September 14 - September 21, 2014

Some terrific confluences this week:

Remarkably, the famous marshmallow test for self-control appeared in several articles this week.  Among them, the feature article on self-control offers a deep and insightful look at the circumstances of learning self-control, putting it in a context not only of the familiar frames of grit and willpower, but also in the broader landscape of emotion.  In the end, it argues that our ability to learn self-control (and therefore grit and willpower) comes from having emotional habits and reserve.  And, remarkably, the role of emotion in learning appears, as well, in post this week by science writer Annie Murphy Paul.

Also, last week featured several articles indicating the importance of one-on-one relationships to learning and to bringing about change.  This week, that principle surfaces again, but in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Education is a social experience, after all.

Lastly, Deresiewicz's splash this summer, after rippling in many directions, seems to have reached shore.  David Brooks summarizes the discussion, and Deresiewicz himself goes on the road.



          Teach Self-Control (Grit) Through Socio-Emotional Experience
          Pacific Standard, 9/15/14
          "Cultivate the right emotions, the prosocial ones, in daily life.  These emotions--
          gratitude, compassion, authentic pride, and even guilt--work from the bottom up, 
          without requiring cognitive effort on our part, to shape decisions that favor the 

          Collaboration Improves Motivation, Persistence, Energy...
          Stanford, 9/15/14
          "When people were treated as though they were working together they: persisted 
          48 to 64 percent longer on a challenging task, reported more interest in the task, 
          became less tired by having to persist on the task... became more engrossed in the 
          task and performed better on it, and finally, when people were encouraged to reflect 
          on how their interest in the puzzle was relevant to their personal values and 
          identity, people chose to do 53 percent more related tasks in a separate setting one 
          to two weeks later."

          Three Lessons from the History of Ed Tech
          EdWeek, 9/14/14
          "Second, when innovative practices do emerge, they are much more likely to emerge 
          in places serving affluent students.  Low income students are much more likely to 
          experience technology as a tool for drill and remediation, and wealthier students 
          are more likely to experience technology as a tool for creation and innovation."


          The Marshmallow Self Control Test: Remixed for the Digital Age
          KQED, 9/15/14

          John Dewey on Curiosity and Mental Discipline
          Brain Pickings, 9/19/14

          Thoughts on Wisdom in the Age of Information
          Brain Pickings, 9/9/14

          Sesame Street Promotes Grit and Growth Mindset, Too
          YouTube/Sesame Street, 9/10/14


          On the Significance of Emotion in Learning
          Brilliant Blog, 9/17/14

          Why People Love Repetition
          Brain Pickings, 9/18/14


          How One Man Makes a Mint Gaming College Admissions
          Business Week, 9/3/14


          Jonah Lehrer on Ten Ways to Stimulate Creativity
          Wall Street Journal, 3/12/12

          Your Creative Output is Likely a Result of What You Input
          Harvard Business Review, 9/15/14


          Harvard's Most Enrolled Course Ever: Intro to Computer Science
          Harvard Crimson, 9/11/14

          More on How Music Helps Students
          NPR, 9/20/14


          David Brooks Summarizes the Discussion After Deresiewicz
          New York Times, 9/16/14

          Deresiewicz Takes His Ideas On Tour... To the Ivies
          New York Times, 9/19/14


          What is "Good Taste" When Talking About Books?
          New York Times, 9/16/14


          Former RISD President on Leadership as StoryListening, Not Telling
          YouTube/Power of Storytelling, 9/12/14


          More Evidence That Face-To-Face Time Supports Learning
          Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/15/14

          What is the Role of Role-Playing in Class?
          KQED, 9/16/14


          3 Questions to Help You Say No to More Work
          Farnam Street, 9/8/14


          Do Better Teachers Receive Lower Evaluations from Weaker Students?
          Harvard Business Review, 9/18/14

          Advice (for Parents) on Parent-Teacher Conferences
          NPR, 9/18/14