July 27 - August 3, 2014

An eclectic mix this week!  In addition to the feature articles on digital adolescence, mealtimes, and electron-eating bacteria, be sure to check out the Harvard study on the effectiveness of blended learning.  This offers some concrete insight into good teaching practices.


          Study Identifies Six stressors for Teens Regarding Digital Life
          Harvard, 8/1/14 [Link to Study]
          "Researchers sorted the stresses into two groups: Type 1 stressors include 
          experiences such as receiving a barrage of personal attacks, being impersonated, or 
          being outed, shamed or humiliated publicly.  Type 2 stressors involve a controlling 
          boyfriend, girlfriend, or friend constantly breaking into one's social-media accounts 
          to read digital communications with others; feeling smothered by the quantity of 
          digital communications from friends; and feeling pressure to reveal private 

          Eating Together = Healthier and Better Adjusted People
          Atlantic, 7/18/14
          "Children who do eat dinner with their parents five or more days a week have less 
          trouble with drugs and alcohol, eat healthier, show better academic performance, 
          and report being closer with their parents than children who eat dinner with their 
          parents less often, according to a study conducted by the National Center on 
          Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University."

          Scientists Discover Bacteria That Feed on Pure Electrons
          New Scientist, 7/16/14
          "Experiments growing bacteria on battery electrodes demonstrate that these novel, 
          mind-boggling forms of life are essentially eating and excreting electricity."


          Persuade Teens by Revealing How They're Being Manipulated
          Brilliant Blog, 7/30/14


          Harvard's 75-Year Study on Happiness.  Result: Happiness = Love.
          Atlantic, 4/24/13


          What Are The Effects of Sleep Debt on the Brain and Body?
          Fast Company, 7/28/14

          Daniel Kahneman Explains Thinking Fast and Slow
          Farnam Street, 7/23/14


          "Truly Creative Ideas Take a Very Long Time to be Accepted..."
          Slate, 12/6/13

          ...But Know When to Quit
          99u, 1/1/12

          From Brainstorming to Brainwriting (i.e. Think-Pair-Share)
          Fast Company, 7/29/14

          Spontaneous Creativity Takes a Lifetime of Preparation
          Farnam Street, 7/23/14


          On Teaching Kids to Ask Better Questions
          Klingspace, 7/29/14


          More in the New Republic Against the New Republic Article on Ivies
          New Republic, 7/28/14


          What Happens When Ira Glass Tweets: "Shakespeare Sucks"?
          Kottke, 7/28/14


          Harvard Study Assesses Effectiveness of Blended Learning
          Harvard, 7/28/14 [Link to Study]


          School Swaps Student-Teacher Time for More Teacher-Teacher Time
          Hechinger Report, 7/22/14

          Hymn to Being a Reflective Teacher, Particular Early in Careers
          Atlantic, 7/29/14


          Creative Reading Nooks
          Design Milk, 8/1/14

          Read to Kids. Read to Kids.  Read to Kids.
          Creativity Post, 7/31/14

          Junot Diaz: Dungeons & Dragons Made Me a Better Storyteller
          New York Times, 7/13/14

          Reading Harry Potter Might Help Battle Prejudice
          Pacific Standard, 7/29/14


          NASA Starts 3D Printing in Space This Year
          Pacific Standard, 7/28/14


          Six More Strategies for Reducing Time Spent on Email
          Edutopia, 7/31/14

          MIT Releases Scratch Jr, an iPad Programming Tool for Ages 5-8
          MIT, 7/30/14


          Busier is Not Better
          New York Times, 6/30/12


          What's In a Name?  Quite A Bit, It Turns Out!
          Atlantic, 7/29/14