March 13 - March 20, 2016

If you're looking for reasons to postpone replying to an email, see the workplace article on plotting our work by urgency and importance...

Otherwise, enjoy the wealth of interesting articles this week, including Scientific American's article from a year or two ago on the measured benefits of diversity in groups.  More currently, posts on the digital humanities, on effective teacher collaboration, and on what math we should teach and when provide good source material for fostering discussions where you are.

Lastly, the articles in the "other" section this week offer insight into the changing experience of being an adolescent today.

These and many other this week... Enjoy!


"How Diversity Makes Us Smarter"
Scientific American, 10/1/14
"It seems obvious that a group of people with diverse individual expertise would be better than a homogenous group at solving complex, nonroutine problems.  It is less obvious that social diversity should work in the same way--yet the science shows that it does.  This is not only because people with different backgrounds bring new information.  Simply interacting with individuals who are different forces group members to prepare better, to anticipate alternate viewpoints and to expect that reaching consensus will take effort."

Alfie Kohn Asks The Right Questions About Tech In Education
EdSurge, 3/16/16
"We can't answer the question 'Is tech useful in schools?' until we've grappled with a deeper question: 'What kinds of learning should be taking place in those schools?'  If we favor an approach by which students actively construct meaning, an interactive process that involves deep understanding of ideas and emerges from the interests and questions of the learners themselves, well, then we'd be open to the kinds of technology that truly support this kind of inquiry.  Show me something that helps kids create, design, produce, construct--and I'm on board."


4 Ways Teens Approach Conflict, And Their Mental Health Risks
New York Times, 3/16/16


Is CTE Far More Common Than In Pro Sports?
ESPN, 3/16/16


Brené Brown On The Difference Between Sympathy And Empathy
YouTube, 12/10/13


Brains Are Wired To Focus On The Negative, But We Can Change This
Medium, 3/15/16


7 Great Principles Of Innovation Derived From Wide Ranging Sources
Creativity Post, 3/15/16


What Is Implicit Bias?  5 Strategies To Address It
Edutopia, 3/14/16


Data On The Changing Numbers Of Humanities Majors
Inside Higher Ed, 3/14/16

Stanley Fish: The Difference Between A Mindset And An Opinion
Weekly Standard, 3/21/16

The Wildness Of Emily Dickinson
Longreads, 3/15/16

The Theory Behind Computational Textual Analysis
3 Quarks Daily, 3/14/16

What Is A Digital Liberal Arts Program?
Middlebury, 2/26/16


7 Conditions For Increasing Teacher Leadership
KQED, 3/16/16

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, By World Leaders
Harvard Business School, 3/15/16


A Definition Of Personalized Learning (vs. Adaptive Learning)
e-Literate, 3/16/16

One Teacher Reflects On Going Gradeless
THE Journal, 3/15/16

Kids Should Learn Through Play... Says Lego
Guardian, 3/15/16

What Are The Principles Of Connected Learning?
LinkedIn, 3/17/16


What Makes For Effective Teacher Teams
Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2/29/16

Productive Group Work = Equal Air Time, And Social Sensitivity
New York Times, 2/25/16

Should Teaching Have A Residency Period, Like Medicine?
Medium, 3/17/16

An App For Class Observation, Lesson Study
KQED, 3/10/16


What Does Digital Reading Mean For Data On How People Read?
New York Times, 3/14/16

Stanford Develops A Science Writing Program
Stanford, 3/11/16


Slower Is Faster: Traffic-Free Autonomous Car Intersections
MIT News, 3/17/16

The Argument For Teaching Numeracy Instead Of Advanced Math
New York Times, 2/27/16

Or Should We Teach Complex Math At Young Ages?
Boston Globe, 3/15/16


John Maeda Offers Design-In-Tech Report For 2016
SlideShare, 3/14/16

Kids On Phones During Assembly?  Theaters Are Using Lasers...
New York Times, 3/14/16

Playing Video Games Correlates With Good Psychological Health
Hechinger Report, 3/14/16

Research On The Relationship Between Games And Online Learning
The Ed Advocate, 7/23/15


A Plot On 2 Axes Of Work, Sorted by: Urgency And Importance
Twitter, 3/16/16


On The Health Benefits Of Eating Breakfast
NPR, 3/17/16

Students Believe They Will Succeed, But Few Feel They Know How
Gallup, 3/15/16

80 Years Of Data On Depression
New York Magazine, 3/13/16