Welcome to Graduate School and more in this week’s news roundup!

Welcome to Graduate School
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Six key lessons to help master’s and doctoral students thrive in their first year.

How Parents Can Promote Academic, Social-Emotional and Lifelong Skills
(Future of Personal Health)
Students flourish when they’re given realistic goals and constructive feedback and have strong adult role models. Learn more about how you can help children achieve their best in the classroom.

There’s a new call for Americans to embrace Chinese-style education. That’s a huge mistake.
(Washington Post)

A recent article published in the journal Developmental Psychology summarizing findings of over 1,400 published studies found that harsh control and psychological are the biggest predictors of worsening behavior problems over time. Other damages include social emotional problems: lower social competency, high anxiety, less resourcefulness, less maturity, and lower morality.

Praising Children May Encourage Them to Cheat
(Psychology Today)

Distinguishing between ability praise and performance praise.

How The Threat To End Loan Forgiveness Could Hurt Access To Care
(APA Monitor on Psychology)

A federal program that pays off education loans in exchange for work with underserved communities is at risk

Doing Projects vs. Project Based Learning PBL
(New Tech Learning)

This graphic captures the difference between doing projects as a culminating “dessert” event of a traditionally taught unit and a PBL unit that starts with a complex and engaging challenge, but it also calls out the needed pauses in the process to reflect on what is being learned and how it is being learned.

How college students can tackle common psychological problems
(Grad Psych Blog)

Completing a college degree can be a hard ball game and not everyone can hit it out of the park. I think we all can agree that college life often brings up tough challenges that can break even the strongest of students if they are not able to handle them well.

How To Tackle Tough Topics In The Classroom
(APA Monitor on Psychology)

In an age of polarized opinions, psychology educators are amplifying their efforts to promote more understanding

The Heart of Psychological Science: A TEDx story
(Pedagogical Pundit)

If you had just a few minutes to summarize why your discipline is important, what would you say? Let’s say you taught a broad survey course such as Introduction to Psychology and I charge you to filter down the key elements of the entire 15 week course down to the time it takes you to hard boil an egg (a little more than 12 minutes for those of you who have not boiled one recently). Know what you would say?

Episode 3 – Bite-Size Research on Retrieval Practice Formats
(Learning Scientists)

Retrieval practice improves learning, and we can be pretty sure of this based on a century of research. However, the type of format you use is not likely to make a huge difference to learning.

The Psychologist Guide to University Life
(British Psychological Society)

Ella Rhodes brings us evidence-based tips for new students of any subject, kindly sponsored by Routledge Psychology.

How Can Teachers Approach Race & Implicit Bias in the Classroom?
(Education Week)

What are your recommendations for how all teachers, especially those of us who are white, can approach race and implicit bias in the classroom?

Stanford psychologist recognized with $4 million prize for education research
(Stanford News)

Stanford psychology Professor Carol Dweck was named a recipient of the inaugural Yidan Prize on Tuesday and will receive approximately $4 million in recognition of her innovative contributions to education and to fund future research initiatives.

When Principals Forget How Learning Works
(Education Week)

This is my 22nd year of teaching. In that time, I’ve had eight principals. Every year, without fail, there’s something new and different to learn. New content standards, cooperative learning strategies, positive behavior support, Thinking Maps, curriculum to support English learners, culturally responsive teaching, Accelerated Reader, Reciprocal Teaching, Step Up to Writing, portfolios, Love and Logic, Growth Mindset. You get the picture. It’s a sushi-conveyer belt of educational fix-alls designed to solve every possible issue facing our schools.

Embedded Phenomena: Increasing comprehension of STEM concepts using body and space
(Learning Scientists)

Two weeks ago, I went to the conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) in Potsdam, Germany. One of the talks that I attended intrigued me so much that I decided there and then that I needed to write a blog post about it. The talk was presented by Dr Allison Jaeger, who is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Temple University, USA. In her research she investigates the benefits of students using their body and the classroom space to better understand complex concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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.
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.