STUDY: An Eye Trick that Improves Creativity
After instructing participants to broaden their focus of conceptual attentional scope (lift up your eyebrows and widen your eyes), subjects were administered various measures of creative problem solving and originality. The result showed that raising eyebrows and widening your eyes broadens the scope of your ideas and improves creativity.
(Source: Creativity Research Journal via Wisebread)
STUDY: To Make People Think You're Kind - Say Kind Things About Others
Spontaneous transference is a documented phenomenon. Here's how it works. When you compliment someone behind their back, people attribute those positive qualities to you. Saying, "Joe is one generous go-getter!" is a great way to cue others to think that you are one generous go-getter. Conversely, if you gossip to an acquaintance about how "Joseph is a reprobate," that acquaintance will think of you as a rogue. Tell your students about this!
(Source: Mae, Lynda; Carlston, Donal E.; Skowronski, John J.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 77(2), Aug 1999, 233-246.)
Teacher Effectiveness: The Gap Years
As we might expect, teachers with 15 or more years of experience exhibit more efficacious management and instructional practices than those with 0-4 years.
Here's where the research gets weird. . . When rural teachers were studied, there was no difference in effectiveness and confidence between those who have 5-14 years of experience and instructors with only 0-4 years in the classroom. Researchers infer that the recent introduction of reform initiatives (such as the CCSS--which meant going back to the drawing board for many teachers), lack of quality PD, and not enough mastery experiences might be to blame.
When rural teachers were studied, there was no difference in effectiveness and confidence between those who have 5-14 years of experience and instructors with only 0-4 years in the classroom.
But the truth is that beyond many years in the classroom and "education beyond a Master's," there is not enough information about what influences teacher efficaciousness.
(Source: "Rural High School Teachers' Self-Efficacy in Student Engagement, Instructional Strategies, and Classroom Management"by Tori L Shoulders; Melinda Scott Krei, American Secondary Education, 10/2015, Volume 44, Issue 1.)
How much Waxahachie Texas (pop. 32k) spent on a video board for its high school football stadium: $500,000.
(Source: SB Nation)
How much of the body's serotonin is produced in the gut (second brain): 95%.
(Source: Emeran Mayer, Big Think)
How much college students will spend on textbooks and other course supplies this year: $1,200.
(Source: Inside Higher Ed)
The percentage of 16-29 year olds (n= 628) who reported that their motivation to read is to complete school work requirements: 81%.
(Source: Rainie (2013))
The percentage of people who get new ideas in the shower? 72%.
(Source: Scott Barry Kaufman)
How much more often women wear hats when they're happy: 2x.
How much more likely immigrants are than native-born U.S. citizens to start a new business: 30%.
How much more likely native-born Americans are to be imprisoned than U.S. immigrants: 11x.
(Source: Hat tip Larry Ferlazzo / Lirs.or)
On the list of happiest children in the world, what place is Mexico? 1st place.
...And the U.S.? 5th.
(Source: Chanita France)
The portion of Americans arrested under the age of 25 who will be arrested again: 25%.
(Source: The Washington Post)
A Tool that Assesses the Emotional Impact of Your Essay or Blog Titles
The Advanced Marketing Institute has a free online tool to make your titles stand out: the Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer. When I tried the tool out, it scored the title of this tech tidbit as 28.57%--while encouraging me to aim for 50-75% "emotional marketing value words."
Book Scanning Breakthrough
MIT scientists have invented a way to scan a book through its cover. "The process uses tetrahertz radiation, which is absorbed by paper and ink differently. The camera is so finely tuned that researchers can detect the different between one page and another, despite there being only 20 micrometers of air between each page." A big benefit of the tool will be to scan historically significant books that might disintegrate if touched.
(Source: The Next Web)
STUDY: Digital Readers
Elizabeth Testa's dissertation looked at the impact of integrating digital readers into a 12th grade English classroom. Her study revealed that students benefited from using the device. Particularly beneficial: the e-readers' online dictionary, ability to read the story aloud, and search feature.
When the next literature unit did not include use of e-readers, students expressed disappointment.
(Source: Testa, E. A. (2014). Behind the screens: A case study exploring the integration of digital readers into a 12th grade english classroom.)
fMRI STUDY: Secular Mindfulness Has Same Structural Impact On Brain As Religious Meditation
In a study of participant undergoing an 8-week mindfulness training course, an fMRI scan revealed functional and structural changes to the "prefrontal cortex, cingulate cortex, insula and hippocampus"--and improved emotional regulation.
Such changes were also similar to those documented in previous studies of religion-based meditation.
(Source: Brain and Cognition Journal, 2016)
ELL coordinator and SIOP trainer Erica Hilliker has created a remarkable collection of English Language Learner resources for teachers.
(Source: Hat Tip / John McCarthy)
Health Cost of Social Enquity
U. of Penn Professor Dorothy E. Roberts is an expert on biosocial science, which looks at, among other things, how social inequity influences science. She has looked at
“. . . the stress of various aspects of racial inequality — segregated neighborhoods, lower incomes, and even the stress of discrimination experienced by a black mother — can have an impact on the fetus and cause them to have smaller babies. And these babies grow up to have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. This is not because of the gene structure, but the way these adverse environments affect pregnant African-American women.”
(Source: Harvard Gazette)
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