Ten Questions to Ask when Creating a STEM Culture in Education

As you might know, I am very excited about STEM education! In fact, get ready for a series of helpful STEM posts. For consultations and presentations at schools across the country I have developed these ten questions you may want to ask as you develop or assess STEM possibilities for students. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email, and  join me on twitter at mjgormans . I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL and STEM. Most of all, thanks for being one of those 30,000+ visitors a month and over 14,000 subscribers.

Teen Fun-Seeking Has Social Risks and Benefits

A new study finds that participation in risky behavior during adolescence can lead to more risk taking, but it may also lead to an enhanced concern for the rights, feelings and welfare of other people.
Researchers from the Netherlands performed a longitudinal study to determine if adoption of risky behaviors (such as binge drinking), and advancement of prosocial behaviors (concern for others) are related and whether certain brain regions can predict them.

Parent Burnout Not Good for Parent or Child

For most people, the term “burnout” is associated with a job or career, but new research now suggests individuals can become burnt out when the daily stress of parenting becomes chronic. The burnout results in an intense exhaustion that leads parents to feel detached from their children and unsure of their parenting abilities.
Researchers believe this type of burnout can have serious consequences for both parent and child, increasing parental neglect, harm and thoughts of escape.

Political Extremism Tied to Low Levels of Cognitive Flexibility

People who identify more strongly with a political group or ideology tend to share an underlying psychological trait: mental rigidity, or low levels of cognitive flexibility, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge in the U.K.
Mental rigidity makes it more difficult for people to change their thinking or adapt to new environments, say the researchers. Importantly, mental rigidity was found in those with the most fervent beliefs and affiliations on both the left and right of the political divide.

How Adults Deal With Success & Failure Can Help Foster Kids’ Persistence

A new study explores ways in which parents and educators can help foster persistence  in children before they begin formal schooling. Researchers looked at the interactions of preschool-age children with adults to determine how they affected the children’s persistence.
They discovered the efforts adults put into their actions, successes and failures, and words affected children’s persistent behavior to differing degrees. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).