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Too Much Homework is Harmful – Chicago School Review

Psychologists: Too Much Homework is Harmful Psychology surrounding the educational process in the United States suggests that perhaps American students are overworked. Our students are tested more than their peers around the globe, yet perform lower in many subjects. Could too much homework be adding unnecessary stress as well? Yes, say a small but extremely […]

The Importance of Internships in Undergraduate Education

The Importance of Internships in Undergraduate Education Since the economic downturn in 2008, the competitiveness in the global marketplace has only increased, stressing the importance of internships for young adults. Numerous studies are showing that nearly every student who completes an internship is able to find a job within six months of graduation, while those […]

3 Effective Alternatives to Standardized Testing – The Chicago School Review

3 Effective Alternatives to Standardized Testing Educators have griped about it before, and we’ll gripe about it again: standardized testing isn’t the best method to measure the intellectual abilities and growth of all students. There are too many factors to consider when it comes to emotional and intellectual intelligence that cannot be measured by a […]

The Psychology of Color in the Classroom – The Chicago School Review

The Psychology of Color in the Classroom If you’ve ever graded an academic assignment, then you’ve likely heard the debate and controversy concerning the use of the color red. Proponents say that the color red is demeaning and discouraging when a child receives the assignment back. Such discouragement could stifle the educational process and emotional […]

The Psychological Advantage Presented by Recess

The Psychological Advantage Presented by Recess Less is the new more. Budgets are shrinking, school lunch portions are getting smaller, and now recess appears to be going the way of the dinosaurs. While it might seem better to give more time and attention to children in the classroom, is eliminating or shortening recess truly the […]

Psychology Explained: The Effect of Class Size on Academic and Social Learning

Psychology Explained: The Effect of Class Size on Academic and Social Learning From a class of one in home school to public schools struggling with overpopulation, there are endless configurations of class sizes in today’s educational process. Educators have known for years that size matters – particularly when it comes to literacy instruction. While it […]

Understanding the Psychological Effects of Digital Learning

Understanding the Psychological Effects of Digital Learning There is an electronic pandemic that has struck school systems in Chicago and across the nation. While educators are certainly concerned about cell phones and other distractive devices in the classroom, that’s not what we’re talking about. Though cellular devices are considered distractions in school, digital devices have […]

The Psychology Behind Music in Early Education

The Psychology Behind Music in Early Education From recorders to choir, children are exposed to music classes in their early schooling years. While not everyone will progress to considerable musical talent, the benefits that music in early education provides are overwhelming. In fact, scientists can even track the psychological, philosophical, biological, etc. impacts of vibration […]

Childhood Traumatic Events and the Role of Psychology in Adolescent Adjustment

Childhood Traumatic Events and the Role of Psychology in Adolescent Adjustment It is an unfortunate fact that many children in today’s society are exposed to trauma. Often it takes the form of physical or sexual abuse the child has experienced personally. Or it could be a severe physical injury from an accident or direct attack, […]

Psychology and School Shootings: Coping With the Aftermath

Just when we think we have relegated to the back of our minds the unsettling thought that schoolchildren in America can never be completely safe, another tragic event makes the headlines. The December, 2012 shooting of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT shocked the nation. What causes […]

Effective Classroom Differentiation

Effective Classroom Differentiation by Katherine Vazquez Differentiation is the new buzz word in education. In many respects, it seems like a wonderful thing.  However, the obvious downside is that it means even more work for the teacher.  For the instructor, it means she can’t assume that everyone is on the same page intellectually.  This is […]

Civil Discourse and the American Classroom

Civil Discourse and the American Classroom by Katherine Vazquez From generation to generation, there have always been a host of influences- be it in the press, music/entertainment industry, or political arena- that threatens to demoralize the youth, somehow paralyzing their progress in the quest to become the apotheosis of long-held, tacit and home-brewed American values.  […]

Budget Cuts for Children With Special Needs

Budget Cuts for Children With Special Needs     The education sequester has put the needs of children with     disabilities, especially those from low-income families, on the     chopping block in recent months. The simple fact for special needs     students is this: these kids have a great need for resources and     support in […]