The Emotional Challenges of Student Veterans and More In This Week’s News Roundup

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The Emotional Challenges of Student Veterans on Campus
(The Conversation)
In the military, service members felt a sense of brotherhood, became leaders and found a life of meaning and purpose. In higher education, however, many student veterans experience isolation rather than belonging.

Helping military service members complete college
(The Conversation)
Colleges, policymakers and researchers should continue trying new paths to get military members college degrees, but my research suggests that CLEP is a viable one.

Can teaching cause learning?
(Filling the Pail)
As the Queen in Through the Looking Glass suggests, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Perhaps that’s where the disconnect lies. Here we all are in the real world, trying to teach kids stuff, whereas some education academics have gone down a rabbit hole or through the looking glass.

Simplistic advice for teachers on how to teach won’t work
(The Conversation)
Advice to teachers on teaching should be based on rich, persuasive and justifiable evidence. This advice should also acknowledge the diverse range of desirable learning outcomes prescribed in national curriculums worldwide.

Just the facts
(The Monitor on Psychology)
A neuroscientist PhD working at the Washington Post? Yes. Learn how Laura Helmuth’s passion for science & journalism lead her to top editorials jobs with some of the best-known publishers in media.

Principals Support Social-Emotional Learning, but 83% Don’t Know How to Measure Its Success, Study Finds
(The 74)
While 95 percent of principals said they are committed to cultivating SEL skills in their students, only one-third have plans to implement SEL across their entire school, and only 38 percent have plans to implement it for some students.

Kids, Would You Please Start Fighting?
(New York Times)
Good arguments are wobbly: a team or family might rock back and forth but it never tips over. If kids don’t learn to wobble, they never learn to walk; they end up standing still.

Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully
Tools and resources for teaching controversial topics and building students’ argumentation skills.

The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning
(Education Week – special report)
Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are backing it with hundreds of millions of dollars. States from Florida to Vermont have adopted supportive laws and policies. And school districts across the country are embracing this emerging education trend.

Is a Good Teacher One Who Makes Kids Happy or One Who Raises Test Scores?
(Education Week – subscription required, free trial)
On average, teachers who are good at raising test scores are worse at making students happy and engaged in school, a new study finds.

Tips and Tricks for Spaced Learning
(3-Star Learning Experiences)
Repeatedly retrieving knowledge from long-term memory strengthens memory traces so that we learn more effectively. The question is, how can you best (help to) spread learning to facilitate this?

New strategies for reducing achievement gap
(Science Daily)
Child-Parent Center program led to literacy gains in St. Paul Public schools

The Cornerstone of Social and Emotional Learning
You can monitor your school’s SEL progress using these 10 guidelines.

Two adage-worthy behaviors of committees in higher education
(Inside Higher Ed)
Much of our institutions’ decision making goes through committee meetings or the inevitable email chains before and after meetings, but rare is the person who finds committees exciting or sexy, much less rewarding.

Lessons from one job interview can help you in the next one (essay)
(Inside Higher Ed)
What can a[n academic] job candidate do after an interview to improve as an interviewee? This essay offers suggestions on how to make each job interview a valuable learning experience, whether you ultimately land the job or not.

4 Tools to Help Kids Develop Empathy and Cultural Humility
(KQED – MindShift)
Check out these picks developed from the We All Teach SEL blog series to help kids reflect on their own views and work toward the welfare of others.

GUEST POST: The Dark Side of Interleaving
(The Learning Scientists)
But what about interleaving retrieval practice with new learning? Could that work? In this blog post, Dr. Wilford tells us that having learners switch quickly between retrieval practice and new learning can actually be a bad idea.

Childhood Music Training Induces Change in Micro and Macroscopic Brain Structure: Results from a Longitudinal Study
(Cerebral Cortex)
As part of an ongoing longitudinal study, we investigated the effects of music training on the developmental trajectory of children’s brain structure, over two years, beginning at age 6.

Learning machines
(Code Acts in Education)
Current trends in machine learning, data analytics, deep learning, and artificial intelligence, however, complicate human-centred psychological accounts about learning.

9 Social-Emotional Skills Preschoolers Need
(We Are Teachers)
Download this free infographic to learn about the social-emotional 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.