Experiences from inside the classroom

This is a personal experience blog post of things I have noticed during my time in post-secondary education. There is an implicit method within modern education that covers up the fact they are not really teaching critical thinking. Part of this is class participation being the bare minimum, encouraging maybe a small amount of class… Read More

Abstract Cognitive Enablers: The Way to Rise Above Technology.

A typical university class of roughly 400 students meets in a lecture hall for their bi-weekly factual feeding. The professor speaks, the Powerpoint slides are set on a crisp white background with red font, and students are scribbling down notes that are their lifeline for the upcoming exam, the supposed measure of learning. John, a… Read More

Stagnant wells

Going through modern education after actually learning what it is missing and being one of the initiators of this institution, has pushed me to actually really dig into the issues that surround the field I have chosen to work in, that of psychology and education. One of the main problems that has bothered me is… Read More

To Real Teachers

If I were seriously ill and in desperate need of a physician, and if by some miracle I could secure either Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, or a young doctor fresh from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with his equipment comprising the latest developments in the technologies and techniques of medicine, I should, of… Read More

Teaching is Fostering Learning

I have written numerous articles about The Science of Learning which is the evidence about how people learn, gained through robust, empirical observations, and how the principles extracted from those findings are applied to formal learning settings. Understanding and considering the application of the principles underlying The Science of Learning, as a means of providing… Read More

Science of Learning: Group Discussions Compared to other Teaching Methods

Class or group discussions are a fairly traditional way of teaching students through the use of seminars and other tutorial gatherings. Other than conducting laboratory or field studies, the four primary methods of teaching are lectures, questions and answers, demonstrations, and discussions. Abbas (2015) compared these four teaching methods and measured each of the following… Read More

Science of Learning: Self Correction

I wrote earlier this week about cognitive flexibility as a hallmark of higher order thinking skills. Closely following the flexibility to consider different thinking is the second (and I think the most important) of the characteristics of higher order thinking skills. This is the characteristic of the willingness to self-correct. In education one of the… Read More