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Psychology in the Classroom

The show that takes psychological research and translates it for classroom teachers so they can effectively apply it to their teaching practice to help improve outcomes for their students. Interviews with leading psychologists and other experts in the field of education, as well as deep dives into educational theory and a little bit of neuromyth busting.

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Recent Episodes of Psychology in the Classroom


Motivating Students to Learn from Errors

Motivating Students to Learn from Errors

This week find out how you can encourage students to persist with learning and engage with metacognitive strategies when they make mistakes.  Dr Maria Tulis talks about her experiments that aimed to find a causal link between beliefs about errors, how these beliefs maintain motivation and how students then adapt their actions to effectively analyse and correct errors. In study two during learning students were given encouragement to persist and prompts about what action to take immediately after they had made the error. Might this increase persistence, metacognitive control and effort? What are the implications for our classrooms? 

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Episode 10 18 June 2024 36m and 48s


Learning from Errors

Learning from Errors

This is the 3rd episode in the failure series of podcasts this term. We are staying with the theme of feedback to errors this week. Professor Janet Metcalfe discusses her paper on learning from errors and in particular how one teacher uses an interactive approach, encouraging students to work out why they made an error rather than simply correcting them, and the impact it had on the students’ learning. But as always there is discussion plenty of wide ranging discussion on this topic.

If you wish to access the paper here is the link:

Metcalfe J...

Episode 9 11 June 2024 36m and 49s


Using Smileys in Error Feedback

Using Smileys in Error Feedback

When students receive error feedback it usually causes a negative emotional response, this in turn can impact learning.  If we could somehow elicit a positive emotional response to error feedback, research suggests that this will increase motivation, enhance the desire to continue on a learning task and promote the use of efficient metacognitive strategies.  In today’s podcast with Dr Annalisa Soncini we discuss how using a simple smiley in written error feedback can nuance the feedback so that the emotional reaction is more positive and the surprising impact this has on a student’s learning experience. 

Annalis...

Episode 8 5 June 2024 41m and 3s


Introduction to failure

Introduction to failure

Failure - a word that is taboo in education and yet is part and parcel of the learning experience. As teachers, dealing with errors in the classroom can fundamentally change so much of the learning experience. The beliefs teachers and students hold about failure and errors changes behaviour and can cause students to persist and grow or to avoid risk and challenge. This term Psychology in the Classroom will be exploring Failure with the help of researchers and the British Journal of Educational Psychology(BJEP). This first episode introduces several key concepts with the editors of the BJEP Special...

Episode 7 28 May 2024 37m and 53s


Final Exam Preparation with Jonny Wainman

Final Exam Preparation with Jonny Wainman

Exam season is now in full swing and we are all really trying to encourage students to move away from the comfortable passive revision strategies such as reading and highlighting notes and get them to engage in more retrieval practice with flashcards and mindmaps. This week I talk to psychology teacher, Jonny Wainman about how he teaches his students study skills, we cover a wide range of topics and if you want do dive a bit deeper into the different concepts he mentioned you can find much more on the links below:

Cognition & Learning: https://changingstatesofmind.com...

Episode 6 21 May 2024 27m and 10s


Positive Education with Michelle Tytherleigh

Positive Education with Michelle Tytherleigh

My guest this week is Dr Michelle Tytherleigh author of Positive Education at all Levels: Learning to Flourish, and we are talking about how we can use positive psychology in the classroom to students to flourish. Martin Seligman asked two questions:

In two words or less what do you want for your children? In two words or less what do most schools teach?

To answer these questions so that the responses are not contradictory or incompatible Positive Education recognises the need to incorporate wellbeing into education, into the everyday learning experience and needs to involve the whole...

Episode 5 14 May 2024 28m and 45s


Supporting Teacher Wellbeing with Dr Charl Emmerson

Supporting Teacher Wellbeing with Dr Charl Emmerson

Dr Charl Emmerson is an Organisational Psychologist who has worked in schools and researches wellbeing in schools. In this interview we are discussing teacher wellbeing at both an individual level and an organisational level. WIth top tips of teachers and leadership on creating a supportive culture. In addition we discuss how SEND impacts teacher wellbeing 

Key papers/links:

NASUWT study findings on pupil behaviour: https://edexec.co.uk/verbal-and-physical-pupil-abuse-skyrockets-in-the-past-year-says-nasuwt-report/

Importance of teacher-pupil relationship: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10648-011-9170-y 

Pupil wellbeing - teacher wellbeing: https://www.sueroffey.com/wp-c...

Episode 4 7 May 2024 35m and 26s


ADHD: Supporting Students in the classroom with Prof. David Daley

ADHD: Supporting Students in the classroom with Prof. David Daley

This week I am joined by Professor David Daley from Nottingham Trent University to talk about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is something that most teachers will come across at some point and managing it well in the classroom can make a huge difference to outcomes for young people with ADHD. In this episode we cover the main psychological underpinnings of the disorder and how these manifest in the classroom as behaviour. David also offers some really useful tips on how to help young people with ADHD manage in the classroom.

You can find more on executive...

Episode 3 30 April 2024 44m and 6s


Diary Keeping, Reflective Practice and Teacher Wellbeing with Dr Lucy Kelly

Diary Keeping, Reflective Practice and Teacher Wellbeing with Dr Lucy Kelly

The teaching profession is in crisis and whilst it can be an extraordinarily rewarding and it is also an exhausting profession so self-care is essential. As a regular diary keeper I was curious to find out just how this might be helping my own wellbeing. Dr Lucy Kelly  is an Associate Professor in Education in the School of Education whose main research interest is reflective practice as a positive tool for educator wellbeing, and she is Principal Investigator for the 'Reimagining the Diary' project. Lucy talks about how our narrow concept of what diary keeping is could be a b...

Episode 1 16 April 2024 39m and 32s


How Students understand teacher communications about exams

How Students understand teacher communications about exams

In this episode Dr Hannah Wilkinson talks about her doctoral research which focused on re-evaluating teachers’ use of test-taking practices from a psychological lens; unpicking how students appraised these types of communications and how it affects their engagement in the classroom. Essentially we will consider the messages that we, as teachers, give to students when we talk about exam preparation specifically and the different ways that students might interpret these communications and how, hopefully we can make them more impactful. We talk about threat and efficacy appeals.   Papers Hannah Mentioned: Wilkinson, H. (2024). Efficacy Appeals in the High-Stakes Classroom: Re-Examining Teachers' use...

Episode 11 27 March 2024 36m and

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