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Literacy skills seem to fuel literacy enjoyment – not vice-versa

It would seem intuitive that children who like to read and write tend to be better at it. We usually interpret this link as enjoyment creating engagement in literacy activities – boosting literacy skills in turn.

However, new research has emerged with ground-breaking findings that challenges this perspective. Let’s take a closer look at this together…

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The cognitive bias underlying all others (and how to avoid it)

Sometimes, we don’t behave as rationally as we think we do. One of the culprits: cognitive biases. They can lead to faulty judgement and flawed decision-making. So, having an awareness of how they influence your thought processes can help you minimise their negative impact on Teaching & Learning.

Surprisingly, psychologists have pinned down almost 200 of these biases to date. But researchers suggest that a specific one, the Confirmation Bias, is what underlies them all. So, let’s take a deeper look at what it is and how it explains other biases…

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Is it time to abandon the Feedback Sandwich?

Giving feedback to students is an essential part of teaching, but it can be challenging to strike a balance between being supportive and critical. In fact, research shows that over one-third of feedback interventions do more harm than good, making it even more important to get the balance right.

One approach that has long been popular is the “Feedback Sandwich”, which is when we sandwich constructive criticism between two pieces of positive praise. The aim is to make constructive criticism come across as more pleasant, but does this actually work? And does this help students improve?

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The surprisingly easy way to help students use their phones less

Do you find your students constantly glued to their screens? In this digital age, apps are becoming more and more appealing, making it easy for students to become slaves to their phones, but it can be frustrating to see them spending most of their free time mindlessly scrolling.

Research has shown that increased phone use is associated with a decline in students’ grades and can reduce their quality of sleep when they are unable to manage their phone use at night.

Thankfully there’s a simple solution for students to reduce their screen time: turning their phones to greyscale. This function removes the colour from their screens, making their display appear black and white.

Normal vs greyscale

So, how does greyscale help students use their phones less? And does it make a long-lasting impact? Let’s have a look at the research and then take a deeper dive into how students can incorporate it into their routines….

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The impact of TikTok on students’ grades

TikTok has over 1 billion users worldwide, and is particularly popular with teenagers and young adults. It is easy to understand why: the app allows users to upload short and engaging videos that users can comment on and share with their friends. The app is arguably designed for students to spend hours scrolling through it.

This begs the question: is TikTok impacting on students’ grades?

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