5 Things We Need to Get Right As we Move Back to In Person Learning

5 Things We Need to Get Right As we Move Back to In Person Learning

As we consider how we move back into school, we need to think about neuroscience research about how students learn. Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath talks about stress, learning duration, homework, spaced repetition, and sleep as well as computers and technology. You can't just have a longer school day to improve learning. You also can't always expect every technology to improve learning either.

5 Things We Need to Get Right As we Move Back to In Person Learning

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Jared Cooney Horvath – Bio As Submitted

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally. Jared's work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Economist, and NOVA. He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents. His latest book is 10 Things Schools Get Wrong and What We Can Do About Them

Blog: https://www.lmeglobal.net/


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Richard Diederichs March 29, 2021 - 11:27 pm

Hi Vicki, any chance of getting transcripts of your podcasts? My wife, who is a teacher, and is deaf, along with many of her colleagues who are also deaf are missing out on the insights that they could receive if they had access to your podcasts. If I remember correctly, a while back, you did have transcripts. Thank you for sharing your expertise and experiences with us, much appreciated.

Vicki Davis March 31, 2021 - 12:15 pm

Hi Richard – I paid for transcripts for the first 500 episodes and they just weren’t accessed. So, what I’ve done recently is if people ask for a particular episode, then I’ll go pay for someone to transcribe it. It was pretty expensive to make sure it was accurate and no one was using them so it felt like an expense that wasn’t necessary at the time. I’m always willing to reevaluate, though. If there’s a particular episode, I can work to get it done.

Morgan McMullen April 19, 2021 - 9:46 pm

I am a future educator and going to school currently to be an Elementary Education Major. I enjoyed reading this article about the important key points of getting back into in-person learning. I feel like many students will benefit going back to in-person learning rather than online especially for the younger grades. Are you currently a teacher? If so what tips might you have for a future teacher? Thanks so much!

Vicki Davis January 26, 2022 - 7:54 am

Hi morgan. Yes, I’m a current teacher. My blog is full of recommendations for future teachers – that is why I write it. I hope you’ll use the menu bars to take a look at what there is for you here and that you can find some useful things.

Hannah Hammond March 30, 2021 - 12:35 am

I one hundred percent agree with this blog when the author states that you cannot just lengthen the time of the class in order to improve learning. Thinking about what would realistically happen if a teacher did this, by the end of that class that class any teacher would have a very difficult time keeping anybody’s attention. Most adults do not even like to sit and listen to someone speak for a longer amount of time, so how can we expect a student to stay engaged in a lesson for longer? Feel free to disagree with me, but that is just my opinion.

Alison Godwin April 22, 2021 - 4:47 pm

This is such a great informational podcast that gives an amazing point of view from a neurologist. I love how he tells everyone to slow it down and ease back into the system as the first thing to get right. That is so important for educators and students because everyone wants to go, go, go, but that is not ok if it does not help anyone learn and everyone is exhausted. I really enjoyed this podcast and will definitely be listening again!!


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