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Is Critical Thinking a Soft Skill?

Is Critical Thinking a Soft Skill?

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As with most things, the state vs trait debate is nuanced. I don’t think any personality psychologist would claim that personality is entirely state-based or entirely-trait-based. Instead, it’s somewhere in between. You may have general tendencies, but find yourself thinking, feeling, and behaving differently depending on the context. While you may tend to be shy…
GUEST POST: An Interview with an Elementary School Teacher and Doctoral Student

GUEST POST: An Interview with an Elementary School Teacher and Doctoral Student

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Quincey Farmer is an elementary teacher and administrator who has taught both domestically and abroad. He is an advocate of data-based instruction and evidence-based approaches. Quincey finds data particularly important as he transitions to a specialized role focused on identifying and nurturing academically and intellectually gifted learners in grades 3-5 and talent development in grades…
Digest #147: Making Your Material Digitally Accessible

Digest #147: Making Your Material Digitally Accessible

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Dr Helena Paterson is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. She is the Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Lead for the School of Psychology. Her expertise lies in digital education and her research is about children and adults’ perception of difference as it pertains so first impressions and person perception. Dr Paterson was…
Digest #146: The Psychology of “Zoom Fatigue”

Digest #146: The Psychology of “Zoom Fatigue”

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In the world of COVID-19, video conferencing has become commonplace. Many of us spend our days on back to back video calls and find ourselves exhausted by the end. This phenomenon has been dubbed “zoom fatigue” but applies to any type of video conferencing. At its foundation, zoom fatigue is a cognitive issue, which presumably…
Online Learning: Tips for Students and Parents

Online Learning: Tips for Students and Parents

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By Althea Need KaminskeLearning online presents different challenges for students than learning face-to-face in a classroom. Whether you are an older student learning online in your spare time, a university student taking online courses in combination with face-to-face classes, or even a younger (or much younger) student learning online as a safety precaution during quarantine…
Digest # 144: Talking to Kids about Race

Digest # 144: Talking to Kids about Race

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We know that kids notice race, and pretending to be color blind just does not work. We all have implicit biases, even if we don’t want them and are not explicitly biased. However, it is difficult for adults to talk about race issues, and teaching our kids about them can seem even more daunting. So,…
GUEST POST: How Exercise Improves Student Mental Health

GUEST POST: How Exercise Improves Student Mental Health

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The activity connectionIn the last decade, research on the link between exercise and mental health has increased significantly. A paper (4) reviewed the research since 2011 into the link between exercise and depression, self-esteem, anxiety and cognitive functioning and found that the strongest link was found between exercise and cognitive function. For depression, the intervention…
Time Management: What is it, who has it, and can you improve it?

Time Management: What is it, who has it, and can you improve it?

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Time management can refer to a wide range of behaviors and can look very different from person to person. There are lots of different systems and approaches to time management. Making a to-do list, keeping a planner, setting event reminders in your phone, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and marking events on a calendar can all…
Digest #142 (COVID-19 Edition): Online Teaching and Learning Resources

Digest #142 (COVID-19 Edition): Online Teaching and Learning Resources

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In today’s digest, we would like to provide resources for teachers, students, and parents during the challenging COVID-19 quarantine. Learning and teaching is still going on, but mostly shifted online. In the past few days, we have all probably come across different resources to support this online learning experience and we thought it would be…
Digest #141: Autism and Educational Settings

Digest #141: Autism and Educational Settings

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3) Good Practice in Autism Education (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/autism-education) a Future Learn online course (free) by The University of Bath, @UniofBath.Quote from the course description: “Currently there are many modalities of schooling for students with autism, including general special schools, autism-specific special schools, autism units within mainstream schools and being in a mainstream classroom. But what are…

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