I often write about research studies from various field and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature:

It’s Good to Be the Top Banana
is by Jonah Lehrer and appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It discusses research that has found stress is greatly increased by feelings of powerlessness. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress.

Using awareness to increase willpower is by Art Markman, who reports on an interesting study. Here is how he ends it:

What does that mean for you?

If you are in a situation where you have had a rough day, you should know that there is some chance that you will have difficulty resisting future temptations. To help you out, spend a few moments thinking about who you are and who you really want to be. This additional self-awareness will help to inoculate you against new temptations and make it more likely that you’ll use your willpower successfully.

I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

Educators once opposed raising bilingual children. Experts now say it’s beneficial. is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

Sleepy brains drawn to junk food is from CNN. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.