America’s Teens Are Extremely Stressed Out About School Shootings and more in this week’s news roundup

America’s Teens Are Extremely Stressed Out About School Shootings
A whopping 75 percent of Gen Z respondents in the poll said mass shootings are a significant source of stress. Seventy-two percent said the same about school shootings. (The other age cohorts, particularly Gen X and baby boomers, were much less stressed about these events.)

Two Riddles To Get Students Practicing Problem Solving Tricks
(KQED – Mind/Shift)
Riddles are a great way to get kids thinking logically, testing predictions, using math and even collaborating.

How to Explain… Schema
(The Learning Spy)
Because we have no capacity to introspect our long-term memories no one has any idea what actually happens in there. We know we must have a long-term memory because we can think about something, stop thinking about it and think about it again later. Where does it go in between? We have no idea but this is what we call memory.

Why the ‘Reading Wars’ Are a Waste of Time
(Washington Post – Subscription Required, Free Trial)
The conflict to which University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham refers is the one over how to teach kids to read — specifically, the never-ending argument that pits phonics against whole language, erupting in new skirmishes every few years, including right now.

In the News: Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?
(Education Next)
Many teachers will tell you they learned something different about how children learn to read in their teacher preparation programs

Running Start … to a Great Career: Running for Office
(APA’s Practice Update)
Psychologists can make a difference in the lives of their entire community.

Lots (and Lots) of Teachers Are Running For Office This Year. Here’s Why. (Video)
(Education Week)
Incensed over low teacher pay, outdated textbooks, and crumbling facilities, teachers this past spring staged protests across the country to bring public awareness to a years-long public school budget crisis.

How the Brain Decides What to Learn
(Science Daily)
Neuroscientists know a lot about how our brains learn new things, but not much about how they choose what to focus on while they learn. Now, researchers have traced that ability to an unexpected place.

Survival of the Fittest… Ideas in Your Head
(Filling the Pail)
One component of Cognitive Load Theory that does not draw much attention is the parallel that John Sweller and Susan Sweller draw between biological evolution as an information processing system and the mind as an information processing system.

(Inside Higher Ed – Academic Minute, Audio)
Neurodiversity is a growing social movement. In today’s Academic Minute, Landmark College’s Ken Gobbo discusses this movement and how it can help find strengths where only weakness was seen before.

What Does Improvement Science Look Like In Real Classrooms?
(KQED – Mind/Shift)
Improvement science is based on the idea that practitioners — in this case teachers — are best positioned to test new ideas and know what works and what doesn’t. Teachers engage in rapid cycles of developing a change idea, testing it, collecting data on it, and reflecting on whether it achieved the stated goal or should be altered.

Rethinking the Purpose of Education
(Real Clear Education)
If most politicians — on both left and right, “liberal” and “conservative,” Democrat and Republican — could have their way, “education” would mean little more than training docile cogs to enter the “workforce.”

Professors Are the Likeliest Mentors for Students, Except Those Who Aren’t White
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The study explored three aspects of the college experience for undergraduates: mentoring, whether they had found career advice helpful, and whether they had found college to be academically challenging. Social sciences is number three of the professors who do the most mentoring.

Understanding Sample Sizes and the Word “Significant”
(The Learning Scientists)
In “the real world,” significant means noteworthy, or worthy of attention. However, this is not what scientists typically mean when they say significant.

The Secret to Student Success? Teach Them How to Learn.

How can we teach that poor grades don’t indicate failure, but rather that we haven’t found the correct learning strategy? Enter research.

The Neuroscience of Hate Speech
(New York Times)

Humans are social creatures who are easily influenced by the anger and rage that are everywhere these days.

Destress The Classroom: Bringing Mindfulness To Students And Teachers

Walk into any busy classroom and you may feel like you’ve entered a tornado. Kids talking, teachers trying to get through content while navigating different requests, and the inevitable interruptions. When trying to manage the chaos, sometimes the most helpful thing is to just slow down.

How Children Learn to Recognize Faces
(New York Times)

Halloween masks and makeup can be disorienting to children who are still developing the skill.

It’s Everyone’s Halloween
(Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center)

Being aware of less obvious Halloween issues year-round can help reduce the hallmarks of bullying. Each year at this time, parents are inundated with articles and to-dos about Halloween safety: Don’t trick-or-treat alone. Use a flashlight. Don’t knock on doors with the porch light off. But there are other aspects of Halloween to consider that deal with children’s health — specifically, their mental health.

Generation Z Reports Poor Mental Health and Increased Stress, Study Finds
(Teen Vogue)

Generation Z is the most likely of all generations to report poor mental health, according to an annual report released Tuesday, October 30, by the American Psychological Association. Only 45% of Gen Z, people ages 15 to 21, said their mental health was “excellent” or “very good,” and stress over gun violence and other “headline issues” was partially to blame.

Research Evidence On Bullying Prevention At Odds With What Schools Are Doing
(The Hechinger Report)

Punishing the bullies doesn’t really help, researchers say. But what does work?

Generation Z Is Massively Stressed Out
(The Fix)
Generation Z is also the most likely to report mental health conditions, according to a new survey.

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's passion for advancing the conversation around mental health, coupled with her background in marketing has made for an exciting career at the American Psychological Association. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Emerson College and her graduate degree in Public Health Communications from the George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health here in Washington, DC. In her free time Amanda loves hiking, pyrography, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.

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