July 12 - July 19, 2015

Again, a healthy collaborative culture is shown to drive high quality work.  But it's worth noting the words of the NPR podcast, which includes a bit on how too much time with each other gets in the way of development of individual ideas.

Lots of other good articles this week, including a robust creativity section.  See the four articles there for four different takes on creative work.

Enjoy!

FEATURED ARTICLES

          What Determines Whether Teachers Stay, Improve, and Succeed?
          Shanker Institute, 5/28/15
          "Put simply, teachers who work in supportive contexts stay in the classroom
          longer, and improve at faster rates, than their peers in less-supportive 
          environments.  And, what appear to matter most about the school context are
          not the traditional working conditions we often think of, such as modern facilities
          and well-equipped classrooms. Instead, aspects that are difficult to observe and 
          measure seem to be most influential, including the quality of relationships and 
          collaboration among staff, the responsiveness of school administrators, and the
          academic and behavioral expectations for students."

          Meditation On Handwriting In The Age Of The Stylus
          Penguin Random House, 7/6/15
          "Maybe handwriting is neither an obsolete art nor a fundamentally human mode,
          now lost; in the symbol of a hybrid digital writing, perhaps there is some useful 
          alchemy left in the way language, the body, and our sense of identity are so
          intimately intertwined."


ATHLETICS

          Pro Baseball Scouts Are Using Neuropsych Brain Scales
          SB Nation, 7/15/15

CHARACTER

          Head Of Now-Huge AirBnB Shares Early Investor Rejection Emails
          Medium, 7/12/15

          Happiness Correlated With GPA, School Culture
          Harvard Graduate School of Education, 3/26/15

          Is Empathy A Choice?
          New York Times, 7/12/15

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Does Drawing Your Notes Help Your Understanding?
          KQED, 7/15/15

          Low Levels Of Stress--Like Fasting--Make You Smarter, Better
          Scientific American, 6/16/15

CREATIVITY

          Create First, Then Research (via Natalie Portman)
          99u, 7/15/15

          There are Turing Tests For Prose, Sonnets, And DJing (!)
          Dartmouth, 7/15/15

          Analysis Of Songwriters: Expertise Takes Much Longer Than 10 Years
          Pacific Standard, 7/15/15

          On The Need For Criticism To Drive Healthy Creativity
          Stanford Graduate School of Education, 6/23/15

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

          Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Present And Future State Of Black America
          New York Magazine, 7/12/15

HUMANITIES

          Art Makes Us Better: The Hospital Has A Writer-In-Residence
          Harvard, 7/9/15

          How Will Our Language Evolve In The Coming Decades?
          The Week, 4/15/15

          "This Is Just To Say": A Poem Becomes A Meme
          New York Magazine, 7/16/15

          This Language Has Only 123 Words In It
          Atlantic, 7/15/15

PEDAGOGY

          Lessons From Self-Directed Learning... In The 19th Century
          New York Times, 7/12/15

READING/WRITING

          A Browser Plug-In That Adjusts Word Spacing For Readability
          Quartz, 7/14/15

          On The Value Of Rereading Literature
          New York Review Of Books, 7/11/15

          How Editors Have Made Great Writers, Including Harper Lee
          Telegraph, 7/15/15

TECH

          A Look At LMS Distribution And Growth
          e-Literate, 7/14/15

          A Good Look At Cellphone Use--And Prohibition--In Schools
          Boston Globe, 6/16/15

          UN Uses Minecraft To Help Kids Build Sustainable Urban Models
          Fast Company, 7/6/15

OTHER

          Conversation Analysis.  It Exists: Second By Second
          TED, 7/15/15

          NPR Radio Hour: "Why We Collaborate"
          NPR, 7/10/15