Ask the Cognitive Scientist and more in this week’s news roundup!

Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Do Manipulatives Help Students Learn?
(American Educator)

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field of researchers from psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, and anthropology who seek to understand the mind. In this regular American Educator column, we consider findings from this field that are strong and clear enough to merit classroom application.

Smartphones: Let’s think critically!
(Teaching High School Psychology)

A resource for any teacher of high school psychology, whether AP, IB or Introduction to Psychology.

A Teacher’s Struggle With Student Anxiety
(Education Week – Subscription Required)

Anxiety has become the most significant obstacle to learning among my adolescent students. In a teaching career spanning more than 30 years, I have watched as it has usurped attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which itself displaced “dyslexia,” as the diagnosis I encounter most often among struggling students.

Being Popular: Why it Consumes Teens and Continues to Affect Adults
(Mind/Shift)

Popularity is a loaded word. For many adults, it evokes powerful memories of jockeying for position in high school cafeterias and hallways.

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues
(New York Times)

One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo. Her name is Kayla Delzer. Her third graders adore her. She teaches them to post daily on the class Twitter and Instagram accounts she set up. She remodeled her classroom based on Starbucks. And she uses apps like Seesaw, a student portfolio platform where teachers and parents may view and comment on a child’s schoolwork. Ms. Delzer also has a second calling. She is a schoolteacher with her own brand, Top Dog Teaching.

Imagining Ph.D. Orientation in 2022
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Imagine the orientation for new doctoral students in history five years from now. After the usual opening pleasantries, the director of graduate studies begins with a brief statement about the purpose of the Ph.D. program: Students will be encouraged to become the best historians they can be, and to develop breadth — in whatever form — that opens doors to multiple possible career paths.

The soft skills college students need to succeed now and in the future
(Psychology Student Network)

Transferable skills for success in college and the workplace.

Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway? Audit Of Online University Raises Questions
(NPR Ed)
Who, exactly, is a university teacher? What defines teaching? And how should the profession evolve in an age of rising tuition, worldwide connectivity, and fast-changing job markets? Surprisingly, a recent federal audit of Western Governors University raises these questions.

Talking About Race and Privilege: Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students
(NASP Online)

To accommodate the diversity of school and teacher schedules, this lesson can be presented over multiple class periods or sessions. Teachers and others who will be facilitating this lesson are encouraged to make meaningful connections to other topics being covered in their classes or school curricula (i.e., literature that discusses discrimination or civics/history lessons) as well as relevant current events both in their local communities and throughout the United States.

Development is not a single path
(Deans for Impact)

This post is the fifth in a periodic series exploring common misconceptions around how students learn. We first touched on these misconceptions in our September 2015 report, The Science of Learning, and will be exploring them in more depth over the next few months.

Learning How to Learn Could Be a Student’s Most Valuable Skill
(Education Week – Subscription Required)

When it comes to helping new high school graduates succeed Southwest Baptist University’s Jodi Meadows knows that sometimes you have to start from scratch. Even some of her top college freshmen, she says, never really had to hit the books in high school. They’ve had most learning experiences, from group work to quizzes, structured by their teachers, and don’t know how to learn things on their own.

Classroom Health and Safety
(Media Planet)
Whether you’re an educator, parent or both, the overall safety of children and students should always be our number one priority.

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.