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How We Learn--and Remember--Best

May 6, 2010

Tags: Tags: hakim, joy hakim, leanring, textbooks, history

University of Washington microbiologist and brain theorist John J. Medina spoke to a group of educators in Denver recently.

He described the way the brain stores information, which got me thinking about the way schools work. According to Medina, most information that we learn needs to be revisited within a two-hour window, or it is lost. If the goal is to take knowledge from our fluid memory banks and put it into long-term memory storage, that isnít likely to happen unless the information gets repeated-usually more than once. (more…)

Book for all Ages--Really!

April 23, 2010

Tags: Tags: hakim, joy hakim, textbooks, age-specific writing, NPR

A school principal sent an email asking a question. Hereís our exchange:

Dear Joy Hakim,

I am sure you get this question a lot but I havenít been able to find a definitive answer (or I am not looking at the right source!). Weíve been using your History of US books in 4th and 5th grades at our school. . . We purchased the first books a long time ago, when your series was first featured on NPR. We have loved your approach to telling the story of our history in an authentic and dramatic narrative. Now, the teacher who teaches it feels we were in error using it with our 4th/5th graders and that the series was written for middle and high schoolers. I disagree as I recall hearing it was designed for elementary and middle school students, but online there is mixed info. (more…)




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