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Enjoying the Improbable in Education Research

In honor of April 1st, I thought research aficionados might enjoy some award-winning studies of critical education issues, including:

• The pitfalls of getting students to pay close attention.

• Why fingernails on chalkboards remain one of the most bloodcurdling sounds we hear.

• Damage to reading comprehension caused by reading someone's incorrectly highlighted version of the text.

• The value of differentiating instruction for all learners, even those at the well below basic level.

• And, my favorite, one reason education research often fails to affect policy.

Happy April Fool's Day!

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