The messenger matters: New research shows peers better than teachers at academic motivation

Posted by Andy Henion “Why do I have to learn this?” is a common question among young adults. New research suggests an answer from their peers has more weight than one from their teachers. University students who received a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to them—in this case actors posing as young professionals—wrote […]

America Promise’s #ListenToYouth campaign offers tips for connecting online

By Margarida Celestino, Reprinted from America’s Promise Alliance  This piece is part of “Dear Adult Leaders: #ListenToYouth,” a four-week series produced in collaboration with The 74 to elevate student voices in the national conversation as schools and districts navigate how to educate our country’s youth in a global pandemic. In this series, students write open […]

Managing attention and distractibility in online learning

“Managing attention and distractibility in online learning”.  Research-backed answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding attention and distractibility in the virtual classroom. By Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, Reprinted from American Psychological Association This year, as COVID-19 disrupted traditional K–12 education, even the most experienced teachers felt suddenly thrown back […]