January 31 - February 7, 2016

The feature article on micro-credentials is about teacher professional development, but applies just as well to what can be done in student classrooms.  What would happen if you replaced every use of the word "teacher" with "student"?  I think it's a glimpse of things to come.

The article on the MIT Dean stepping down to form a new university is something of a teaser.  The vision is vague and the university is years away, if it gets built, and so there's no sense of the details, but both she (the Dean) and the article ask compelling questions.  People are really moving on some of these large issues surrounding good pedagogy.

Enjoy these, and more!



FEATURED ARTICLES

7 Lessons From Working With Micro-Credentials/Badges
EdSurge, 1/30/16
"Micro-credentials can personalize professional learning to meet teachers' individual needs, and allow them to quickly take what they learn and apply it to their classrooms.  This new wave of personalized, competency=-based professional development provides a way for teachers to earn recognition for the skills they acquire through formal and informal learning opportunities."



ASSESSMENT

College Board Offers Summer SAT: To What End?
Atlantic, 2/4/16


CHARACTER

Five Strategies For Developing Self-Control
Creativity Post, 2/1/16

Which Character Traits Correlate With Academic Success?
KQED, 2/1/16


COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Stopping And Reflecting Makes People Better At What They Do
Psychology Today, 1/21/16


CREATIVITY

For More Creativity, Limit Rules, And Focus On Values And Joy
New York Times, 1/30/16

A Reminder Of How To Brainstorm Effectively
Inc., 2/4/16


CURRICULUM

What Does "Computer Science For All" Mean?
Hack Education, 2/5/16

Most Popular Curricular Books As Listed In 1 Million Syllabuses
Washington Post, 2/3/16


DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

A Brief Reminder That Race Is A Social Construct
Pacific Standard, 2/4/16

On Gender Bias In Teacher Ratings
NPR, 1/25/16


HIGHER ED

MIT Dean Takes Leave To Start A University From The Ground Up
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/1/16


LANGUAGE

#jesuiscirconflexe: French Schools Drop Accent From Many Words
CBC, 2/4/16

On The Pleasure Of Constructed Languages
JStor, 1/26/16



LEADERSHIP

Why Holacracy Might Not Be Working: People Need Attention
Gallup, 2/5/16


MAKER

On The Many Uses Of A Makerspace
New York Times, 2/5/16

Stories From Makerspaces In Libraries
KQED, 2/5/16


PEDAGOGY

Exit Tickets: The Daily Check For Understanding
Edutopia, 6/23/15


READING/WRITING

Teach Vocabulary Through Analyzing and Writing Rap Lyrics
NPR, 12/23/15


STEM

Is Multiple Regression Analysis Really A Useful Tool?
Edge, 1/21/16


TECH

A Deep Look Into The Possibilities Of Counseling Via Text Message
New Yorker, 2/9/16

The Next Step In Trying To Replace Teachers With Machines
Atlantic, 1/22/16

The Beginnings Of 4D Printing
Inc., 1/29/16

One Professor's Thoughts On Laptops In The Classroom
Medium, 9/7/15

5M Kids Take Test. 80% Take It Online. Paper Test Takers Did Better
EdWeek, 2/3/16



WORKPLACE

Some Organizations Create Workplace Culture Manifestos
Stanford Social Innovation Review, 1/29/16

Most Highly Rated Employee Benefits And Perks.
Fast Company, 2/3/16



OTHER

Mozart's Daily Routine
Brain Pickings, 1/27/16

A History Of Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy
Vulture, 1/1/16

The Weird Effects Logos Have On People
Fast Company, 2/1/16

On The State Of Microschools
EdWeek, 1/26/16