The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games and much more in this week’s news roundup!

The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games
(The Atlantic)
Seven psychologists reviewed every single scientific paper put forward to support these products—and found them wanting.

Brain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test
(NPR Shots)

Want to be smarter? More focused? Free of memory problems as you age? If so, don’t count on brain games to help you.

How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go — Starting With The Supermarket
(NPREd)

Picture this: You’re in the supermarket with your hungry preschooler in tow. As you reach into the dairy case, you spot a sign with a friendly cartoon cow. It reads: “Ask your child: Where does milk come from? What else comes from a cow?”

Has Trump’s Campaign Rhetoric Really Caused an Increase in School Bullying?
(Ed Week)

With a little more than a month to go in the presidential campaigns, the nation’s largest teachers’ union launched a push Monday to tie Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “inflammatory rhetoric” to an increase in bullying in America’s schools.

Response: Metacognition Is a ‘Catalyst for Action’
(Ed Week)

This is the second post in a five-part series on the topic of metacognition in the classroom.

It Feels as Though We Learn Better Via our Preferred Learning Style but We Don’t
(The British Psychological Society)

The idea that we learn more effectively when we’re taught via our preferred “learning style” – such as through pictures, written words, or by sound – is popular with students and teachers alike. A recent survey found that 93 per cent of British teachers believe in the idea. But time and again laboratory tests have failed to find support for the concept of learning styles.

Support Seminars: How to Prepare Students for High School and Beyond
(Edutopia)

If you want to meet the needs of your diverse student body, below are tips on how NMSA structures, schedules, and staffs their daily support seminars, as well as tips on how they build study, social-emotional, and college readiness skills in the classroom.

Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color
(NPR)
Regardless of their own race, students had more favorable perceptions of teachers of color, according to a new study from New York University.

How Teens’ Penchant For Risk-Taking May Help Them Learn Faster
(Mind Shift)
The teenage brain has been characterized as a risk-taking machine, looking for quick rewards and thrills instead of acting responsibly. But these behaviors could actually make teens better than adults at certain kinds of learning.

Family-centered pre-kindergarten provides a strong foundation for children’s mental health and school success
(Science Daily)
A family-centered, school-based intervention in pre-kindergarten programs developed at NYU Langone Medical Center, known as ParentCorps, has a positive and lasting impact on mental health and academic performance, according to new research published online October 3 in JAMA Pediatrics.

7 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School
(Edutopia)
Learn to access the right data: the why (why do your students not get it?) and the how (how can you reteach content to stick?).

Helping Troubled Students, One Relationship at a Time
(Edutopia)
Many students don’t trust anyone at school. To address that, we asked teachers to forge one-on-one bonds with these kids.

Engaging Parental Support for Smarter Thinking
(Edutopia)
Parents can help develop their children’s executive function by modeling inquiry and reasoning, demonstrating real-world uses for what they learn in school, and creating an ideal study space.

How to Be Off the Tenure Track and Love It
(Inside Higher Ed)
Gina Brandolino explores four common misconceptions about non-tenure-track jobs.

New Compilation on Graduate Education
(Inside Higher Ed)
Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today our latest print-on-demand compilation, “Key Trends in Graduate and Professional Education: Attracting Students in Changing Times.”

Could A Growth Mindset Help Teens Cope With Stress?
(Mind Shift)
High school is a big transition for many students. Not only are they juggling many classes and extracurricular activities, but social pressures increase as well. For many teenagers the stress piles up, leading to depression, anxiety and sleep loss. The pressure to do well, get into a good college, and succeed in life is a big burden for many, but psychology professor David S. Yeager is hopeful that mindset interventions could help teens become more resilient to the stress.

About the Author

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.