Students and Basic Workplace Skills, Demystifying current watchwords in education and more in this week’s news roundup!

Businesses say students aren’t mastering basic workplace skills. Are they right?
(Hechinger Report)

As employers clamor for better-prepared workers, some states tiptoe into teaching kids employability skills.

Survey: Students Say Schools Don’t Give Them Skills They Need to Succeed After Graduation
(Education Week: 2-Week Free Trial)

Many high school students believe their schools aren’t adequately preparing them for challenges they will face in college, career, and life, a new survey of current and recent students finds.

Hope, Agency, Mastery, And Other Terms Educators Are Redefining
(NPR Education)
Equipping young people to take on their futures is an unfathomably complex job. Across the country, educators rely on ideas from the worlds of psychology, business, technology and many other fields to fuel their efforts. Here’s an attempt to demystify some of the current watchwords in education, especially those that relate to the concept of “personalized learning.”

Forgetting to Remember
(The Learning Scientists)
Forgetting helps us be selective, strategic, about remembering. We don’t get overwhelmed with ALL of the possible information when we try to remember something because our memory system uses certain tricks and hints to help us remember certain things and forget others.

Scientists Improve Mood By Stimulating A Brain Area Above The Eyes
(NPR)

A study of 25 people with epilepsy found that those who had symptoms of depression felt better almost immediately when doctors electrically stimulated an area of the brain just above the eyes, a team reported Thursday in the journal Current Biology.

Harvard Study: Children Who Start School Early More Likely to Get ADHD Diagnosis — Even If They Don’t Have It
(Washington Post – Subscription Required – Free Trial)
Harvard University researchers have found that children who start school up to a year sooner than many of their peers are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD — even if they don’t really have the condition. As a result, large numbers of children may be improperly labeled with the disorder when, instead, they are just immature.

Kids Need More Than Academics at School to Succeed. Doing It Right Is the Trick.
(Washington Post – Subscription Required – Free Trial)
And more recent developmental science helps us to understand why. Students who are exposed to poverty and adversities such as trauma, experience “toxic stress.” The consequences of toxic stress include impairments in working memory, organizing information, regulating behavior, and forming positive relationships. It can also slow recovery and resilience against physical health problems and mental illness.

Being Fair: The Benefits of Early Childhood Education
(Science Daily)
Getting a jump on a low-income child’s education can have a positive effect on social behavior even 40 years later, researchers find.

Improving Student Motivation and Engagement
(Flypaper)
Choice and relevancy are two arrows in the teacher’s quiver to engage and push children to academic heights. But there are lots of others. Interest and engagement may result in rigor, but it can also be a way of encouraging students merely to fall back on the familiar. As Dan Willingham reminds us in Why Don’t Students Like School, the mind is not designed for thinking, but for avoiding it.

Anne Arundel [MD] Police, Schools Partner to Aid Students Who Experience Trauma
(Capital Gazette)
Anne Arundel County police and educators are working to create a continuum of care for students who experience trauma as they return to the classroom.

Scientists Decode Mechanism of Remembering – and Forgetting – in Fruit Flies
(Science Daily)
Researchers have shown for the first time the physiological mechanism by which a memory is formed and then subsequently forgotten. The research, which was done in fruit flies, looked at the synaptic changes that occur during learning and forgetting. The investigators found that a single dopamine neuron can drive both the learning and forgetting process.

A Great Website for Science Teachers and Students
(Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
Young Science Lab is an educational platform developed out of a partnership between Discovery Education and 3M. It provides a wide variety of interactive and engaging activities, standards-aligned resources and teaching tools to help students with their science learning.

The Top Three Education Priorities, in Order
(Filling the Pail)
Once behaviour and curriculum are right, we can begin to look at teaching methods. It’s not really viable to ask ‘what is the most effective way to teach’ until we know what we are trying to achieve.

Forgiveness
(Academic Minute)
Want to reduce your stress? Try forgiveness. The take-home message for students is, don’t hurry through your training. “Take your time, invest in the experience, and forge lifelong relationships with your teachers and mentors,” he says. “It cost me two years of earnings to do my post-doc, but it has paid annual dividends, so-to-speak, ever since. Invest early and heavily in experiences and relationships that will yield career-long returns.”

Mindfulness Can Help PhD Students Shift From Surviving to Thriving
(The Conversation)
Concern has been growing about the prevalence of mental health issues (such as depression and anxiety) among PhD candidates. A survey of more than 2,000 graduate research students from 26 countries published this year found they were six times as likely to experience depression or anxiety as the general population.

Study Aims to Provide Clearer Picture of How Digital Devices Affect Kids
(University of Alberta’s Folio)
U of A researcher offers three tips for parents to reduce their children’s screen time—and a chance to take part in the new study.

Do Brain Waves Conduct Neural Activity Like a Symphony?
(Scientific American)
A dispute at a big neuroscience meeting erupts over whether the field needs new thinking about the way clusters of neurons process information

Seniors Think What They’ve Learned Will Help Them Do Their Jobs. Do Employers Agree?
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Even at a time of low unemployment, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing in recent years about how well-prepared college graduates are for work. Maybe that’s because the escalating price tag of tuition and the growing debt burden from student loans put pressure on a degree’s ROI.

One School’s Mission To Teach Kids Whose Lives Have Been Hijacked By Trauma
(Huffington Post)

A South Bronx school started by a child welfare agency has gradually found answers for educating youth in foster care.

Duchess of Cambridge reveals studying psychology at university inspired her charity work
(Yahoo News)

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed she studied psychology at university, as she discussed the importance of early intervention with vulnerable young children.

Taking the “Manage” Out of Classroom Management
(Catlin Tucker)

I have not had to adopt a set of strategies to manage my students. Instead, my goal is to create clear routines, expectations, and boundaries and allow my students to lead the learning.

Undergraduate Psychology Students Need Help in Getting Research Experience
(Psychreg)

Any efficient career adviser will tell you that any graduate employer, or even those reviewing postgraduate study applications, will seek an overview of your relevant experience that you have engaged in throughout the course of your undergraduate degree. However, psychology students in particular find themselves receiving mixed messages from career advisers, lecturers or academic advisers.

What happens when you start vacuuming in the middle of a fraternity party?
(VCU News)

A VCU psychology class is experimenting with breaking social norms.

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 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, collecting mid-century modern furniture and spending time with her dog, Becky.

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