60 Stunning Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The Globe and more in this week’s news roundup!

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60 Stunning Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The Globe
(The Huffington Post)
To celebrate International Women’s Day and honor the importance of global education, we’ve rounded up 60 photos of girls going to school around the world.

Weekly Digest #49: Read to Me: Benefits of Reading to Children
(The Learning Scientists)

In this digest, we wanted to find good resources around the topic of reading to children. What are the benefits of reading to children and immersing them in literature at a young age and are there free online resources that parents can use?

GUEST POST: An Interview with a Writer who Believes that Stories help Science
(The Learning Scientists)
Ulrich Boser is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he examines education issues. He just finished a book titled Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything. He is also the founding director of the Center’s science of learning initiative.

E-xcellence in Teaching: Four Simple Strategies from Cognitive Psychology for the Classroom (Part 1)
(Society for the Teaching of Psychology)

Simple Strategies from Cognitive Psychology for the Classroom

E-xcellence in Teaching: Four Simple Strategies from Cognitive Psychology for the Classroom (Part 2)
(Society for the Teaching of Psychology)
Simple Strategies from Cognitive Psychology for the Classroom (continued)

Researchers create new tool that measures active learning in classrooms
(Science Daily)
A new tool that uses classroom sounds may solve the biggest outstanding question in undergraduate science education, namely, what teaching methods are actually being used in college classrooms, and how can they be monitored?

Education for Sale?
(The Nation)

School choice and the future of American education

Maybe You, Too, Could Become A Super Memorizer

There is such a thing as a memory athlete. These are people who can memorize a truly insane amount of information really quickly, like the order of playing cards in a deck in under 20 seconds, or 200 new names and faces in a matter of minutes. Neuroscientists writing Wednesday in the journal Neuron found these champs of memorization aren’t that different from the rest of us.

Autism And The Drive To Explain And Explore

A paper by researchers M.D. Rutherford and Francys Subiaul, recently published in the journal Autism, offers a fresh approach to investigating our exploratory and explanatory drives by testing whether two populations of children — those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and those without known developmental delays — differ in how they explore and seek explanations in physical and social domains. The results suggest that children with ASD have a heightened drive to explain — but only in the physical domain.

In learning, every moment counts
(Science Daily)
Psychologists have uncovered strong variability in motivation in learning situations.

5 Tips for Writing from Home
(GradPSYCH Blog)

For those of you currently immersed in a large writing project (dissertation, anyone?), taking a day or afternoon to write from home can be a good way to maximize productivity by eliminating time spent on commute, meetings, and putting on real pants.

Loud and Clear
(Inside Higher Ed)

Study details tool to help professors measure how much active learning is happening in their classrooms.

The Cognitive Science Behind Repeating Mistakes
(The Atlantic – video)

In this short video, staff writer Olga Khazan explains the psychological reasons why it’s so hard not to keep repeating mistakes.

The Tyranny of the College Major
(The Atlantic)

Colleges should require students to take more courses outside of their discipline.

Flame retardant chemicals may affect social behavior in young children
(Science Daily)
Some chemicals added to furniture, electronics and numerous other goods to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children, according to a pilot study.

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.
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.