Tim Topham: On How to Maximize Your Effectiveness When Teaching Lessons Online

Tim Topham: On How to Maximize Your Effectiveness When Teaching Lessons Online

So…the last week has been…umm…interesting. Universities and K-12 schools have shut down either temporarily or through the end of the semester, teachers around the world are scrambling to figure out how to transition their teaching to zoom or other online platforms literally overnight, and cats and dogs are mystified by the sudden 24/7 presence of their humans. Needless to say, even as someone who started a blog largely to justify spending an inordinate amount of time playing with…


Targeted Memory Reactivation: A Hack to Improve Learning During Sleep?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes When I was in elementary school, I never did see the point of making my bed every morning. It just took way more effort and time than I thought it ought to. So, one afternoon, I spent some time rigging my bed with a system of string and pins that would enable me to make the bed pretty much instantly in the morning (and if you’re wondering, I pinned the blankets together at the top two corners, tied some string to the pins, looped them around…


Lynne Aspnes: On Breathing, Singing, and the Value of Cultivating a Diverse Range of Musical Influences

Lynne Aspnes: On Singing, Breathing, and the Value of Cultivating a Diverse Range of Musical Influences

I suspect that most musicians, at some point or another, have been asked to sing in a lesson. The point being, that we should sometimes put aside the technical nuts and bolts of playing our instruments, and focus more on the music itself. For whatever reason, I always found singing in front of my teacher to be an incredibly embarrassing experience, and even though I understood the idea on an intellectual level, I don’t know that I ever really understood the point of this, and certainly never…


What Does Science Say About the Notion That We Don't Utilize Our Full Potential?

What Does Science Say About the Notion That We Don't Utilize Our Full Potential?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes There’s a really sweet moment in Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, where Christopher Robin and Pooh are chatting in a tree, and Christopher Robin is gently preparing Pooh for the day when he might not be the constant presence that Pooh has become accustomed to. As Pooh drifts off to sleep, Christopher Robin says "Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."…


Fact or Myth: Does Thinking “Don’t Miss” Really Make Us More Likely to Mess Up?

Fact or Myth: Does Thinking “Don’t Miss” Really Make Us More Likely to Mess Up?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes It was March 15, 2017, and the San Antonio Spurs were trying to pull out a close win over the Portland Trailblazers. With 2.5 seconds left in the game, a Portland foul put Manu Ginobli at the free throw line. Trailing 105-108, the plan was to make the first free throw, and then deliberately miss the second free throw, so that they would have a chance to rebound the ball and score quickly to tie the game up and go to overtime. Of course, what…