The Psychological Approach to Educating Kids and more in this week’s news roundup

The Psychological Approach to Educating Kids
(The Atlantic) 

Increased focus on kids’ psychological health may seem like the education world’s flavor of the day, but it’s achieving results.

How to Create Retrieval Practice Activities for Elementary Students
(Learning Scientists)
BOTTOM LINE: retrieval practice works well for students of many ages and abilities. But, for some students, writing out everything they know on a blank sheet of paper may be a daunting task that does not lead to much successful retrieval. To increase success, teachers can implement scaffolded retrieval tasks, like the mapping activities presented here. With scaffolding, the students can successfully produce the information and work their way up to recalling the information on their own.

Promoting Metacognition with Retrieval Practice in Five Steps 
(The Effortful Educator) 
There’s nothing inherently wrong with memorization in the classroom, but it becomes much more difficult to just memorize your way through college.

The Science of Learning
(Deans for Impact)
The Science of Learning summarizes existing cognitive-science research on how students learn, and connects it to practical implications for teaching.

Study: Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher
(Education Week)
If a low-income black student has just one black teacher in elementary school, that student is significantly more likely to graduate high school and consider attending college, a new John Hopkins University study has found.

How to Rock That Teaching Job Interview 
Tips for finding the right school for you and for nailing that job interview.

10 Reasons to Complete Your Dissertation Before Internship 
(gradPSYCH Blog) 
GradPSYCH Blog explores the challenges graduate students deal with while juggling a full-time internship and working on their dissertation.

Educating an Original Thinker 
(The Atlantic)
This article talks about how teachers and parents can identify and cultivate children who think creatively and unconventionally.

The Human Zoo 
(APA, Science in Action)
Psychologist Susan Clayton, PhD., through her observations, has learned that zoos make people happy and through exposure to animals, environmental conservation becomes personally relevant.

A New Look At the Lasting Consequence of Student Debt 
(NPR Ed) 
For people aged 30 to 36, analysis shows having any student debt significantly hurts their chances of buying a home, compared to college graduates with no debt.

Elon Musk Isn’t the Only One Trying to Computerize Your Brain
Elon Musk Wants to merge the computer with the human brain, build a “neural lace,” create a “direct cortical interface,” whatever that might look like. In recent months, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI has repeatedly hinted at these ambitions, and then, earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Musk has now launched a company called Neuralink that aims to implant tiny electrodes in the brain “that may one day upload and download thoughts.”

Why Education (Sometimes) Protects People From Conspiracy Theorizing
(Science of Us – New York)
One of the more persistent beliefs about “fake news” and false beliefs in general is that if only people were more educated and knew more about the world around them, they wouldn’t fall victim to these viral ideas.

Opportunity and Limitation: The Culture of Education
(Psychology Today)
Most children will spend at least twelve years of their lives involved in formal education.  In comparison to the average lifespan, this is a relatively short amount of time. And yet, we are very interested in what does or does not happen during that time. Why? Because today’s society is hardwired to label individuals based on their ability to master government-mandated and socially influenced curriculums.

High-Quality Early Education Linked to Stable Employment, Better Long-term Ties with Parents
(Psych Central)
Young children who receive a high-quality education — starting at six weeks old through age five — are more likely to be employed full-time and have stronger relationships with their parents as adults, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Data Science Disconnect
(Inside Higher Ed)
Employers are struggling to hire workers who understand data science, and report says the growing challenge requires fixes by both higher education and businesses.

Electronic synapses that can learn: Towards an artificial brain?
(Science Daily)
Researchers have created an artificial synapse capable of learning autonomously. They were also able to model the device, which is essential for developing more complex circuits.


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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.
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Nick is an education and communications intern with the APA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Nick is a current undergraduate student pursuing a Psychology degree and a minor in Business Administration at the George Washington University. Nick's interests include travel, studying German, history, politics, and economics.