Weekly Digest #50: Our Most Popular Digests!
We have now composed 50 digests! We started the digest tradition because a reader asked us whether we put together learning resources and sent them out to readers. At this time we were thinking about the best way to feature other great learning resources on our site, but we had not come up with a good way to do this yet. From this, the weekly digest was born.
The nice thing about the digests is that it allows us to investigate a topic and find resources on topics that we may or may not know a lot about. We have compiled digests on education topics from how teachers utilize retrieval practice in their classrooms, to providing feedback on writing assignments, to self-care. This week, we thought we would look up our top 5 most visited digests and revisit that topic with one resource.
Why We Procrastinate, According To Science by JR Thorpe, @bustle. This journalistic piece, strongly based on science, presents four theories of procrastination and busts a few myths about procrastination. You can find more resources on procrastination in the original digest.
This digest includes Which Common Educational Myth Limits Student Achievement? by Dr. Bobby Hoffman, @ifoundmo. This blog post is particularly strong on the many ways in which teaching to preferred learning styles could harm students, but also hits the other 3 criteria for usefulness.You can find more resources about talking about learning styles in the original digest.
Weekly Digest #41: Preparing a Syllabus
This digest includes Project Syllabus by Society for the Teaching of Psychology, @TeachPsych. It contains a number of example syllabi for courses in psychology. While this page does have a list of general tips (see here), they go a step further and provide a number of examples. All of the syllabi on their page have been reviewed and deemed excellent (see their rubric for judging syllabi). The examples are from psychology courses, but there are many elements that are not psychology specific. Make sure to check out their “best practices” section for exemplary portions of syllabi such as calendars, course objectives, etc. You can find more resources providing help preparing a syllabus in the original digest.
This digest includes CATME Team-Maker , a researcher-run tool that gathers information from students through an online survey, and uses evidence-based algorithms to group students. You can find more resources about managing group work in the original digest.
Every Sunday, we pick a theme and provide a curated list of links. If you have a theme suggestion, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Occasionally we publish a guest digest, and If you'd like to propose a guest digest click here. Our 5 most recent digests can be found here: