Source: Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success | Inc.com
So what was the most important factor contributing to a team’s effectiveness?
It was psychological safety.
Simply put, psychological safety refers to an individual’s perception of taking a risk, and the response his or her teammates will have to taking that risk.
Google describes it this way:
In a team with high psychological safety, teammates feel safe to take risks around their team members. They feel confident that no one on the team will embarrass or punish anyone else for admitting a mistake, asking a question, or offering a new idea.
In other words, great teams thrive on trust.
Source: This Is How a Scholar Behaves – The Chronicle of Higher Education
New faculty members are given a host of advice, much of it confusing, about teaching personae — i.e., how to comport yourself in the college classroom. The advice tends to fall into two categories:
- Half of the time you’re told to “just be yourself” — as if the self is a stable and known entity, always the same no matter the context.
- Another chunk of advice tells new teachers to wear the mask of the authoritative professor — perhaps by emulating a favorite academic from your own education. But that tactic overlooks the way that such masks don’t fit all faces. Not everyone feels comfortable pretending to be someone else.
Both kinds of advice suffer from a misplaced focus on identity, I think. It’s not easy, nor is it advisable, to try to change who you are. Much better to try to change what you do. It’s much more useful to think about your teaching persona as made up of deliberate choices you make about how you will act in the classroom — for specific reasons — than it is to try to be a certain kind of teacher. If you are guided by actions, instead of identity, you can decide on actions to further your pedagogical goals. That approach has little to do with what kind of person you are, and much more to do with what kind of class you want to create.
Check out four best practices for teaching writing that can help you improve student learning without creating a mountain of grading work.
Source: Assigning More Writing—With Less Grading | Edutopia
Among the ways social sciences research can have impact is by influencing public policy. Duncan Green recently attended an event at which this subject was much discussed, with a leading government …
Source: Impact of Social Sciences – Want to ensure your research influences policy? Advice from a government insider
From vaccinations to climate change, getting science wrong has very real consequences. But journal articles, a primary way science is communicated in academia, are a different format to newspaper a…
Source: Impact of Social Sciences – How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists
Spontaneous, off-the-cuff speaking can be tricky, but it’s easier when you don’t try to memorize a script. Here’s how to prepare instead.
Source: The Only Three Notes You Need To Write Before Speaking Off-Script
“It’s really an environmental imperative to figure out how we can make things last as long as possible.”
Source: ‘It Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket’ | FAIR