Saturday, August 29, 2020

Saturday, August 22, 2020

book: Why Don't Students Like School?

Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom: Willingham, Daniel T.: 0787721851448: Books

Seven principles of learning better from cognitive science by ScottHYoung podcast

Why Don't Students Like School Summary

1. "People are naturally curious, but we are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitive conditions are right, we will avoid thinking."
2. "Factual Knowledge must precede skill."

3. "Memory is the residue of thought"

4. "We understand things in the context of what we already know, and most of what we know is concrete."

5. "It is virtually impossible to become proficient at a mental task without extended practice."

6. "Cognition early in training is different from cognition late in training."

7. "Children are more alike than different in terms of how they think and learn."

8. "Children do differ in intelligence, but intelligence can be changed through sustained hard work."

9. "Teaching, like any complex cognitive skill, must be practiced to be improved."

Why Don’t Students Like School? Summary, Review

"The key message in this book summary:

Students don’t like school because those involved – including educational institutions – haven’t fully got to grips with some essential cognitive principles involved in learning. Two types of memory are involved: long-term and working memory. The best strategies for learning involve pattern recognition and “chunking” information for the long-term memory. The bottleneck of working memory is best avoided. Furthermore, we should resist the notion that intelligence is entirely genetically determined, or that we all have a learning “type.” Therefore, by giving students the right context and content, and making sure educators keep learning too, we can ensure that students will learn a great deal more efficiently. And who knows – maybe they’ll even start to like school!

Actionable advice:

Promote the power of effort

If you’re in close contact with children, either in a mentoring role or as a parent, impress upon them that skill and intelligence are not settled from birth. It’s important for children to understand they can achieve almost anything with enough determination and practice. Remember: A piano virtuoso is not born with harmonic knowledge and muscle memory; those are learned."

Why don’t students like school… In 30 mins! – Punya Mishra's Web

Why Don't Students Like School?

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Caffeine Science vs Fatigue

interesting podcast discussion and links to articles and books

The science behind caffeine featuring Danielle Rath of (Brain Science #25) |> News and podcasts for developers |> Changelog

advice for strategic usage of caffeine

How to drink caffeine strategically with the 5 Levels of Fatigue | GEG Research and Consulting

5 Levels of Fatigue Archives | GEG Research and Consulting

"FATIGUE LEVEL 1: Dehydrated & Drowsy

At this level, you’re feeling a little drowsy, but not exhausted or overwhelmed.

SOLUTION = Do something Different.
Go for a walk. Switch tasks. Take a 5 min break.
Drink WATER. DO NOT drink any caffeine at this level.


At this level, “I’m too tired” becomes the excuse for action. You’re not exhausted and not just bored or drowsy. You’re just a little bit off, a little sluggish, a little lethargic. You’re “too tired”.

SOLUTION = A LITTLE sluggish means A LITTLE caffeine.
Look for caffeinated beverages with no more than 100 mg caffeine.
FATIGUE LEVEL 3: Stressed & Struggling
At this level, you’re starting to feel overwhelmed. You’re trying to wake up but you’re really struggling to stay focused and engaged. A walk and a cup of tea aren’t going to cut it here, but it’s still not worst-case scenario “energy emergency” quite yet.

SOLUTION = Several scientific studies and international organizations say you should have
no more than 200 mg caffeine at a time. So that’s what we’re looking for here.
FATIGUE LEVEL 4: Energy Emergency
At this level, we’re going to ignore health guidelines and go over that 200 mg caffeine per serving recommendation. This is an energy emergency. This is one step short of being a walking zombie. We’re talking just-trying-to-survive, counting-the-hours-before-I-can-go-home crisis.

SOLUTION = Choose a carbonated energy drink with more than 200 mg caffeine per can.
You can also pick an energy shot because shots have higher caffeine mg per oz than energy drinks. Energy drinks with sugar will give you an extra boost though you may crash after a few hours so ONLY pick drinks with more than 10 grams sugar if you absolutely need that much more help.

At this level, no amount of caffeine can save you.
This is your absolute breaking point. This is worst-case-scenario.

SOLUTION = Only sleep can save you now."

How to get more energy from your caffeine | GEG Research and Consulting