Effective Study Strategies, Grit, Mindset and More in This Week’s Round Up

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Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies
(KQED Mind Shift)
Some of the best learning strategies aren’t often used by teachers or students largely because of time pressures in the classroom. Frequent low-stakes quizzes that force students to recall information from their memories, combined with spaced out practice show some of the clearest results.

Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students’ soft skills
(Education Week – subscription required; three free articles)
Where report cards may have once had a handwritten teacher’s note saying a student “plays well with others,” parents in some districts are now more likely to see a box that shows whether their child performs at grade level in such areas as “relationship skills.”

12 inspiring STEM books for Girls
Science, technology, engineering, and math are more important than ever, so we’ve put together a list of books to encourage girls to persevere in these subjects.

Expert Advice: Teaching
Teaching while in grad school can be a daunting task, especially for those with limited experience. Expert Advice provides explanations and insights from people that have been there — experienced professionals such as faculty members, administrators and authors.

Ingroup vs. Outgroup Influences in Brain and Behavior
(APA Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology)
In addition to simply classifying people into social categories, people are also sensitive to how such classification relates to themselves — in other words, whether someone belongs to the same or different social group. Two recent papers examine neural and behavioral effects of social categorization into “us” vs. “them”.

One DC school lost more than a quarter of its teaching staff this year
(The Washington Post)
Nearly 200 teachers have quit their jobs in D.C. Public Schools since the school year began, forcing principals to scramble to cover their classes with substitutes and depriving many students of quality instruction in critical subjects.

Stanford scholars analyze children’s ability to detect “sins of omission”
(Stanford News)
Stanford researchers found that children as young as 4 years old, under certain conditions, can discern “sins of omission” – misleading but technically accurate information. The researchers found that the order in which information is presented makes a dramatic difference for the study’s youngest participants.

“Mindful Mornings” at Redondo Beach’s Birney Elementary show new age in teaching
(The Beach Reporter)
The exercise is part of what the school calls Mindful Mornings where a select group of students spend a half hour with Hale before school on Thursday and Friday. At Mindful Mornings, students work on such things as calming techniques, sharing complements with one another and just simply getting grounded before the day.

‘I Won’t Give Up’: How First-Generation Students See College
(New York Times)

Getting into college and making it through can be hard no matter what your circumstances. But for first-generation students — the first in their families to attend college — the challenges are even greater because they must tackle them largely on their own.

New Report Names the Best Cities to Live in if You’re a Teacher
(Education Week – subscription required; three free articles)

The end of the school year might mean some teachers are considering a move. How about to Bentonville, Ark.? The estimated 47,000-person city was ranked by GoodCall as the nation’s best city for K-12 teachers in 2017.

From NFL Player To Neurosurgeon: ‘Why Can’t I Do Both?’

Myron Rolle talks about his long journey from playing football at Florida State University and joining the NFL to going to Harvard medical school to start his residency in neurosurgery.

Weekly Digest #61: Does Mindset Matter?
(Learning Scientists)

In 1998, Mueller and Dweck published their landmark study establishing mindset as a possible influence on student performance (1). Since then, mindset has been widely studied and this work has led to multiple intervention programs. However, as with other education trends, mindset research is not without controversy. Today we provide resources that support and criticize mindset interventions so that you can come to your own conclusions.

Where Do Children’s Emotions Come From?
(Monitor on Psychology)
In this first installment of a new regular feature on psychology research labs, the Monitor visits the Child Emotion Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Grad Students as Peer Reviewers: the Pros and Cons
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
According to a philosophy scholar, the practice “appears to be gaining the feel of normalcy,” but there’s no consensus about whether that’s a positive development.

Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”?
(Scientific American)
One distinguished psychologist explains why he believes this is so and how to reverse course

What Hyenas Can Tell Us about the Origins of Intelligence
(Scientific American)
A long-running project in Africa challenges “the social brain hypothesis”

Social emotional learning interventions show promise, warrant further study
(Science Daily)
Developing a child’s social and emotional learning skills in early childhood is seen as a key to the child’s success in school, but researchers are still working to understand which interventions most effectively boost those skills.

About the Author

Hunter Clary
Hunter is a communications professional who came of age in the digital revolution, and has witnessed big changes in how we communicate. In his eclectic 20 year career he’s seen vast changes across multiple industries from advertising, B2C, professional services, publishing, and now non-profit. During his time at APA Hunter has watched the growth of in the organization’s web presence; a shift from print to digital media; and the pickup of social channels like the PsychLearningCurve. A tech geek at heart, Hunter is naturally drawn to all things shiny and new especially when it comes to communicating – particularly social media and apps. Hunter seeks to understand the world around him -- add in a penchant for creative design and a reporter’s curiosity and you’ve got Hunter. Through this blog he hopes to help translate quality psychological science into practical uses for educators, students, and parents.
Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time, Amanda loves pyrography and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.
Nick Bornstein
Nick is an education and communications intern with the APA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Nick is a current undergraduate student pursuing a Psychology degree and a minor in Business Administration at the George Washington University. Nick's interests include travel, studying German, history, politics, and economics.