and critical thinking? There are numerous studies in psychology addressing these questions that, by and large, have not been widely applied in school settings. This presents a significant opportunity to implement evidence-based solutions in our schools.

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