Halloween Provides A Look Into Human Psychology and more in this week’s news roundup!

Halloween Provides A Look Into Human Psychology
(NPR Cosmos & Culture)

Three psychologists used Halloween to better understand how children differentiate fantasy from reality.

Learning Tips for Students
(Teach Psych)

What can students do to efficiently learn and remember? Cognitive science offers answers.

Building Empathy in Children: Lessons From Early Childhood Education
(Ed Week – Subscription Required)

Empathy is critical to developing the global competency of students. Today, Stefanie Paige Wieder, a child development expert with over 20 years of experience working with families and educators, shares lessons and resources for building empathy in students.

How A Happy School Can Help Students Succeed
(NPR Ed)

There’s still a lot of work to be done in terms of defining, and measuring, a school’s climate.

Black Students Are Less Likely To Get Suspended When They Have Black Teachers
(Huffington Post)

Black students are routinely punished more harshly in school than white counterparts. However, new research shows there may be a relatively simple fix for this disparity: more black teachers.

Where Ph.D.s Work and What They Earn
(Inside Higher Ed)

New analysis points to workplace gaps in nonacademic employment and salaries of those who earn doctorates in humanities vs. those in other fields. Gender gaps apparent as well.

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed
(NY Times)

In scores of rigorously conducted studies, social psychologists have demonstrated that brief experiences can have a powerful and long-lasting impact on students’ academic futures by changing their mind-sets before they get to college.

Is Attending the ‘Best’ High School Academically Irrelevant?
(The Atlantic)

A new study shows that the competition to get into selective-enrollment schools may not be worth it.

Broca and Wernicke Are Dead – Its Time to Rewrite the Neurobiology of Language
(The British Psychological Society)

Flick through any neuropsychology textbook and you’ll hear about the nineteenth century pioneers Paul Broca and Carl Wernicke, who showed that language production and comprehension are subserved by two distinct brain regions, which came to be known as Broca’s and Wernicke’s area, respectively. You’ll learn too about another neurology pioneer, Norman Geschwind who described how these two regions are joined by a key connective tract – the arcuate fasciculus.

Teaching Children of Color: Love vs. ‘Tough Love’
(Education Week – sign up required)

When educators talk about grit as it relates to children of color in high-poverty schools, they often forget the role of kindness and compassion, Justin Minkel writes.

Helping New Teachers Through Their Hardest Days
(Education Week – sign up required)

During new teachers’ “disillusionment phase” in October and November, it’s critical for experienced teachers to be honest about how tough teaching can be, Roxanna Elden writes.

15 Funny and Inspiring Teaching Memes to Help You Survive the Rest of DEVOLSON
(We Are Teachers)
DEVOLSON is long and tiring, but these funny and inspiring teacher memes can help you power through.

Response: Teachers Should Examine ‘Biases’ When Discussing ‘Sensitive’ Topics
(Education Week- sign up required)
The new “question-of-the-week” is: What are good strategies teachers can use when exploring “controversial” topics?

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.