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421: Help People Learn Through Powerful Teaching, with Pooja Agarwal

By Dave Stachowiak

Pooja Agarwal: Powerful Teaching Pooja Agarwal is an expert in the field of cognitive science and is passionate about bridging gaps between education and the science of learning. She is the founder of RetrievalPractice.org and Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music, teaching psychological science to exceptional undergraduate musicians. She also serves as a consultant and facilitates professional development workshops on the science of learning around the world. Pooja is the author with Patrice Bain of the book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning*. In this conversation, Pooja and I discuss the key strategies that leaders can use in order to maximize their effectiveness as teachers. Since almost every leader is responsible for talent development in some capacity, becoming a more powerful teacher will help you develop others more successfully. Key Points The three stages of the learning process are encoding, storage, and retrieval. We tend to focus too much on getting information into peoples’ heads (encoding) and not enough on getting it out (retrieval). Stop reviewing past discussions and meetings. Instead, invite people to recall and articulate prior interactions. Cramming works, but only in the short-term. For long-term retention, spacing is much more effective. There is no significant evidence that visual, auditory, and kinetic preferences correlate to actual learning. Instead, effective learning combines all these methods. Bonus Audio Why struggling is a good thing for learning Resources Mentioned RetrievalPractice.org PowerfulTeaching.org Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning* Are You a Visual or an Auditory Learner? It Doesn’t Matter Book Notes Download my highlights from Powerful Teaching in PDF format (free membership required). Related Episodes The Best Way to Do On-the-Job Training (episode 32) These Coaching Questions Get Results, with Michael Bungay Stanier (episode 237) Essentials of Adult Development, with Mindy Danna (episode 273) Develop Leaders Before You Leave, with David Marquet (episode 405) Discover More Activate your free membership for full access to the entire library of interviews since 2011, searchable by topic.

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