Paranormal Investigation: The Spirit Seeking Methods

Kristy Sumner is the leader of Soul Sisters Paranormal, an all women team of paranormal investigators wielding advanced degrees who use academic-minded methods to research the history and reported paranormal activities at haunted locations. Kris joined ConverSapiens for episode 7 of the show to discuss their work. The following is an excerpt from our ghostlyContinue reading “Paranormal Investigation: The Spirit Seeking Methods”

Isolated Facts: The Standardized Multiple Choice Conundrum

Dr. Jonathan Adams is a psychology professor with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. I am a high school teacher with some… ideas about the failures of standardized testing and its impact on what our students learn, as well as what they come to believe “learning” is. In this excerpt from episode 5 of ConverSapiens, weContinue reading “Isolated Facts: The Standardized Multiple Choice Conundrum”

Freud, Piaget & Vygotsky Walk into a Bar…

Dr. Jonathan Adams joined episode 5 of ConverSapiens to discuss his specialty, developmental psychology. In this excerpt from our conversation, he defines developmental psych and offers some thoughts on traditional psychoanalysis, modern therapy, and the developmental theories of Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, and Lev S. Vygotsky. First off, what is developmental psychology, for those ofContinue reading “Freud, Piaget & Vygotsky Walk into a Bar…”

The Cushing’s Nightmare: 10 Cortisol Symptoms

Cushing’s Syndrome, or Cushing’s Disease, is a term that describes the effects of hypercortisolism. That’s when you have way too much cortisol – the stress hormone – in your body. You can have endogenous Cushing’s if your body produces too much cortisol because of a pituitary tumor, an adrenal problem, or from some other internalContinue reading “The Cushing’s Nightmare: 10 Cortisol Symptoms”

Heel Striking Is Your Problem

Ethan Hammond is a performance therapist and CrossFit instructor who helps people improve their mobility and athleticism. He came on ConverSapiens to discuss the top 5 mobility issues he encounters in his work, one of which is the inability to run well. In this excerpt from the show, Ethan describes his own journey as aContinue reading “Heel Striking Is Your Problem”

It’s Vague Across the Pond: European vs. American English

Ethan Hammond is a mobility coach born in America, now living in the UK. He came on the 3rd episode of ConverSapiens to discuss mobility issues, but first we talked about some of his observations about the differences in American and European English. In this excerpt from the show, we discuss English vagueness… or isContinue reading “It’s Vague Across the Pond: European vs. American English”

Become a Better Artist: The Role of Criticism

An art teacher’s take on the role of criticism in improvement. In this excerpt from the ConverSapiens podcasts, art teacher Chris Screws answers questions about the most common errors of beginner artists, the role of personal expression in their work, and the goal of the artist. We also discuss shape drawing and learning to observe like anContinue reading “Become a Better Artist: The Role of Criticism”

Haunted Houses & The Birth of a High School Special FX Class

How a haunted Halloween attraction led to a one of a kind art program. I spoke with art teacher and lifelong artist Chris Screws about the unique Special Effects class he has pioneered in the Visual Art program at Pinson Valley High School. His Special Effects class is one of only five such programs offeredContinue reading “Haunted Houses & The Birth of a High School Special FX Class”

The Heart of Art Education

What’s the point of studying visual art? Every student has asked the familiar question: “When am I ever going to use this?” I recently had a conversation with a very talented artist and art educator, Chris Screws, who helped answer that question for visual art classes. Mr. Screws has 19 years of experience teaching art atContinue reading “The Heart of Art Education”