EduINSIDER Briefing March 11th: Early Edition


My Weekly Top 5 Edu-live for Monday 11th March

The things that caught my biased eye since last week.


Remember- this is biased- it’s the things that caught my attention  in the last week. The things I share on social, bookmark and ponder as potentially significant or intriguing.

GET OUTSIDE! Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood


This caught my attention. Modern learning spaces increasingly feature ‘green-classrooms/ outdoor learning spaces’ . This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors here

THANK YOU! neuroscience reveals how gratitude literally re-wires the brain   

According UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre, regularly expressing gratitude literally changes the molecular structure, keeps the grey matter functioning and makes us healthier and happier.




SO, HOW DO YOU LEARN STUFF? Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies

I thought this was interesting especially around retrieval, spaced practice and successive relearning.

There are hundreds of teaching strategies, most of which can be effective in certain situations. Dunlosky was looking for strategies that are broadly applicable and don’t just aid memorization; he wanted to find the approaches that deepen understanding and help students transfer learning to new situations.



Some people describe executive function as “the CEO of the brain.” That’s because these skills allow us to set goals, plan and get things done. When kids struggle with executive skills, it impacts them in school and in everyday life.

  1. Working memory
  2. Cognitive flexibility (also called flexible thinking)
  3. Inhibitory control (which includes self-control)

More Here




EVIDENCE FRESNO UNIFIED 4th largest school district in California’s Personalized Learning Initiative with Microsoft drives measurable achievement on state-based test and more!

It’s kind of a big deal. Since its first year of implementation, Fresno’s PLI has grown in both size and scope. In its first year, 220 teachers and 12,000 students were touched by the PLI; in Year 2 this number increased to 362 teachers and 17,045 students. PLI teachers applied to the program from schools across the district and were selected randomly within that application pool.1

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