21st Century Learning

Our Think Tank online magazine represents 21st century learning. Just as you might come across an interesting video on the Internet, click links to read more about it, and then discuss it with colleagues, our Think Tanks work that way too. Each issue starts with a media broadcast, such as a TED Talk on the brain science topic featured in the issue. This is followed by a Think Tank of teachers and researchers writing more about the topic and how it applies to the language classroom. The final Plus section includes book reviews, reader spotlights, and other special contributions.

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Examining the Language Teaching Practice of Testing in Terms of the Brain

November 2022

Testing, be it in standardized or teacher-made form, is an ubiquitous part of classrooms around the world. In this month’s issue we’re putting tests “to the test” and assessing the conclusions that neuroscience has discovered in recent years. We felt this is such an important topic that we’ll be covering it even further next month with an issue devoted to Assessment, so be sure to stay tuned in December!

“Standardized tests don’t care if you’re white or black, short or tall, or even the rate at which you learned the course material. At the end of the day, all it cares about is whether you know what you’re supposed to know. It can’t be cheated, bent, or bargained with.” – Steven Crowder

Cover photo by Adam Bixby on Unsplash; others from Pixabay & Pexels.

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From January 2017 to the present day, you can view each of our past issues in our archives. All of the original issues are available to download. When available, you can peruse the web versions of our issues on any of your internet-connected devices. Looking for something specific? Use the search feature at the top of our site to find exactly what you’re looking for!

The Brain in Simplified English

We are building a collection of readings about the Mind, Brain, Education and related topics in simplified English. The readings are based on articles and topics that have appeared in our Think Tanks+. Use them with your students. Share them with colleagues. Read them yourself as a gentle introduction to some of the issues and themes discussed in the Think Tanks+.

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