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Stop Multitasking: You’re not good at it

Friday, July 25th, 2014

“Evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts.”

“I don’t care if a kid wants to tweet while she’s watching American Idol, or have music on while he plays a video game. But when students are doing serious work with their minds, they have to have focus.”

“Under most conditions, the brain simply cannot do two complex tasks at the same time. It can happen only when the two tasks are both very simple and when they don’t compete with each other for the same mental resources. An example would be folding laundry and listening to the weather report on the radio. That’s fine. But listening to a lecture while texting, or doing homework and being on Facebook—each of these tasks is very demanding, and each of them uses the same area of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.”

Read the evidence from the Slate. AND STOP IT!


History Grundkurs Course Review

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Grundkurs Outline: The Rise of the Modern State

The Assignment: Grundkurs Review Project

Semester One:

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Semester Four:

Kropotkin Essay

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

“Ask yourself what you need to know to make this the kind of world you would like to live in. Demand that your teachers teach you that.”

The assignment

Reading and Learning Strategies

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

How to Study

SQ3R Reading Strategy

CLUES Model to Thinking Critically. This Rocks!

Several Note Taking Strategies

Notes on Quality Presentations

Multiple Intelligences

Thinking Like A Genius

Teaching Against Idiocy

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Contemplating the root of the word “idiocy” leads Dr. Walter
Parker to explore the challenge that democratic societies
face of developing public-minded citizens. The schools,
he argues, are the most likely institutions to succeed in
that task.

The Article

The Response Sheet