August 19, 2016

All my students are getting a book on learning this term

From this past summer's physics teacher camp website, I caught this excellent list of readings on teaching and learning:

There was a bit of overlap between this list and a series of articles, infographics and other material that I have compiled into a booklet I am affectionately calling the “Book of Infinite Learning”.  The learning is what is infinite; the book is not.

I compiled all the articles together and printed them in booklet form.  Of course, I have no rights to these articles, so I can't share the books beyond my classroom, but I can share the links to the articles that went into this booklet.
Here’s a partial list of all the articles I’m giving my classes this Fall:

  1. How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies -
    This article is from the Mindshift blog on KQED’s website.
  2. The art of back-of-the-envelope calculations -
    From FermiLab’s Symmetry Magazine.
  3. Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems -
    Another article from the Mindshift blog.
  4. What It Feels Like to Be Bad at Math -
    This article is from the incredibly brilliant Math with Bad Drawings blog.  Check it out!
  5. Failures, Mistakes and Other Learning Tools -
    This is a post from the Adventures with the Lower Level blog. It really spoke to me when I first read it.
  6. Learning goes through The Land of Confusion -
    Great short piece by Rhett Allain.
  7. The Key to Science (and Life) Is Being Wrong -
    From one of the Scientific American blogs.
  8. Multitasking while studying: Divided attention and technological gadgets impair learning and memory -
    An article from Slate.
  9. The Big Lie About Student Achievement -
    From Huffington Post.
  10. Telling You the Answer Isn't the Answer -
    Another piece by Rhett Allain.
  11. Two Common Misconceptions About Learning -
    Yet another piece on learning by Rhett Allain.
  12. Confuse Students to Help Them Learn -
    This piece is from The Chronicle of Higher Education. It highlights Derek Muller’s physics education research work.
  13. How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning -
    Another piece from the Mindshift blog.
  14. Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. -
    From  Out of the 8 tips, there are a couple I don’t fully agree with, but the others are really good. The article as a whole is a great discussion starter.
  15. O Adjunct! My Adjunct! -
    From The New Yorker.  Our students need to know about precariat faculty.
As you can see, I have a few favorite sources that I have drawn from over the years - Rhett Allain and the Mindshift blog, especially.  All the articles are things that others have shared with me on twitter over the years.  I'm always excited to get to share them with students - bring on this new term!

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