The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory, catching assessment fever and more in this week’s news roundup!

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory
Delivering content—in any class—through a story has positive effects on your students’ information retention.

Catching assessment fever . . . inspiring assessment fervor
(Psychology Teacher Network)
A case study on how to inspire reluctant faculty.

Disparaging Interpretive Dance (and More)?
(Inside Higher Ed)
Kentucky governor sets off debate — and nettles some professors — by suggesting eliminating programs that don’t prepare students for good-paying jobs.

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?
(NPR Ed)
Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?

Cognitive cross-training enhances learning, study finds
(Science Daily)
Just as athletes cross-train to improve physical skills, those wanting to enhance cognitive skills can benefit from multiple ways of exercising the brain, according to a comprehensive new study. The 18-week study of 318 healthy young adults found that combining physical exercise and mild electric brain stimulation with computer-based cognitive training promoted skill learning significantly more than using cognitive training alone. The enhanced learning was skill-specific and did not translate to general intelligence.

Making the most of the Academic Program Review
(Psychology Teacher Network)
Tips from an expert reviewer on the program review process.

Responding to Disruptive Students
Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through this exercise.

Panelists: It’s time to re-think the approach to social-emotional learning in the classroom
(Education Dive)
“I believe if you can’t read, you will have many difficulties in life. If you can’t read situations and people, you’re also going to have many issues,” he said, also noting the importance of understanding that transformational SEL adjustments would also require institutions specializing in teacher education to reassess how they support their own students.

Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years —here are their 6 key takeaways
(Business Insider)
One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.

What American kids can learn from Chinese schools about real “grit”
(Quartz – Tiger Mom 2.0)
To Chu, and many others, there’s a certain brand of over-achieving, privileged American parents, who in their quest to make sure their kids succeed, neuter teachers, thus rendering them less able to teach our kids.

Why ‘Learning Styles’ and Other Education Neuromyths Won’t Go Away
(Education Week)
Chances are you’ve heard someone say recently: “We only use 10 percent of our brains.” Or, “she’s so creative! She must be right-brained.” As it turns out, those are what cognitive scientists call neuromyths: beliefs about how the brain works that just aren’t true, but are neverthless prevalent in popular culture.

Getting a Ph.D. Can Harm Your Mental Health
(How Stuff Works)
Mental health problems are more prevalent in Ph.D. students than in the highly educated population in general, including highly educated employees and students, according to recent research published in the journal Research Policy.

There’s a Big Downside to Praising Your Kid for Being Smart
(Working Mother)
You may think your child is naturally intelligent, but here’s a reason you may not actually want him or her to know that. According to two new studies from the University of Toronto, kids who are praised for being smart or learn that they have a reputation for being bright may be more inclined to cheat on exams, CBS reports.

Professors Get Tired of Teaching but a Gratitude Practice Can Offset Burnout
(Noba Blog)
One of the prerequisites for earning an advanced degree is being a pencil necked geek. In order to become an academic expert, you must sustain a monomaniacal fascination with arcane and highly specified subjects, coupled with an introvert’s ability to spend untold hours in intensive solitary study. Yet these same qualities that served us so well in graduate school often set us up for frustration and struggle as teachers. 

The Stress of Academic Publishing
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The adage is “publish or perish” but everyone knows the odds aren’t even. For most academics who submit a manuscript to a desirable publisher or journal, the painful reality is that perishing is the far more likely outcome.

Combining Effective Learning Strategies
(Learning Scientists)
Those of you who read our blog frequently are not strangers to the six strategies for effective learning. I’m sure you’ve noticed – we talk about these strategies a lot, and also the sky is blue. But for those who aren’t reading our blog every week, here’s a bit of history so that we’re all on the same page. If you’re well versed in all of this, please feel free to skip the next section and get “onto the main point”, how can we combine the strategies to maximize learning?

Could an App Help Teachers Recognize Their Own Biases?
(Education Week – Subscription Required) 
A Michigan State University professor has designed an app that helps teachers recognize their implicit biases using data collected from their own classrooms.

Opportunity or Trap?
(Inside Higher Ed)
Judith S. White offers guidance for when you should or shouldn’t accept a position at an institution with significant “financial challenges.”

Let’s Be Honest: Professional Bullying in Schools Is a Thing
(Education Week – Subscription Required) 
A teacher recently told me about the ridicule she faced when speaking to an audience of teachers at her school. During her presentation, one colleague leaned back in his seat, ripped her handout into squares, crumpled two squares into small balls, stuffed them in his ears, and stared at her with crossed arms. Horrible, right? But—if we are honest—not unfamiliar. Sometimes as teachers, we are not nice to one another.

Teaching the Art of Listening: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom
(Education Week – Subscription Required)
Podcasts are far from a new classroom tool—teachers have been podcasting for more than a decade—but as their popularity continues to rise, teachers are finding new and innovative ways to bring them into the classroom.

Color Coding Recall Attempts to Assess Learning
(Effortful Educator)
Due to Hurricane Irma, I have not seen my students in four days.  We are right in the middle of the most difficult unit of study for the entire year.  To combat this difficulty, I make things easier…but not in the way you may be thinking.

Mental Health & Latino Kids: A Research Review
Latino youth are far more likely than their peers to have mental health issues. These often go unaddressed and untreated. Why?

APA Announces “High Five” Resource to Help Parents Choose Strong Early Childhood Education Programs
(APA Division 15)
The APA Center for Psychology in Schools and Education is excited to share a new resource for parents in search of the best early childhood program. High Five outlines must-ask questions that increase the likelihood of successful growth and development during the early childhood years.

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.
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.