The show that takes psychological research and translates it for classroom teachers so they can effectively apply it to their teaching practice to help improve outcomes for their students. Interviews with leading psychologists and other experts in the field of education, as well as deep dives into educational theory and a little bit of neuromyth busting.
Do smart drugs help you learn? with Dr Elizabeth Bowman
'Smart' or 'Study' drugs are usually prescribed for people with ADHD to help them concentrate. However many people without ADHD take them, in theory, to focus on studying - e.g. writing an essay or revising for an exam. The estimates of how many people have taken them vary between about 16-20%, and the use of these drugs is on the rise. So the question is do these drugs actually help complex cognitive processes that are required for study? Recent research done by Elizaeth Bowman and her colleagues aimed to find out and in this episode Elizabeth joins me to talk about their research and most importantly their findings.
You can read the orginal paper in Science Advances here:
You can read a summary (or share it with your students) here:
You can find out more about the Centre here:
Applying Psychology to Teaching with Sophia Afsar
Here is the next installment of the ‘Talking to psychology teachers series’ with guest teacher Sophia Afsar. We are going to be talking about how to create the perfect multiple choice question (with and without the help of ChatGPT), the importance of student-teacher relationships and how using concrete examples that students can relate to helps them understand more abstract concepts.
The links to the episodes mentioned are:
Dual Coding: https://changingstatesofmind.libsyn.com/working-memory-and-dual-coding
Student-Teacher Relationships with Dr Ben Looker: https://changingstatesofmind.libsyn.com/the-pupil-teacher-relationship-with-dr-ben-looker
Desirable difficulties: https://changingstatesofmind.libsyn.com/powerful-learning-with-patrice-bain
The Six Step Bitesize Learning Cycle with Joshi Jariwala
“Be the best you can be, now.” This is the overriding message to self and others which aligns to my personal values and fuels my being! Joshi Jariwala
During, the Covid era, there was a will to be kind to students who were overwhelmed with endless unpredictable lists to survive, completely unrelated to study. Though committed, they could not jump start their drive to learn. Joshi Jariwala shares with you her journey of turning that kindness into a practical tool to softly help her students unfreeze their state of mind and guide them towards their study in bitesize chunks. The journey culminated into a six-step bite size learning cycle to help form new habits in a simple and easy to follow manner. The basis of the model resides in positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness, which are her interests particularly the latter which she enjoys and in which she has completed the eight-week course. Although honestly, the model was borne through reflection, practise, and an urge to help! With nearly 30 years in the fields of youth and community work, accountancy, human resource management, and teaching initially on a sessional basis and on a full-time basis for the last six years, she is happy learning and contributing to make a difference where she can!
To get in touch with Joshi email: J.J.Jariwala@ljmu.ac.uk
How Psychology can support classroom practice with Paramjeet Moon
This episode is the 4th in the ‘Talking to Psychology Teachers’ Series and Paramjeet Moon, psychology teacher with 24 years experience, talks about her love of psychology and the myriad of ways in which it has influenced her teaching practice, from cognitive psychology, working memory, interleaving, relationships, the teenage brain, seating arrangements and much more this conversation is full of great tips for any teacher wishing to tweak their practice to make it just a little better.
If you want to watch the ‘Kevin becomes a teenager’ it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLuEY6jN6gY
And an example of a PLC can be found on this link if you go to the show notes via the podcast page of my website (if you are listening via an app such as Spotify or Amazon): www.changingstatesofmind.com/podcast
Mindset: Educational fact or fiction with Brooke Macnamara
In this episode Dr Brooke Macnamara shares details of her research about mindset. Her research is a fascinating insight into the interventions around mindsets including growth mindset - a concept which I am sure you are familiar. If you, like me, have read Carol Dweck’s work it is compelling, but can we really change mindset? The concept itself is quite vague and is a belief or set of beliefs that then impact behaviour. The challenge for research is to show that we can firstly change the belief (and only the belief) and this will ultimately result in improved academic ourcomes. The interventions though rarely just focus on the beliefs as we shall hear.
You can find the Twitter/X thread here or search @BrookeMacnamara on X to find the thread which is pinned to her profile.
The paper we are discussing can be read via open source here: https://osf.io/preprints/psyarxiv/ba7pe
A Knowledge of Madness with Evie Bentley
This week Evie Bentley talks about how her knowledge of psychology helped her understand and manage what could have been a very frightening experience. As teachers we are often asked ‘what is the point of learning this’ whatever this might be. But you never know when knowledge may come in handy and sometimes it is at the moments you least expect, something Evie discovered in the early hours of the morning.
Interesting and to the point
An interesting teacher specific podcast that is focused and useful.
Lucinda is informative and knowledgeable and brings interesting guests and their experiences and perspectives too. Really great for psych students and educators alike.
I listened to the episode on how best to support transgender students, as an educator (what we should and shouldn’t say). Found it so helpful and insightful -
Thank you :)