Season 5, Episode 15 of the FocusED School Leadership Podcast with Guest Patrice Bain

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Powerful Teaching Techniques with Patrice Bain

This is Season 5, Episode 15 of FocusED, and it features our guest, Patrice Bain; we discuss powerful teaching techniques, brain science, action research, classroom instruction, school leadership…and much more.


Patrice Bain Brings a Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., is a veteran K–12 and university educator, speaker, and author. As a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and a Fulbright Scholar in Europe, she has been featured in national and international podcasts, webinars, presentations, and popular press, including NOVA and Scientific American. 

In addition to Powerful Teaching, she also co-authored an essential practice guide for educators: Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, in collaboration with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). 

Bain’s latest book A Parent’s Guide to Powerful Teaching reinforces the “Teaching Triangle” of student, parent, and teacher collaboration. Patrice was one of two U.S. teachers on the working task group: Neuromyths vs. Neurotruths, sponsored by (IES) and the National Commission of Educational Research (NCER). In addition, she was a contributor to the United Nations UNESCO ISEE (International Science and Evidence-based Education) Assessment, outlining the vision for world education by 2030.

FocusED Show Notes with Patrice Bain

Patrice started with the fact that it’s an exciting time in education because we know more now than ever before about the science of teaching, including the best ways for students to learn.

The four practices that Patrice brings forward from the research are as follows: retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven meta-cognition.

Don’t miss what she says about cognitive load—we can only absorb 4 to 7 pieces of information at a time.

She talks about high-stakes tests, the forgetting curve, and what we should do now that we’re armed with the science of teaching and learning.

Retrieval practice should be low-stakes or no-stakes, asking students to simply remember what they learned yesterday, for example.

Patrice says that we learn in three steps: encoding, storage, and retrieval. We miss the third step. Too often we focus on getting information to our students versus pulling information from them. 

Don’t miss what she says about action research. 

Books that Patrice Bain Mentions on FocusED

Make It Stick by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel

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