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A consideration of empirically based ideals for creating vibrant, healthy schools As we settle in to the new year, I can’t help but reflect on what’s just passed. Don’t we all do that? Consider the good and the bad, the fruitful and not so fruitful aspects of the year? The tail-end of 2014 twirled by […]

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What’s old, made new again, could …be just the ticket out of this mess… Given an opportunity to observe a young child over an extended period of time, you are sure to see an interesting (and from a parent or teacher’s perspective often frustrating) pattern of growth. It goes something like this: A great leap […]

It all started at Portland, OR’s first mini Maker-Faire. At the time, I was looking for ways to grow, professionally, though not necessarily while at the faire. My husband and I were tag-teaming with our five-year-old, trying to cover as much ground as possible before running out of steam. It was my turn to oversee […]

Alice and the Queens 2

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That we need a culture shift, and we need one fast?! Indeed, at times like this – shooting after shooting after shooting – we find ourselves crying out “not one more!” and grasping for understanding, for a sense of control, and for a way to effectively channel our fear […]


Comparative Psychology – gaining understanding of human behavior by making comparisons to non-human agents — can be hard for students to appreciate, especially when the comparison is between humans and computers, a core element to the Cognitive Science enterprise. My senior Cognitive Science seminar students are not an exception here: all semester long they’ve been […]

Innovation Imperative, The Future of Higher Education

Learning styles are on my mind again as a second installment of my 2-week intensive “Psychology of Studying” class winds down. Like last year, I’m delighted with the class’s success: students are learning about learning while learning (ah, what fun!). Objectively, their scores on the measures of metacognition and self-determined motivation significantly increased (even when […]

“Learning  in Style” Yesterday’s “daily prompt” on Learning Styles brings to the fore a major conundrum facing educators today. From a cognitive science perspective (i.e., researchers working in university labs to attain deeper understanding of cognition, learning, development, and the like), there’s no such thing. Data showing that teaching to students’ unique styles improves learning […]