April 3 - April 10, 2016
Should we diversify tech modes of expression for kids (Reich) or just get them to read for longer periods every night (Schmoker)? They're both probably right, and finding the balance is the hard part.
While we figure all that out, there's lots of good reading here, including practical advice for the last five minutes of class, philosophical views on happiness, and more.
Justin Reich On Connected Learning: The 21st Century Harkness
"In connected courses, we solve the coordination problem with a different approach: we give everyone their own spaces online to produce learning materials--blogs, Twitter feeds, websites, web domains, etc.--and then we use technology to make a copy of everything that students do and aggregate those copies. Students own their own means of production, and the purpose of technology is to aggregate what students choose to share."
Schmoker: Simplify And Focus. Teachers Should Do Less.
"School leaders are faced with more initiative fatigue and bureaucratic baggage than ever. Our systems have become too complex... and that's an implementation killer. 'The real cost of complexity is stagnation. We get barely any improvement, even though we have lots of change."
On Boys -- And Making Masculinity More Expressive
New York Times, 4/4/16
"Despite the emergence of the metrosexual and an increase in stay-at-home dads, tough-guy stereotypes die hard. As men continue to fall behind women in college, while outpacing them four to one in the suicide rate, some colleges are waking up to the fact that men may need to be taught to think beyond their own stereotypes."
How Young Adult Lit Can Help Kids Understand Consent
Oliver Sacks: Don't Wait Until You're Motivated--Just Do It
New York Magazine, 4/6/16
NYT Produces 7-Minute "Conversation With Asians About Race"
New York Times, 4/5/16
How Do Books Make You Feel? Why English Should Teach Emotion
How Eastern Philosophy Can Help Students Make College Decisions
Wall Street Journal, 4/1/16
4 Strategies For The Last Five Minutes Of Class
Chronicle Of Higher Education, 3/7/16
On The Relevance Of The Citation In The Age Of Google
LA Review Of Books, 3/29/16
"How The Average Triumphed Over The Median" -- A History
How Tracking In MS Math Influences HS Achievement
Divide By Zero On A Mechanical Calculator--And It Goes Berserk
Humans Spread "Like Invasive Species"
Should Education Care About Blockchain? Audrey Watters Explores
Hack Education, 4/7/16
NH Schools Send Their Students Into The World To Learn
Five Approaches To Curbing Bullying In Schools
NYT: "The Keys To Happiness"
New York Times, 4/1/16