Do preschool teachers ask children too many simple questions during shared reading? (study)

Good questions help you learn, but what if those questions are too simple? A new study examined the quality of questions asked by the preschool teachers. Teacher talk consisted of about 24% questions during shared-book reading. Most of these questions were Wh-questions or those that required a yes/no response. Less frequent Why- or How-questions elicited longer responses… Read More Do preschool teachers ask children too many simple questions during shared reading? (study)

A new study on class size in Best Evidence in Brief, and it’s an interesting one!

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with some interesting studies. I want to pick this one as it is a theme that often pops up, but seldom with new data. The Ministry of Education in France instituted a policy in 2002 that reduced class size to no more than 12 students in areas determined… Read More A new study on class size in Best Evidence in Brief, and it’s an interesting one!

Interesting but with mixed feelings: your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept

Imagine students having to wear a brain reading device so teachers can tell if they have understood what they need to know. Possible benefits: no tests needed anymore? a real possibility to measure effectiveness But at the same time… it does sound as an episode of Black Mirror, or just a plan in China. Bring… Read More Interesting but with mixed feelings: your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept

What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

This is the kind of study that can give people some itchy feelings. We’ve known that early behavior can predict later success, remember the famous Marshmallow experiment, but those studies often had limitations. Was it caused by innate intelligence? Was it caused by the family background? This new study claims to have bypassed these limitations… Read More What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)