It is my hope that what I share here -- my musings on how to transform seemingly static ideas from psychology & education into a more dynamic and useful form -- inspires you to think differently, or change your practice, or engage with your community as you teach, parent, lead and discuss. Comments and shares are always welcome. So glad you stopped by! Please enjoy your visit.

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“Spare me the gender card, Erica.” These words appeared in my work e-mail inbox, not all that long ago. That’s why I’m playing the woman card this fall. As I listen to and discuss this year’s election rhetoric with my 9-year-old daughter, I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the woman card and the gender […]

My colleagues and I have been talking a lot lately about student/course evaluations, as are many folks in higher ed. Discussions about course evals center on validity (“truth in measurement”), in particular threats to it that come from response biases. Many things bias responses to any kind of behavioral measurement, and the current bias in […]

“Mindset” is solid. The straw-man-arguments against it, are, well, flimsy. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been bothered by the backlash against the “growth Mindset” perspective in education. I admit that I found Dweck’s book Mindset a little lackluster, but for my own practice of teaching and writing, I haven’t been concerned because I’ve […]

Hello and Happy New Year! I haven’t much time for my usual long-winded expositions lately, sorry! But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t had some things on my mind. Instead of writing long pieces, I have been posting my thoughts on current news-stories over on my companion facebook page where a handful of like-minded folks […]

“Metacognition” – a current buzz word in education circles, yes, but unlike some it’s a buzz word with solid empirical backing. It really is worth thinking about. Metacognition’s definition is short and sweet: Meta- refers to “above” and Cognition- refers to “thinking, reasoning, and problem solving.” So the short definition really is something akin to […]

A consideration of empirically based ideals for creating vibrant, healthy schools As we settle in to the new year, I can’t help but reflect on what’s just passed. Don’t we all do that? Consider the good and the bad, the fruitful and not so fruitful aspects of the year? The tail-end of 2014 twirled by […]