Essential Reads

The Importance of Evidence-based Practice

Identifying evidence-based practices can be tricky, but well-worth the effort.

What Adolescents Can Learn From Parental Conflict

How parents conduct marital conflict teaches the teenager by their example

What Do Children Know About Climate Change?

There are proven strategies to help children become eco-warriors

Recent Posts on Education

Learning as a Sandwich

By Alfie Kohn on June 02, 2015 in The Homework Myth
Having students think about what they're going to learn (ahead of time), and then talk about what they did learn (afterwards), really helps. And one classic version of this technique offers a radical challenge to traditional education...

Use Word Spellings to Read—Even in High School!

A renown cognitive psychologist is touting the importance of spelling for reading achievement. He says spelling, which continues to develop even into high school, is just as important for high school and college-ready reading fluency as sounding out words in kindergarten. He’s right!

Can a Second Language Help You Learn a Third?

What role does your second language play in the process of third language learning? Is it an asset that facilitates and speeds up the process or is it an obstacle that interferes and slows it down?

The Importance of Evidence-based Practice

By APA Division 15 on June 02, 2015 in PsychEd
In virtually every professional field, a research-to-practice gap exists in which some practices shown to be effective by scientific research are seldom used in applied settings, but some commonly implemented practices are not empirically validated and may be ineffective or even harmful. Thus, great opportunity exists for those who employ research-based practices.

The Boy Genius and the Genius in All of Us

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, Tom Clynes tells a fascinating story about a boy’s pursuit of a passionate interest in nuclear physics, and draws some surprising conclusions about the nature and development of genius-level intelligence. Clynes considers the roles played not only by innate ability and environmental factors, but also by temperament, culture, and politics.

Sharing Ideas

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in Head of the Class
Sharing ideas about teaching with colleagues should happen more often than it likely does--there is always practical advice that experienced instructors can share with new teachers.

How Can We End Bullying?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in Media Spotlight
A new review article published in American Psychologist tackles the thorny question of what actual works in bullying prevention programs. Written by Catherine P. Bradshaw of the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, the article examines recent research evaluating the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs and makes some recommendations for the future.

Teens Redefining "Norms"

By Shimi Kang M.D. on June 01, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
Teens versus school dress codes—should they be able to dress however they choose? Teenagers express themselves through clothing and blogs. A teenage girl causes controversy amongst parents when told to "cover up" by her school and responds with a three-page letter citing hyper-sexualization of women and sexist dress codes at school.

What Adolescents Can Learn From Parental Conflict

The job of parents is to provide a constructive example for conducting conflict with each other from which their adolescent can positively learn.

Can Psychoanalysis Make You Smarter?

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on May 31, 2015 in Beyond Freud
No therapy claims to make people smarter, but I wouldn’t be surprised if sometimes psychoanalysis does just that. Psychoanalytic therapies are those treatments in which the therapist’s job is to help people face what they have repressed and what they don’t want to know. They can help clear up blocks to learning.

Manifesting an Authentic World

If we live from our authentic selves, we will ultimately act in the best interest of the world.

Why the Business World Needs Liberal Arts Graduates

By Ray Williams on May 30, 2015 in Wired for Success
Liberal arts education is in a life-and-death struggle amidst pressure by politicians, business leaders and educational administrators to diminish or eliminate their presence in our post-secondary institutions and replace them with a job targetted educational system emphasizing technological and practical skills.

The Importance of Learning How to Make Decisions

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on May 30, 2015 in In Flux
Decision-making and problem-solving are such essential skills for managing and living life. So how come so many people by the time they're adults don't have a clue or a plan about what to do when confronted with change, choices, and decisions? Here are some suggestions about how to cultivate good decision-making for our children and for ourselves.

Decision-making 401

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 30, 2015 in Memory Medic
You can learn how to make better decisions.

2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Wows the Nation

It couldn’t have been better. America’s sharpest and brightest middle-school spellers wowed the world at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee—arguably one of ESPN’s most thrilling sporting events of the year.

The Ethics of Extra Credit: A Case to Ponder

Extra credit is a common, complex and controversial issue. See what you think of this case.

Moneygrams: Recalled Childhood Memories About Money

A surprising number of people are "money troubled." Because money is a taboo topic, people often get surprised by the money beliefs and habits of their partners who they have known for a long time. But where do these money attitudes and habits come from? Do we have moneygrams from our childhood?

Kids and TV

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Screen Time
Why do you think people tend to be so fearful about the effects on TV?

What Do Children Know About Climate Change?

Children are the future stewards of our fragile ecosystem. What does research tell us about what children know and feel about environmental threats, such as climate change? What are the best ways to educate and engage children on these issues?

High Stakes Testing in America

“Thank God it’s over.” That’s what my high school educator friend in Florida says. The fattening-the-pig-by-weighing-it, over-the-top testing, happened almost every day from March to mid-May and impacted every student in his school. Everyone’s overwrought with this mess, most likely including the guy who started it, Jeb Bush.

The Four R's - Reading, 'Riting, "Rithmatic and Resonance

By Amy Banks on May 26, 2015 in Wired For Love
Connection and cooperation are part of the everyday lives of most people and a strong mirror neuron system is essential in each and every one of life’s negotiations. It is high time that we add the fourth “R” to the basic skills taught in education—reading, ‘riting, ’rithmetic, and resonance!

Why is Medicine so Complicated?

Body Wisdom vs. Body Foolishness

The #1 Rule for How to Inspire Passion in Others

By Gregg Levoy on May 25, 2015 in Passion!
For anyone in a position of leadership or stewardship—whether you're a parent or teacher, minister or manager, performer or politician, this much is certain: your passion is critical to their engagement.

Balancing a Japanese and Irish Heritage

I have learned to balance my parents' lessons in living.

Decision-Making 101

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in Memory Medic
Good decision making depends on selective attention skills. Seniors are better at this than young people, whose culture and schools are making matters worse.

The Psychology of Plagiarism: Is Cheating the New Normal?

By Peg Streep on May 21, 2015 in Tech Support
Have we become a nation of cheaters, so focused on getting what we want that we don't care what means we use?

Self-Learner in Your Home?

By David Palmer Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Gifted Kids
Self-Learner in your home? Free and low cost resources available!

A Select Assortment of Books and More

Not every worthy book or DVD gets the attention it deserves. Here are a few you might otherwise miss.

The Psychology of Getting Back in the Batter’s Box

Want to learn about building resilience? Developing team values? Developing a positive identity? Little League baseball has got all of this and more.

The Power of Wisdom to Enact Social Change

Many believe that the rise of technology and the logical problem solving mindset can solve the world’s problems. But after years of creating technologies to help improve poverty, health, and education, Kentaro Toyama started to reach a different conclusion: Social change comes from the heart, mind, and will of people. Technologies are only as good as the wisdom of people.