Well Done! Good Job! Excellent! But Temper Your Enthusiasm

Psychology faculty need to offer praise as well as criticism, but sometimes teachers go too far in one or the other direction. What's are some best practices for offering appropriate feedback on student work, such as writing, exams, presentations, and so on?

Creative Mess, Creative Clutter

A teacher's or a student's cluttered workspace might actually be a source of creativity.

When Less is Actually More in the Psychology Classroom

Remembering and applying the Zeigarnik Effect to promote good teaching.

Timely Tips for New College Teachers

Some helpful suggestions for a first venture in teaching psychology, whether in a traditional (face-to-face) or virtual (online) classroom.

Stylish Academic Writing? Really? Yes, Really!

Teachers who write or teach writing to psychology students can still learn new lessons and refine both crafts.

Desert Island Musings: If Only One, Which Would You Take?

If you were on a desert island, what work of psychology would you want along for solace and sustenance? Why?

Avoiding Teaching Tedium

Some psychology teachers will secretly admit they don't like teaching—but maybe it's how they go about teaching that is the real problem.

Much Ado About MOOCs

MOOCs are probably not the educational answer. They may present new problems, including some new forms of elitism.

College Choice Time: How to Choose Well

May 1 is the traditional date on which high school seniors must (finally) decide their college choice for the following fall. What issues should they consider when making this oh-so-important choice?

Underscoring a Learning Practice that Just Doesn’t Work

Yellow marks--underlining and highlighting draw our attention but do little for our learning. Can we and our students break this unhelpful habit?

Teacher's Pet

Caring for a dog offers a variety of benefits to round out a teaching life.

Grade Grudge or What Ever Happened to the Honestly Earned C?

The psychology of the problematic C grade: What does it mean? Can the grade still be useful rather than stigmatized?

College Costs: A Psychology of Dollars and (Common) Sense

Based on some intriguing economic data, college is not just an expensive and important investment--who pays is linked with grades and graduating. Parents and students need to talk about cost and the responsibilities entailed on both sides.

A New Year's Memory, the Need for Authenticity, and Teaching

A New Year's memory from childhood still motivates me but not in the direction of annual resolutions--instead, it encourages me to be authentic in my teaching and dealings with my students.

Lifelong Learning: Vacuous or Virtuous?

One of the most overused and, to my mind, bloated catch phrases of all time is “lifelong learning.” But does the concept underlying it have merit?

Avoiding Grinchy Disgruntlement at the Semester’s End

As psychology teachers, we need to appreciate the good things about campus life when the semester’s end makes us forget them.

My Desk, Myself?

What do our offices say about us? Do they reveal our personalities? I think of myself as hardworking, organized, and productive, but my desk is a mess—is that contradictory?

Remembering a Great Teacher I Never Had

Chris Peterson was a great teacher of psychology, one I never actually had--but I knew and learned from his work, especially his advice on writing.

A Teachable Moment About Maturity

Can psychology teachers deal with immaturity by behaving in a mature manner themselves?

Classroom Etiquette: A Guide for the Perplexed (and Flummoxed)

Etiquette in the college classroom: What to do as a teacher?

Professional Development in Psychology II

Can networking be a source of professional development for psychology teachers?

College Life

The habits formed early on matter, just as the impression you convey to your instructors matters.

Avoiding Summer Slippage

Should the former freshman wonder whether the skills acquired during his first year will fade fast?

Summer School

My spring semester ended two weeks ago. I gave and then graded my finals a week later. So, now my endless summer begins, right?

On Psychology Books: Can't Live Without Them

I love books. I've always loved books. I feel much the same way about books as Thomas Jefferson did. In a letter to John Adams in 1815, Jefferson wrote that, "I cannot live without books..."

What Students Love about Teachers: A Valentine Mash Note

Dear Professor: I heart your intro class, I really do. Here's why.

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