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Socialization technique helps in academic achievement | WashPost.com

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A popular teaching technique to help elementary students develop emotional and social skills also leads to academic achievement, according to a study released Thursday.

 

In a randomized, controlled trial that examined the technique known as Responsive Classroom, researchers found that children in classrooms where the technique was fully used scored significantly higher in math and reading tests than students in classrooms where it wasn’t applied.

 

Sara Rimm-Kaufman, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of education at the University of Virginia, said the results are important during a period of increased emphasis on academic results.

 

At a time when teacher evaluations and school performance are increasingly judged by student test scores, many educators may feel that limited classroom time is better spent on academics and not “softer” social skills, Rimm-Kaufman said. The study shows that teaching social skills in the elementary years can translate into higher test scores, she said.

 

“Our research shows that time spent supporting children’s social and emotional abilities can be a very wise investment,” said Rimm-Kaufman, who was joined by researchers from Virginia, George Mason and Arizona State universities. “When teachers receive adequate levels of training and support, using practices that support students’ social and emotional growth actually boosts achievement.”

 

The practices that form the backbone of the technique are designed to create positive classroom relationships — between teachers and students and among students. They aim to teach young children to cooperate with each other and feel that they are part of a “community” that cares about them. Teachers set expectations for behavior and learning so that children will internalize those goals over time and learn how to regulate their own behavior. The practices are based on well-known child-development theories of Jean Piaget and others.

 

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The Questions Managers Want You to Ask During a Job Interview

The Questions Managers Want You to Ask During a Job Interview | Recruiter | Scoop.it
Examples of key questions to ask your interviewer when going through the job search process.

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Vimal Rai's curator insight, June 16, 2014 4:31 AM

A good suggested list of questions to ask your interviewer. Too often, when I interview candidates they either spurn the chance to ask me questions, or ask me something quite meaningless. It's a pity. It's their last chance - arguably - to impress me with how they've been thinking about the job.

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Organisational Psychology – Person-Environment Fit in ...

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Answers the Question. How do individuals simultaneously desire to fit in terms of being similar to others and be distinctive from others? How it Began. Person-Environment fit has been a subject of increased interest over the ...

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How to Use Positive Affirmations

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Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation, which are often repeated, until they get impressed on the subconscious mind.

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Christian Wasinger, CMO - Chief Mind Officer's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:22 AM

This is a lovely blog about affirmations. I get often asked about them, and I feel that this blog covers the basics of affirmations, and how to use them.

 

I personally love using them and combine them with visualizations. When you do your affirmations, don't just say them like a bunch of words. When you say them out loud, get your feelings included. Imagine what it will feel like once you have/experience what you are affirming. 

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Posting effectively on Facebook: the art of listening

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Posting the 'right' content on Facebook to create engagement is a challenge many of us can relate to.

Figuring out what works for your institution consists of three tasks: know your audience, know your tools, and listen.

Our guest author from the Netherlands, Jessica Winters, takes us through each step, and also includes a set of basic rules that apply to every social manager.


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The Differences Between Successful People and Unsuccessful People

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A few weeks ago I received a postcard in the mail from the CEO of Petra Coach, the creator of Align Software and a fellow member of Entrepreneurs Organization. I've never met him, but Andy Bailey and

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Courting the Candidate-Customer - The Unlikely Art of Attraction

Courting the Candidate-Customer - The Unlikely Art of Attraction | Recruiter | Scoop.it

 

Despite relatively high unemployment in the United States, millions of job vacancies are going unfilled as a result of talent shortages. The struggle to attract and retain top talent is exacerbated by many factors: demographic shifts, changing attitudes toward careers, and the globalization of business. Talent shortages often occur in critical, skilled roles that are vital to a company’s success and have high barriers to entry, and traditional recruiting methods may not be the answer.

 

As a first step in bolstering their workforces, organizations are increasingly focusing on identifying the positions, skills, attributes, and behaviors that drive a disproportionate amount of value. These organizations are adapting talent-acquisition strategies and hiring the most promising candidates by focusing on key attributes such as a capacity for innovative thinking, an ability to effectively work with others, being highly passionate, and having strong social intelligence.


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Brand-conscious companies are beginning to interact with potential employees with the same care they would give to their customers.

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Most Work Conflicts Aren't Due to Personality

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So, why do we automatically blame our coworkers? Chalk it up to psychology and organizational politics, which cause us to oversimplify and to draw incorrect or incomplete conclusions.

 

There’s a good reason why we’re inclined to jump to conclusions based on limited information. Most of us are, by nature, “cognitive misers,” a term coined by social psychologists Susan Fiske and Shelley Taylor to describe how people have a tendency to preserve cognitive resources and allocate them only to high-priority matters. And the limited supply of cognitive resources we all have is spread ever-thinner as demands on our time and attention increase.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 20, 2014 8:50 PM

Conflict happens everywhere, including in the workplace. When it does, it’s tempting to blame it on personalities.  But more often than not, the real underlying cause of workplace strife is the situation itself, rather than the people involved.

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Reinforces taking a Systemic View...

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2 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity

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When it comes to achieving business success, creativity may be more important than rigor, discipline, integrity, and even vision. So how, as an entrepreneur, do you keep your creative juices flowing day in and day out?

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Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

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When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.

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Sylvia Martinez's curator insight, July 2, 2014 10:58 PM

"Outsmart" is the wrong word - flexible and fluid are better.

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Your Boss’s Work-Life Balance Matters as Much as Your Own

Your Boss’s Work-Life Balance Matters as Much as Your Own | Recruiter | Scoop.it
A leader’s long hours have a trickle-down effect.
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3 Insights From The Frontiers Of Positive Psychology

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Fifteen years after emerging as a major scientific movement, it’s clear that positive psychology -- the study of what brings happiness and meaning in life -- is not just a fad. The field is reaching new levels of breadth and depth: Having established its core themes and principles during its first decade, it is now getting deeper and more precise in its exploration of what it takes to truly flourish in life.

 

The growth of positive psychology was evident last month at the International Positive Psychology Association’s (IPPA) third bi-annual World Congress on Positive Psychology in downtown Los Angeles. A truly international crowd gathered for four days of workshops and symposia on everything from neuroplasticity and mindfulness to positive organizations and positive psychology in film.

 

“The science of positive psychology has now achieved a point where it is comparable to the other sub-disciplines of psychology,” wrote IPPA president Robert Vallerand in the Congress’ welcome message. “And the scientifically informed applications of positive psychology are more popular and diversified than ever.”

 

As Vallerand suggests, the leaders of positive psychology have always prided themselves on delivering scientific findings with clear practical applications. Here are three of the most striking and practical insights I took away from the Congress.

 

1. Look to the future for a meaningful life.

Now-familiar research shows that we are happiest when we live in the present and that practicing mindfulness -- which involves tuning in to our thoughts, emotions and sensations in the present moment -- is good for our bodies, brains and relationships.

 

But in their IPPA keynote, Martin Seligman and Roy Baumeister, both giants in the field of positive psychology, argued for the importance of focusing on the future. Looking ahead, they believe, can bring meaning to our lives -- a school of thought they call “prospective psychology.”

 

The core of this concept is that it becomes a lot easier to understand some of the complexities of the human mind once you consider that we evolved to predict the future -- and that doing this well is key to survival. “So intelligence isn’t about what you know,” said Seligman, “but about how well you can predict an act in the future.”

 

But how can Baumeister and Seligman advocate thinking about the future when so much prior research stresses living in the present? Baumeister noted that almost 40 percent of people who report having a happy life also report having a meaningful life -- a pretty significant overlap, but it still leaves a large gap. That sparked some musing on the differences between happiness and meaning.

 

For example, people who help others say they are happier and rate their lives as more meaningful than those who don’t. However, Baumeister found that when you subtract the people who report high meaningfulness, people who help others are actually less happy than those who don’t. It’s the addition of meaningfulness that tips the balance.

 

And focusing on the future -- and the feeling that one has control over one’s future -- seems to be linked with meaningfulness.

“Hoping, planning, saving for a rainy day, worrying, striving, voting, risking or minimizing risk, even undertaking therapy all have in common the presupposition that which future will come about is contingent on our deliberation and action,” Seligman and Baumeister write in a paper published this March.

 

So while happiness may be all about the present, meaningfulness may be found in the future. Only by connecting the two can one find the greatest meaning, purpose and happiness in life.

 

2. Detaching from work is a good thing … for most of us.

Americans tend to be a hard-working bunch. Only 57 percent of U.S. workers take all the vacation days they are due, according to a 2010 Reuters/Ipsos poll.

 

But our inability to detach psychologically from work may be hampering our happiness, according to researcher Sabine Sonnentag of the University of Konstanz in Germany.

 

While the positive psychological effects of vacations are actually short-lasting -- studies show that four weeks after a vacation, workers are back at pre-holiday exhaustion level -- Sonnentag has found that those who detach from work on a regular basis have a lower level of emotional exhaustion and higher life satisfaction.

 

Sonnentag defines detachment as a sense of “being away from work.” While this feeling has different sources for different people, it could include staying off work email and not thinking about work in the evenings and on days off.

Detaching from work allows individuals to feel recovered and refreshed, Sonnentag said, which then allows them to have more energy and be more efficient in their work lives.

 

Sonnentag says detachment from work seems especially important -- not surprisingly -- when job stressors are high. Indeed, the more time pressure employees feel, the less able they are to detach, which leads to a negative spiral of stress and rumination.

Supervisors should take note: Being realistic about deadlines may make for a more efficient operation.

 

But not everyone feels the benefits from detachment: Employees who have strong positive emotions toward work -- such as firefighters who feel their jobs provide a positive social impact -- may benefit more from not detaching. For this group, the positive feelings they have during the day spill over into evening rest time, and detaching can actually negate those positive feelings.

That said, while each individual needs to assess his or her own need for detachment, for most of us, periodically disconnecting from the stress of work and the burdens of technology -- for example, by taking a Friday night family break from all electronics -- is probably an important way to guard against burnout -- and make us better workers.

 

3. “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”

These words from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill infused psychologist Marino Bonaiuto’s talk on environmental psychology.

 

Bonaiuto, of the University of Rome, studies how the physical components of our environment are linked to and affect our mental states and social interactions. When an individual’s biological or psychological needs are met by the resources available in the environment -- green spaces, physical layout of infrastructure, well-tended buildings -- there is good “person-environment fit” that leads to greater well-being.

 

This fit isn’t the same across the board: An assisted living facility that’s a good environmental fit for an elderly person may not be the best fit for an adolescent. A suburban neighborhood with little opportunity for impromptu social interaction may not be the best fit for a recent immigrant.

When evaluating neighborhood livability and quality of life, environmental psychology has tended to focus on the negative -- risks such as air pollution, traffic noise and light pollution.

 

But Bonaiuto urged us to look at our living environments through the lens of positive environmental psychology, focusing on how positive features in the environment can boost life satisfaction, such as by offering opportunities for physical activity and chances for social interaction.

For example, neighborhoods that have green and open outdoor spaces have been shown to reduce their inhabitants’ stress; the exercise, gardening and walking activities afforded by green spaces lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and improve cognitive function. Another benefit of green spaces -- especially in deprived communities -- is the opportunity for social connection and greater feelings of safety.

 

Conversely, less green space coincides with increased feelings of loneliness and perceived shortages of social support.

 

This “user-friendly” approach to planning and urban design can allow people to experience the best “fit” with their environment, from their home to their neighborhood to their city -- all part of a complex system of urban pragmatics.

In this way, Bonaiuto was affirming a theme I heard often at the Congress: the power we have to shape our happiness and the happiness of those around us. Whether as individuals or working together as groups, the presenters emphasized, we can affect our external environment and internal landscapes for the better.


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Do Winners Give--or Take--All?

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Generosity in the workplace doesn't cost as much as being selfish.

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Mobile marketing for educators: Driving engagement and prospect conversion

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ICEF Monitor moves beyond the basics to touch upon some key strategies for education marketers in mobile, particularly as they relate to apps and making the shift from measuring traffic to driving conversion.


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How To Use The Law Of Attraction In Your Job Search

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Our thoughts are magnets that attract the thoughts we are thinking. Even if you want something desperately, if your thoughts say you will never get it. Guess what? You won’t.
However, if you change your thoughts on achieving it, you will.

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Company culture drives employee recruitment, retainment · Team ...

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Defining your company's culture, then hiring individuals who share the same values is a key to winning the talent war. Nearly just as important are operational transparency, two-way communication between management and ...

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