Rewire your Brain, Loan Forgiveness and more in this week’s Roundup!

Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain
(The New York Times)
Prestigious universities have spent millions and employ hundreds of professionally trained videographers, editors and producers to create their massive open online courses, known as MOOCs. The Oakleys put together their studio with equipment that cost $5,000.

New Fears For Public Service Loan Forgiveness
(NPR Ed)
A legal motion the Department of Education filed yesterday could have big ramifications for half a million teachers, social workers, police officers and other public servants. The motion asserts that there has been no final decision on whether these people will have their student debt forgiven, as they had believed.

Are We Losing Play Without a ‘Purpose’?
(Education Week)
“Many parents may not recognize the positive role that unstructured, child-led play can have on their children’s development, despite the scientific research linking this type of play to the development of problem-solving skills, social cooperation, resiliency, and creativity,” the report found.

How To Improve Your Metacognition and Why It Matters
(The Learning Scientists)
A crucial aspect of learning is to know when you can stop studying a specific topic and move to the next or when to wrap-up studying altogether. A straightforward strategy would be to stop when you think you have mastered the topic. For this strategy to be successful, you need to have a good idea about what you know and what you don’t know (yet). Our metacognition is in charge of exactly that: It is the knowledge of our knowledge.

What Works For Getting Kids to Enjoy Reading?
(KQED – MindShift)
I said at the outset that our goal is simply to get kids reading—it’s reading, not positive attitudes toward reading that will make for better lexical representations and broader background knowledge. But then we saw that reading attitudes, reading self-image, and frequency of reading are interconnected.

The Art of Neuroscience
(Scientific American)
Gray, white and wet, an image of the brain by itself can repulse more often than inspire. But when researchers and artists look past its outward appearance, they can reveal thrilling images of the organ that the rest of us would otherwise never see. Though many of these images resulted from lab work and research into how our nervous system functions, they easily stand alone as art—clearly a neuroscience degree is not necessary to appreciate the brain’s intricacies.

What I wish I knew about junior year
(Chicago Tribune)
here were a lot of things high school movies — a staple of my youth as I hoped pop culture had all the answers — forgot to mention. They never showed that stressful period during junior year, instead showing either the end of the journey or the beginning.

Students Say Schools Do Poor Job of Preparing Them for College
(Education Week)
A new survey of 55,000 high school students across the country finds that only about half say their schools are doing a good job.

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.