Psychology

The Choice Overload | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes When making a decision, what should you do if you have too many choices? The ‘choice overload’ concept is designed to help individuals improve the way in which they work, to understand themselves better, and to help improve others and understand others better. How good are you at quitting bad ideas? According to author Seth Godin, what sets successful people apart from everyone else is their ability to give up. Winners quit fast, quit often and quit…

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Dorothy Rowe obituary | Education

Dorothy Rowe, who has died aged 88, was one of the earliest figures in psychology to build a bridge between the sometimes arcane world of clinical practice and the general public. Coming to prominence in the 1980s, particularly with her book Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison, she made a career around the principle of listening to the patient in matters of mental illness rather than simply seeing them as problems to be solved – often by drugs or…

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What is Dual Coding Theory? – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What is dual coding and why is it so important for teachers to know? Every teacher disseminates knowledge, but very few have ever been taught how best to impart knowledge effectively so that pupils can understand and apply it. Having the awareness of what dual coding can do, will make you a better teacher. First hypothesized by Allan Paivio in 1971, Dual Coding Theory – a theory of cognition and how we think – uses the…

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Standardized Testing is a Tool of White Supremacy – Education Article

Let’s say you punched me in the face.   I wouldn’t like it. I’d protest. I’d complain.   And then you might apologize and say it was just an accident.  Maybe I’d believe you.   Until the next time when we met and you punched me again.   That’s the problem we, as a society, have with standardized tests.   We keep using them to justify treating students of color as inferior and/or subordinate to white children. And we never…

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Creating Identity-Safe Classrooms | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your classroom identity safe? Identity-safe classrooms are warm ecosystems in which teachers endeavour to ensure that all children feel that their social identity is an asset rather than a barrier to success. Children feel welcomed, supported and valued whoever they are and whatever their background. Teachers want the best for pupils and seek to be fair and aim to create strong culturally competent classroom communities. We might all think that we respectfully acknowledge each and every individual. We might also…

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