Do Students Utilize Effective Learning Strategies and more in this week’s news roundup!

Do Students Utilize Effective Learning Strategies?
(The Learning Scientists)
My anecdotes with my students are not unique. Many students are unaware of the best ways to study, and instead rely on their own intuition about what works.

When Students Assault Teachers, Effects Can Be Lasting
(Ed Week)

When Michelle Andrews leaned over to talk to a disruptive 6th grader in her class, she says the student struck her in the face, causing Andrews’ neck to snap backwards. The 2015 incident was scary, and it also caused permanent nerve damage, said Andrews, who had been teaching for six years before the attack. The student was suspended for a week for disrespect toward a teacher—not for assault—and then returned to Andrews’ classroom in Bridgeton, N.J.

Preventing Expulsion From Preschool and Child Care
(Zero to Three)

Young children are being expelled from preschool and child care programs at an astonishing rate, often because of challenging behaviors such as aggression, tantrums, and noncompliance.

Want grit? Give students an audience

Grit, a term buzzing around educational circles, is defined as “firmness of mind and spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship,” according to Merriam-Webster. This personal quality appears to separate those who make something of themselves in life and those who fail to meet their potential.

Study Reveals Thought Processes that Foster Creativity
(Psychology Today)

A recent study on 138 undergraduate students used path analysis to investigate the relationship between creativity and different aspects of thought patterns presumed to influence the preparation and illumination phase of the creative process.

OPINION: This high-poverty district learned to think differently about teaching and learning
(Hechinger Report)

St. Mary Parish knew change was needed. By the mid-2000s, the state of Louisiana had placed several of its schools in “academic assistance,” a designation for schools that fail to improve sufficiently. Some had remained there for nearly 10 years. Meanwhile, the rural district’s test scores lagged behind the state average. By 2016, the high-poverty school district had turned around.

Major Psychiatric Disorders Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds
(NPR’s the Two Way)

Major psychiatric disorders like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar appear to have more in common than we thought they did. A new study finds that they have important similarities at a molecular level.

You Should Start a Teaching Conference
(NOBA Blog)

“I LOVE this conference! Thanks for organizing.”
“Thank you for an amazing conference that balanced fun, teaching, and evidence based practice.”
“I love the opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues!” The most important thing I ever did for my career was to show up to places where teachers congregated.

How childhood experiences contribute to the education-health link
(The Conversation)

Trends in efforts to quit smoking also vary by educational level. Adults with a GED certificate, adults with no high school diploma, and adults with a high school diploma historically have had the lowest rates of quitting smoking compared to adults overall. But these data document the relationship when it is too late: Adults don’t drop out of school, children do.

Turning classrooms into learning laboratories
(American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology)

The LearnLab at Carnegie Mellon University takes a high-tech approach to understanding and improving learning.

When A Full-Time Job Isn’t Enough To Make It
(NPR – All Things Considered)
The 28-year-old Emily Doherty needs the extra work so she can make ends meet, plus pay her $500-per-month student loan payment.

Does dim light make us dumber?
(Science Daily)
Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn, indicates groundbreaking research by neuroscientists.

Direct Instruction: The Rodney Dangerfield of curriculum
Did you hear the one about a curriculum with fifty years of research that actually demonstrates its effectiveness? There’s a new meta-analysis in the peer-reviewed journal the Review of Educational Research that looks at over five hundred articles, dissertations, and research studies and documents a half-century of “strong positive results” for a curriculum regardless of school, setting, grade, student poverty status, race, and ethnicity, and across subjects and grades.

Hey Alexa, Can You Help Kids Learn More?
(Education Next)
The next technology that could disrupt the classroom

Some Good Chrome Extensions for Students with Learning Disabilities
(Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
When it comes to accessibility features Chrome web browser does not actually offer much. Chromebook, in contrast, comes with a bunch of interesting accessibility features that you can easily turn on.

How to Teach Teens About Love, Consent and Emotional Intelligence
(KQED – MindShift)
What if lessons in love and romance were taught more explicitly in schools and at home?

How to Use YouTube Video Essays in the Classroom
(KQED – MindShift)
I’ve come to one conclusion: Media-literacy education must deal with YouTube. Ninety-one percent of teens use YouTube. That’s 30 percent more than use Snapchat (61 percent), the next closest social media competitor, and even more than use tech we think of as ubiquitous, like Gmail (79 percent).

How OCD impairs memory and learning in children and adolescents – and what to do about it
(The Conversation)
It is important to stress that children with OCD can be high achievers if they are given support to overcome their OCD symptoms.

1 in 5 college students have anxiety or depression. Here’s why
(The Conversation)
Colleges have to respond on day one and confront the stigma that still follows those with mental illness.

Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News
(Scientific American)
Researchers identify a major risk factor for pernicious effects of misinformation

How One University Connects Students and Mentors With Surprising Success
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Institution type didn’t correlate with the share of recent alumni who strongly agreed they’d had a mentor.

Over Time, Humanities Grads Close the Pay Gap With Professional Peers
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Bachelor’s-degree graduates in engineering and the sciences earn roughly $10,000 to $30,000 more, but humanities majors catch up over time — and humanities majors more effectively close the pay gap between younger and older workers.


About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to the 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, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.
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.