August 24 - August 31, 2014

The "Seven Reasons Teachers Would do a Job Better Than Non-Teachers" is a great feel-good read.  It starts right off the bat with an under-appreciated fact about teachers: that teachers are prolific creative professionals.  

This week's article on keeping an organized workplace the way chefs do (called: "mise-en-place") really argues that organization reduces your cognitive load at work.  It's like Steve Jobs' decision to wear the same turtleneck and jeans each day; it becomes one less thing to distract you from what matters.  What would this look like for teachers?

Also,consider the thought piece about the turning point of video games in today's culture.  Video games have been the domain of nerds, as movies once were.  Here's the question: we now show movies in school; will we eventually assign video games in school?  Study them?  We know already that players of games like Civilization do better in history classes.  Things are happening in this field.


          The Ivies, Deresiewicz, and the Soul of Higher Education
          New Yorker, 9/1/14
          "Even in the era of fast tracks and credentialism, the psychic mechanisms of an 
          education are mysterious.  Let teachers like Deresiewicz believe.  For a couple of 
          hours every week, students are theirs in the classroom to challenge and entrance.  
          Then the clock strikes, and the kids flock back into the madness of their lives.  Did 
          the new material reach them?  Will the lesson be washed from their minds?  Who 
          knows.  They heard it.  Life will take care of the rest."

          Professor Bans Emails... And Receives Better Reviews from Students 
          Inside Higher Ed, 8/27/14
          "You should only use email as a tool to set up a one-on-one meeting with me if 
          office hours conflict with your schedule.  Use the subject line "Meeting request."  
          Emails sent for any other reason will not be considered or acknowledged.  I 
          strongly encourage you to ask questions about the syllabus and assignments during 
          class time... Our conversations should take place in person or over the phone rather 
          than via email, thus allowing us to get to know each other better and fostering a 
          more collegial learning atmosphere."


          Why Aren't Top Colleges Enrolling More Low Income Students?
          New York Times, 8/25/14


          IQ and EQ... and Now CQ: Curiosity Quotient
          Harvard Business Review, 8/27/14

          Failing More Leads to Faster Future Learning
          Fast Company, 8/24/14

          Persist: Initially Rejected Ideas Are Often More Valuable Later 
          Fast Company, 8/9/14

          Purpose as Motivator and Source of Grit
          KQED, 8/18/14


          How (And How Not) to Handle Current Events in Schools (#Ferguson)
          Washington Post, 8/26/14

          Want to Teach About Ferguson?  Here's Your List of Resources.
          Atlantic, 8/25/14


          Why Is History Worth Studying and Teaching?
          New Yorker, 8/28/14

          John Updike's Trash Was Another Man's Treasure
          Atlantic, 8/28/14


          Encourage Your Teachers to Develop and Share Interests at Work
          Harvard Business Review, 8/29/14

          What are the Hidden Costs of Low Teaching Salaries?
          New Teacher Project, 7/15/14

          Email Policies (and Greater Productivity) Must Come from the Top
          New York Times, 8/29/14

          American Academy of Pediatrics Endorse Later School Start Time
          NPR, 8/25/14


          How to Teach Computer Science... Without the Computers
          Brilliant Blog, 8/27/14

          12 Year Old Boy Receives 3D Printed Vertebrae in Spine Surgery
          CBS News, 8/22/14

          Minecraft Players Build Rudimentary Computers... In Minecraft
          CNET, 8/20/14

          21 GIFs that Explain Math Concepts Beautifully
          IFL Science, 8/26/14


          Assessing TurnItIn: Anti-Plagiarism Software
          NPR, 8/25/14

          Assessing Google Classroom: Digital Resource Management
          NPR, 8/26/14

          Take Notes on Paper, Import Directly to your iPad
          Fast Company, 8/27/14


          Organize the Way Great Chefs Do: "Mise-en-place"
          NPR, 8/11/14


          7 Reasons Teachers Would Do a Job Better Than Non-Teachers
          Quartz, 8/29/14

          What Scales in Education?
          EdSurge, 8/27/14

          Americans Are More Satisfied with Education Than Before
          Gallup, 8/28/14

          A Turning Point in Games: Entering Mass Culture
          BuzzFeed, 8/28/14

          Some Surprisingly Healthy Advice for Students for Doing Well
          Business Insider, 8/25/14