Teachers to be schooled in science of learning


Thursday marked the beginning of a year long development series for teachers focused on the science of learning.

More than 60teacher specialists in Frederick County, Maryland gathered at the Staff Development Center in Walkersville, Md., to take in new research and data focused on the science of how students learn.

Officials said the series will arm these educators, who develop curriculum and other programs, with updated teaching practices.

“We’ve learned more in the last 20 years about how students learn than we’ve ever known in the history of time. We’re doing a lot more about memory and how to increase students’ memory; retrieval practice, so coming back to certain topics over and over again is really good for the brain,” explained supervisor for advanced academics for Frederick County Public Schools, Margaret Lee.

Lee explained that even 25 years ago, educators believed every student should learn within their preffered modality, such as visual learning or auditory learning. But now, Lee says, research shows students need to have exposure to all types of learning styles. 

Officials said the series is a result of a partnership between Frederick County Public Schools and the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.

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