March 9 - March 16, 2013

Great writing on dispositions/non-cognitive skills, including learning how to fail and develop grit.  Also, a surprising spurt of language-related articles and challenges to increasingly commonly held beliefs like Ericsson's 10,000 hours, the benefits of brain games, and more.  Plus, several nice pieces on creativity in the workplace.

FEATURED ARTICLES

          What Was Learned at SXSWedu?  EdSurge Takes Notes.
          EdSurge, 3/10/14
          "This year's gathering drew over 6,500 entrepreneurs, educators, investors, 
          researchers, policymakers, and just about anyone interested in the booming 
          education industry."

          Researchers Zero In On the Right Amount of Homework
          Stanford, 3/10/14
          "Pope and her colleagues found that too much homework can diminish its 
          effectiveness and even be counterproductive.  They cite prior research indicating 
          that homework benefits plateau at about two hours per night, and that 90 minutes 
          to two and a half hours is optimal for high school."


COGNITIVE SCIENCE 

          Start School at 9am. How One Girl Changed A District of 18,000 Kids
          New York Times, 3/13/14

          Truth and Myth About Brain Games
          Fast Company, 3/7/14

          Studies Challenge the 10,000 Hours Rule.  (But Practice Still Helps.)
          Fast Company, 3/12/14

CREATIVITY

          Candor: How Pixar Catalyzes Creativity and Collaboration
          Fast Company, 3/12/14

          Exploring "Co-Creative" Design in Education (read: Collaboration) 
          Core77, 3/10/14

DISPOSITIONS (FAILURE AND GRIT)

          6 Questions To Help Get Over Fear of Failure
          Fast Company, 3/10/14

          Another Great Artist Champions Failure
          Telegraph, 3/14/14

          Grit: It's Necessary For Teachers, Too
          Brilliant Blog, 3/11/14

          Persist: 10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People
          Mental Floss, 3/5/14

DISPOSITIONS (OTHER) 

          What is Wisdom?  Can it Be Measured?
          New York Times, 3/12/14

          Not Just Oscar-Winners: Science Is Behind Gratitude, Too
          Mother Jones, 3/3/14

          Cookie Monster, Marshmallows, Willpower, and Success
          Farnam Street, 3/4/14

DIVERSITY 

          Other Schools Start Emulating "I, Too, Am Harvard"
          Boston, 3/12/14

          What Happens When Diversity is Over-represented in Flyers
          Brilliant Blog, 3/10/14

HIGHER ED

          To College Or Not To College: That Is the Nerd's Question
          New York Times, 3/8/14

LANGUAGE

          MIT Media Lab Maps Human Emotion Through GIFs
          Quartz, 3/10/14

          Why "Mor" Is Such an Evil Sound.  (It's More Than Just "Death")
          The Week, 3/12/14

          Mispronunciation: A Source of Evolution In Language
          Guardian, 3/11/14

          Word Origins of the English Language Over Time [Infographic]
          Slate, 3/10/14

LEADERSHIP

          5 Characteristics of Good Managers
          Harvard Business Review, 3/13/14

READING/WRITING

          When is the Point of Speed-Reading Anyway?
          Atlantic, 3/10/14

          Is Reading a Class Issue?
          BBC, 3/11/14

          What do Business Leaders Treasure Most?  Their Libraries. 
          New York Times, 7/21/07 [Archive]

STEM

          4, 5, and 6-Year Olds Have Natural Algebra Skills
          Brilliant Blog, 3/8/14

          Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Return of "Cosmos"
          Space, 3/15/14

          On Becoming a (Lego) Master Builder
          Priceonomics, 3/13/14

TECH

          Justin Reich Puts MOOCs in Context
          EdWeek, 3/8/14

          3D Printing Metal
          core77, 2/20/14

OTHER

          National Perceptions and Habits about Stress
          American Psychological Association, 2/1/14

          Digitally Distracted Adults Are Bad For Kids
          New York Times, 3/10/14

          The Generation Gap in Silicon Valley: Cool vs. Meaningful
          New York Times, 3/12/14

          Should Your School Have a Wikipedian-In-Residence?
          Atlantic, 3/12/14