PBL or Direct/Explicit Instruction: What Works?

I was recently invited to debate the merits of direct instruction and project-based learning with Drew Perkins on the TeachThought podcast. It was fun being back on the other side of the interview table after hosting so many consecutive episodes of Progressively Incorrect. There are a couple of tweaks I would make to my "performance" … Continue reading PBL or Direct/Explicit Instruction: What Works?

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S2E13: Sarah Cottingham on Retrieval Practice and Diagnosing Teaching Problems

In this episode, Sarah Cottingham discusses effective teacher professional development, as well as one of the most powerful strategies derived from cognitive science: retrieval practice. First things first, what is retrieval practice? Retrieval practice is the use of practice tests or quizzes to enhance learning. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that having students "retrieve" or recall … Continue reading S2E13: Sarah Cottingham on Retrieval Practice and Diagnosing Teaching Problems

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S2E12: Katharine Birbalsingh on Discipline and Traditional Education

In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Britain's "strictest" headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh. Katharine is the founder of Michaela Community School, a secondary school in London that always seems to be mired in controversy. As other school leaders have sought to innovate their programs by opting for child-led learning and a softer touch to … Continue reading S2E12: Katharine Birbalsingh on Discipline and Traditional Education

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S2E11: Bradley Busch on Illuminating the Science of Learning

This week I'm speaking with an all-around legend, Bradley Busch, co-author of The Science of Learning, 99 Studies that Every Teacher Needs to Know. Bradley works at InnerDrive, a UK-based professional development company that specializes in bringing the science of learning to life through fantastic visuals, workshops, and webinars. If you follow my blog, educationrickshaw.com, … Continue reading S2E11: Bradley Busch on Illuminating the Science of Learning

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S2E10: Jim “Broccoli Guy” Allen on Substitute Teaching

In this episode of the Progressively Incorrect podcast, I talk substitute and supply teaching with Broccoli Guy (real name: Jim Stewart Allen)! Broccoli Guy is a bit of a local celebrity over here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Tune in to any of the Seattle sports games, and the probability is high … Continue reading S2E10: Jim “Broccoli Guy” Allen on Substitute Teaching

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S2E9: Nate Joseph on Meta-Analysis and the Scientific Principles of Teaching

Somehow, someway, we are already on episode 9 of season 2 of the Progressively Incorrect podcast! Today I have the absolute pleasure of talking with the incredible Nate Joseph, the author of the Scientific Principles of Teaching (check out this page for all his books) Nate is a fan of secondary meta-analysis, a methodology popularized … Continue reading S2E9: Nate Joseph on Meta-Analysis and the Scientific Principles of Teaching

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S2E8: Kristin Simmers and Andrew Watson on the Role of Neuroscience in Education

One of my biggest triggers is when a presenter at an education conference will claim, without being able to point to an article or a body of research, that x, y or z is research-based. And more often than not, their research-free claim is accompanied by weird brain-based language. "We know that play-based learning works … Continue reading S2E8: Kristin Simmers and Andrew Watson on the Role of Neuroscience in Education

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S2E7: Jo Castelino on Structuring the Science Classroom for Optimal Learning

In this episode of the amazing Progressively Incorrect podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jo Castelino, a secondary school science teacher based in West Yorkshire in the UK, and one of my absolute favorite bloggers about the art and science of great science teaching. When I was training to be a teacher, science was … Continue reading S2E7: Jo Castelino on Structuring the Science Classroom for Optimal Learning

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S2E6: Courtney Ostaff on Effective Teaching with Online Tools

In this episode of the Progressively Incorrect podcast, I am excited to be talking to Courtney Ostaff, author of The Teaching Online Handbook and the forthcoming book on homeschooling: How to Homeschool the Kids You Have. Before I knew Courtney Ostaff as Courtney Ostaff, I knew her as the anonymous Twitter user, StuckintheMiddle, during the … Continue reading S2E6: Courtney Ostaff on Effective Teaching with Online Tools

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Dead Ends from the Explicit Teaching vs. Inquiry-Based Learning Debate

I've learned a lot from engaging in the "teaching wars" that pit teacher-led explicit teaching approaches against student-led inquiry (IBL) and discovery (DL) approaches. I even created a podcast to explore these ideas with other teachers and researchers. Recently, however, I've noticed that the conversation tends to circle around the same territories, often leading to … Continue reading Dead Ends from the Explicit Teaching vs. Inquiry-Based Learning Debate