Charlottesville, SEL Skills Defined, and more in this weeks news Roundup

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Letter to Mayor of Charlottesville in Response to the Discriminatory Violence
APA offers its condolences to the Charlottesville community for the loss and trauma experienced as a result of the violence that occurred.

U-Va professor: “What good is education in the face of someone who closes their mind to facts?”
(The Washington Post)
Educators, as University of Virginia psychology professor Daniel Willingham writes, “might be particularly dejected” by the deadly weekend violence in Charlottesville that was sparked when white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members marched and clashed with counterprotesters.

Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville
(NPR Ed)
How should educators confront bigotry, racism and white supremacy? The incidents in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend pushed that question from history to current events.

Teachers Share Resources For Addressing Charlottesville Hate Rally in the Classroom
(Education Week Teacher – Subscription Required – free trial)
For many teachers, a pall has been cast over the first few days of school.

How parents and Teachers can Talk to Kids About Violence in Charlottesville
(ABC News)
After the protests and deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, kids may have a lot of questions for their parents and it can be challenging to find the explanations.

Social and Emotional Skills: Everybody Loves Them, But Still Can’t Define Them
More and more, people in education agree on the importance of schools’ paying attention to stuff other than academics.

Bite-Size SEL Lessons

Snack time can be an opportunity for social and emotional learning instead of simply a pit stop for hungry kids.

Life at home affects kids at school, some more than others
(Science Daily)
Some children are more susceptible to changes than others. They carry the relationship with their parents to school with them. Genetics can help explain why.

Out With The Old, In With The New? Benefits of Reading to Children from E-Books versus Print Books
(The Learning Scientists)
Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel takes a look at a recent study that has revealed an additional factor that may further increase the cognitive benefits children can gain from being read to: Reading from an e-book instead from a traditional print book.

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program
(NPR Ed)
It was the year 2000 and Maine’s governor at the time, Angus King, was excited about the Internet. The World Wide Web was still relatively young but King wanted every student in the state to have access to it.

Belief in neuromyths is extremely common
(Medical Press)
Researchers have surveyed educators, the public and people who have completed neuroscience courses, to assess their belief in neuromyths. Neuromyths are common misconceptions about brain research, many of which relate to learning and education. They found that belief in neuromyths is extremely common and that training in education and neuroscience helped to reduce these beliefs, but did not eliminate them.

Do schools matter less than we think?
(The Learning Spy)
Disturbingly for all of us involved in education, it seems as if schools and teaching may matter a lot less than we would like to believe.

Kids’ Brains Need More Downtime, Research Shows
Children and teenagers have become busier than ever. But neurologists and psychologists say pushing kids to be constantly learning and practicing, even during summer vacation, is not good for them.

How to Turn Schools into Health Hubs
(Salud Today)
If you’re a teacher or health worker, you already know that students who are healthy also perform better in the classroom.

Awkward! The tough transition to Middle School
There is a reason why when people post pictures of themselves during their middle school years on Facebook for “Throwback Thursday,” we all stop and take notice.

Millions of Kids will get suspended this year. Students’ emotions—not discipline—are key to better classrooms
(FOX News Opinion)
Over three million students were suspended for acting out in class this past school year. Tens of millions more completely shut down learning with their antics. Disciplining these unruly students won’t change their behavior because it won’t address the root cause — emotional turmoil. People’s frontal lobes, the part of the brain that processes emotions and governs behavior, don’t fully develop until age 25.   Kids simply can’t tune out feelings of hurt, stress, fear, and anxiety the way adults can.

E-xcellence in Teaching Essay: That’s What She Said: Educating Students about Plagiarism
(Society for the Teaching of Psychology)
Dealing with plagiarism is one of the more unpleasant aspects of our job as instructors. There is the sinking feeling you get when you suspect plagiarism, the moment that your Google search returns the exact passage from your student’s paper, the uncomfortable conversation with the student, the documentation to your department, and the potential hearing with the honor board. I would venture to say most of us have either dealt with these ourselves or at least supported another colleague through the process.

Psychological harm and school choice
The possibility of a new federal tax credit for private-school choice has highlighted the lack of legal protections for LGBT students in school settings.

Discovering Better Ways to Learn as an Adult
(KQED Mindshift)
In Learn Better, Boser explores the research literature, interviews psychologists and cognitive scientists, and even tries out promising educational techniques on his two daughters, taking them to math classes employing the abacus, an ancient Chinese counting tool. He also adopts research-based approaches himself.

Things to do to make STEAM Learning (more!) Fun
(TED – Video)
Science, technology, engineering, art and math talks that will make school classes feel a little fresher.

8 Habits of Successful Students
(College Info Geek)
What separates truly successful students who have it together and do well in all areas of their lives, from the ones who just do well on the academic side of things?

Foster A Growth Mindset in Your Class Using These Strategies
(Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’.

Tell Me about Your Research, This Time with Feeling
(Scientific American)
Just as art engenders emotion, science communication must identify and develop emotional connections with the public

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.
Nick Bornstein
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.