Ep 318: What is Academic Shame?

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Jeremiah Sullins Academic Shame Researcher

Recently we’ve learned that many students learn best not when things are well explained to them, but rather when they’re just a little bit confused. Professor Jeremiah Sullins (interviewed in episode 267) talked about his work on Productive Confusion. Now he’s on to a related topic: what if instead of being motivated by confusion, students who are prone to shame … Read More

Ep 279: The United Airlines “Involuntary Deboarding” Incident: from Shock Value to Productive Discussion

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Productive Discussion About United Airlines De-Boarding

The involuntary removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight has justifiably garnered a lot of attention. And as teachers we certainly want to capture students’ attention. But how do we create a discussion among students that goes beyond the simple shock value of showing the video? In this episode I talk both about the connections to psychology and … Read More

Ep 250: How I Use Snapchat In My Class

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Snapchat got a pretty bad rap over the past few years, but did you know that you actually can use this video messaging app in ways that really do help students see the applications of what their teachers are learning in their everyday lives. In this episode I share my experiences using Snapchat with my psychology class. Yes it has … Read More

Ep 213: Leveraging Our Natural Curiosity for Learning (and for Blog and Video Clicks)

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How do we motivate you to click online? Well, we don’t necessarily have to pay you to get you to do things (extrinsic motivation) because you’re already a curious person. We also don’t necessarily have to find things you’re already interested in (intrinsic motivation) we just have to find things that are naturally interesting to all of us to get … Read More

Ep 191: What Was B. F. Skinner Really Like?

MichaelDevelopment, History of Psychology, Learning/Memory, Teaching Tools8 Comments

Would you be surprised to learn that B.F. Skinner was a very likable guy and that you may actually be very much in agreement with his ideas? Many people who study psychology have a negative impression of Skinner. Well, I’m about to challenge those impressions by presenting a side of Skinner you probably haven’t been exposed to. In these sound … Read More

Ep 187: I’d Like to Have an Argument Please (critical thinking part 3)

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How would you like to have an argument? Turns out that learning how to have a good argument might just be the best way to learn to think critically. In this episode I discuss a neat piece of research in which 7 and 8 year olds are taught how to effectively argue. And they do a darn good job of … Read More

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