Sorry my sons, but… children of academics exhibit more stress when entering the university

This is the kind of study that gets me worried as it states that if the parents have a degree, their children also believe that they have to get one. This can put them under pressure. Reading this when my oldest son is expecting news any time now about his results in the strangest school… Read More Sorry my sons, but… children of academics exhibit more stress when entering the university

A rapid review does warn: Impact of children’s loneliness today could manifest in depression for years to come

This review didn’t examine the effects of Corona and the different lockdowns around the globe, but did examine what we know about the relation between spanning isolation, loneliness and mental health for young people aged 4 – 21 and it does cause for alarm with effects that can sometimes be lagged. This all can mean… Read More A rapid review does warn: Impact of children’s loneliness today could manifest in depression for years to come

New report on the impact of school closures and what to do next

Yesterday the Chartered College of Teaching has published a new review of research evidence on school closures and international approaches to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the main findings: The impact of school closures on learning Research evidence on ‘summer learning loss’ suggests that children from lower income families are usually more adversely… Read More New report on the impact of school closures and what to do next

How does teacher support matter for the mental well-being of students? (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and every study mentioned in this newsletter is worth sharing this time, so it was hard to pick just one. But as I see how much the mental well-being of many pupils and students is under pressure, I chose those one: Teacher support is one of the… Read More How does teacher support matter for the mental well-being of students? (Best Evidence in Brief)

Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

This new study from the University of York found that children from families of higher socioeconomic status had better language abilities at nursery school age. This may not come as a surprise, but the study also shows that these verbal skills boosted their later academic performance throughout the school, although it won’t be the only… Read More Why do children from wealthier and well-educated family backgrounds tend to do better at school? Verbal abilities seem to play a role.

Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations

Even when there is no coronavirus doing the rounds, life can be quite stressful for teens. What does he or she think about me? A new study suggests that sleep can help. From the press release: A new Michigan State University study found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good – beyond helping them… Read More Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations

A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

The new Spring edition of American Educator was published today, with a new article taken from our most recent book More Urban Myths about Learning and Education. You can read the article here for free and this is what it all is about: Transfer of learning is seen as the use of knowledge, skills, and/or… Read More A new article in American Educator by Paul, Casper & yours truly: If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B?

Aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math

I received this study through my wife as she suggested that I probably would be interested. She does know me well. This new study from the University of Washington suggests that a natural aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math knowledge. Do note: a stronger predictor doesn’t… Read More Aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math