Technological advancements have often heralded paradigm shifts, and this is definitely the case in the field of education today. Thanks to new technologies and scientific methods, we now know more about how the human brain processes information than ever before, and we learn more every year. Some of these advancements are discussed in the book How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School (2000), edited by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking. These discoveries are propelling educators to take a fresh look at traditional methods of running a classroom, conveying information, and assessing students on what they have learned, and pushing us to find new ways to teach so that students develop true understanding of the material – not just learn the right answers for the test. Sound interesting? You can read more of my thoughts on teaching for understanding here and tell me what you think!