How to Measure Effective Teaching

Some teachers are able to build deep emotional connections with students and inspire them to learn.

What does that look like in the brain?

The University of Southern California is exploring that question and other connections between the brain and effective teaching in a new study launched this fall at Intellectual Virtues Academy, a public charter school with middle and high school campuses in Long Beach.

In a combination of psychology, teaching and neuroscience, the study will monitor brain activity, heart rate and other physiological responses in 40 teachers as they interact with students.

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