Tag Archive: achievement

Friday Fun: Can movies improve test performance?

I’m a fan of historical movies. And when I look at movies and TV shows over the past few years – Elizabeth I, The Tudors, John Adams, Rome, even 300 – it looks like I’m not alone. Obviously, though, the primary goal of these dramas is entertainment rather than education, and the information presented may…

Is there a teaching strategy that works best?

Walk through any elementary school, and you might see wide variations in the styles of the teachers there. You’ll probably find some that are more strict, some that are more friendly, and some that allow their students to call them by their first names! Some teaching styles work better for certain kids than others; students…

Is homework helpful?

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At least one educator believes that homework has no long-term benefits, and may instead be harmful to kids.

Career Effects of Gender Stereotypes

On a recent episode of Family Anatomy entitled The Anatomy of Gender, Dr. Brian and I discussed our experience with gender roles and some of the implications related to research in this area. An interesting study from the University of Michigan further expands on some of the issues touched upon in our show. Girls and…

Racial Stereotypes Affect School Achievement

Yesterday, I wrote about the impact of sleep problems on school achievement. Performance stress can also interfere with test results. Some researchers have theorized that minority students may be doubly impacted by this kind of anxiety; they worry about their performance, but experience the added stress that if they don’t do well, they may confirm…

Fluorescent Lighting, Cell Phones Impair Performance

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Have you been in a classroom lately? Like many offices, the typical classroom is lit by fluorescent bulbs. Many of us probably know someone at work who prefers the incandescent lamp on their desk to the overhead fluorescents used in most office buildings. In addition, an increasing number of students, especially in high schools, are…

Facebook linked to lower grades

New research being conducted at Ohio State University suggests that university students who regularly use Facebook have lower grade point averages than those who do not use the service. Researchers surveyed 102 undergrads and 117 graduate students, and found that 148 of the 219 participants had Facebook accounts. Eighty-five percent of undergraduates used Facebook, compared…

UK schools to declare war on parents

Hot on the heels of last week’s story about U.K. teachers who believe that parents are failing to provide their kids with basic skills, the Telegraph reports that a U.K. government study is recommending fines for parents based on their children’s school behaviour. Sir Alan Steer was asked to review behaviour control methods in state…

Three tips for maintaining the parent-teacher relationship

Teachers in the U.K. are concerned that parents are failing their children. In a talk at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Mary Bousted said that children are arriving at school without being able to dress themselves, use the toilet properly, or eat at the table. Chlidren from various economic backgrounds…

Emotional intelligence and minority students

A study published in the current issue of School Psychology Quarterly looked at predictors of academic success for minority, low-income, urban elementary school students. Despite their hardships, students in this group are often able to achieve positive school results. Social-emotional competence was a significant factor in predicting success; this includes the ability to understand and…