Essential Reads

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

To Bribe or Not to Bribe

Reading incentive programs, where students get points or prizes, and sometimes even grades, for reading “fun” books, are a ubiquitous feature of many literacy programs.

Should Academic Achievement Be the Primary Goal of Education

We spend huge amounts of money determining whether schools are teaching academic material successfully. But is that the most important task for schools? Maybe not.

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Muscle Memory—It’s in Your Head, Not Your Limbs

Don’t believe promises of “accelerated learning.” Four proven practices can boost retention and give you peace of mind instead.

Dancing With the Shadow: A Conversation With Connie Zweig

By Mark Matousek on August 24, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The pioneering Jungian analyst talks about the gifts of the shadow and the importance of bringing mindfulness, as well as compassion, to our forbidden zones.

One Question You Need to Ask Yourself About Your Syllabus

Are you a college teacher? A small question might make you want to make big changes. It did for me.

To Be or Not to Be: School of Hard Knocks or the Quad?

By Dena Kouremetis on August 23, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You dream all your life of having a child who values what college has to offer, and then you find out otherwise. Have you failed at parenting? We don't think so...

‘7 Strengths’ Supports Emotional and Social Learning

By Pam Allyn on August 23, 2016 in LitLife
We all have a critical role to play in helping our children grow into engaged, empathic, and caring citizens. Reading and self-expression are key tools.

Making the Transition From High School and Home to College

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Head of the Class
First time college students and their parents both have to deal with big changes—what are some suggestions that can help make the transition a smooth one?

Are Teachers Our Most Undervalued Leaders?

By Victor Lipman on August 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Some HR executives like to hire teachers because they have outstanding communication and presentation skills – highly valued in the corporate world.

From Novice to Expert: Knowing & Moving Through the Stages

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 20, 2016 in Fixing Families
Learning moves through stages. Here's the 4 steps. Time to match up and look ahead.

Politics, Values, and Youth Sports

With the political blitz on “values,” where do sports fit in?
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Care to Live Long? You Might Try Reading Books

It's better to read books than bumper stickers.

An Active Boy Writes to His Teacher

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
Lessons for teachers and parents.

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Graduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific fields from biomedicine to psychology are a mess. How bad? No one really knows. Maybe it is not that bad. Maybe it is awful.

10 Tips for Peaceful Teaching

Children see themselves reflected in our eyes, and they assume we're right about who they are. Most adults have a story about a teacher who made a big difference in our lives.
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Original Teenage Soul

By John P. Schuster on August 18, 2016 in The Power of Your Past
The soulful social psychology of this weekend was not lost on any of us. We were celebrating the best parts of us that only these old friends know in its purest forms.

Am I Ready to Teach?

It’s the night before classes, and all through my brain all I could think of was the emotional strain…

The Rise of the Monster Parent

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Teachers in North America already deal with parents who watch over every aspect of their child's education. But reports out of Asia say that things could be worse. Much worse.
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Overcoming Geriatric Technophobia, Part III

What can you do to overcome your technophobia?

The "Dumbing Down" of America: Real or Not?

By William Poundstone on August 15, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Think people are ignorant nowadays? Take this quiz from the 1940s.

To Parents of Children With Learning and Other Disabilities

In preparation for the school year, parents of children with disabilities should be aware of the resources available to them as well as what their child can expect at school.

Bridging the Research to Practice Gap

By APA Division 15 on August 15, 2016 in PsychEd
While the fields of education and psychology are active members of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement, there still exists a research to practice gap that must be addressed.

Understanding Student Needs

Understanding and creating innovative ways to connect with students.

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Undergraduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Psychological science is a mess. How bad of a mess? No one knows. Here is the actual syllabus for my undergraduate course, The Psychology of Scientific Integrity.

The High EQ Classroom

By Maureen D Healy on August 11, 2016 in Creative Development
Do you want to teach EQ to your children (at home or the classroom)?

Addressing Your Child's School Fears

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in How To Do Life
Making this your child's best school year yet.

"Am I Too Old to Go Back to School?"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in How To Do Life
Addressing the fears

The Healing Power of the Poetic

By Nick Mazza, Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Touch the Moon
Poetry therapy: Language, symbol and story for growth and healing through the years.

College Parents 101

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Social Lights
Six things parents must discuss with their college-bound kids

The Trouble With Diversity Training

By Victor Lipman on August 07, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Studies show traditional diversity training is ineffective. It often comes across less as genuine education and more as legal obligation. Here's a suggestion to help change that.

What I Learned at the Global Positive Education Festival

By Mathew A. White Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Positive Education
My challenge to the positive education movement is to move on from excessive back slapping, address the theoretical and policy hurdles facing the field.

Learning to Love My Body—All of It

Take active measures to heal your body dissatisfaction and I promise that over time, it will get easier.