Implicit Bias in Preschool, Mindfullness in the Classroom and More in This Week’s Roundup

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Bias Isn’t Just A Police Problem, It’s A Preschool Problem
A new study by researchers at Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble.

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn
When mindfulness teacher Laurie Grossman instructed a class at Reach Academy to let their eyes rest and close so they could focus on their breathing, one student’s eyes remained wide open. Instead of following Grossman’s cues, the student refused to close her eyes and stared at her friend.

ADHD drugs no help with homework
Giving stimulants to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may not help them complete homework or get better grades, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the effectiveness of medication against behavioral interventions in 75 children that attended a summer school program with classes each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for eight weeks.

Most Kids in America Aren’t on Track for Success. Why Don’t They and Their Parents Know it?
In May, a new organization called Learning Heroes released a survey with a startling finding: 90 percent of parents believe that their children are performing at “grade level” or higher in their schoolwork. Setting aside the debate over what “grade level” even means, by any reasonable definition many of these parents, if they are being frank with the pollsters and themselves, are sorely misinformed. In fact, only about a third of U.S. teenagers leave high school ready for credit-bearing college courses.

Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress
(New York Times)
Almost four million American teenagers have just started their freshman year of high school. Can they learn better ways to deal with all that stress and insecurity? New research suggests they can. Though academic and social pressures continue to pile on in high school, teenagers can be taught effective coping skills to skirt the pitfalls of anxiety and depression.

Writing By Hand Helps Student Cognition In A Specific Way
Current research proves that kids learn better when the hand is engaged in the writing process.

Should we spend more time designing multiple choice questions? a) Yes b) No
In this post I’d like to look at formative assessment design, specifically multiple choice questions (MCQs), and I will argue why I need to spend more time focussing on designing these and probably less time on how ‘funky’ my resources look.

Infographic: The Impact of Poverty on the Brain
(We are Teachers)
Did you know? A child’s family situation and socioeconomic status can cause differences in the brain that impact literacy, cognitive function, and more. But these gaps and deficits can be overcome.

How to improve student persistence and completion
(Inside Higher Ed)
For years, our prevailing view of student retention has been shaped by theories that view student retention through the lens of institutional action and ask what institutions can do to retain their students. Students, however, do not seek to be retained. They seek to persist. The two perspectives, although necessarily related, are not the same. Their interests are different.

What Is Metacognition? Let’s Think About It
(BAm!Radio – Classroom Q & A)
What is metacognition?  How do we develop it?  How do we teach it? Join us as  we think about it together.

Getting Into Graduate School: Your Roadmap For Success!
(Psych Learning Curve)
Come June of every summer, I start getting emails from individuals that wanted to go to graduate school in psychology, but didn’t get any offers. The exact questions may be different, but the theme is the same:  Why didn’t I get into graduate school, and what can I do better?

Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers
What does it mean to declare that #blacklivesmatter in education? Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called “corporate-backed,” “market driven” “privatization” in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question.

How to Live Less Anxiously in Academe
(The Chronicle for Higher Education)
So for those of you who have grown tired of this futile moaning and wish to do something about it, we will suggest four steps toward an alternative academic career. These steps are not fast-track routes to scholarly excellence, but neither are they suicidal, careerwise. We’re both living examples. True, we may not be singled out as role models in our institutions; for starters, our publication records are too short and too nonacademic in orientation. Yet we’re largely left alone to pursue our broader interests, which is all we ask for.

Reimbursing interns, increasing care
(Monitor on Psychology)
It is already hard for many psychology graduate students to find high-quality internships. The fact that training programs in 34 states cannot be reimbursed by Medicaid—the government insurance program for those with low incomes and limited resources—for the work of their highly skilled interns makes it even harder. The result? Less access to care for vulnerable patients who are already among the most underserved in the nation.

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.