May 1 - May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

A big week for character, and two articles on character this week--one on Dweck's growth mindset and one on Duckworth's work with grit--both arrive at the same conclusion: learn from failure.  This seems to be at the heart of resilience, persistence, and more.

Also, the final article this week is a remarkable interactive infographic by the New York Times, indicating the racial diversity, income, and academic performance of school districts in America.  It's brilliant work.


APA Provides 20 Research-Backed Principles of Learning
American Psychological Association, 9/1/15
"The first eight principles relate to cognition and address the question: How do students think and learn? The next four (9-12) discuss the question: What motivates students? The following three (13-15) pertain to the social context and emotional dimensions that affect learning and focus on the question: Why are social context, interpersonal relationships, and emotional well-being important to student learning? The next two principles (16-17) relate to how context can affect learning and address the question: How can the classroom best be managed? Finally, the last three principles (18-20) examine the question: How can teachers assess student progress?"

What Teachers Need For Excellent PD: Not Compliance, But Agency
Medium, 4/26/16
"Teacher agency emerged as a factor that needs to be elevated in the discourse about professional learning.  This report emphasizes the importance of teacher agency and pinpoints strategies that education leaders and policy makers can use to leverage agency in designing more effective professional learning."

Online TA Was Actually A Computer... Welcome, Our AI Overlords
Wall Street Journal, 5/6/16
"Last year, a team of Georgia Tech researchers began creating Ms. Watson by poring through nearly 40,000 postings on a discussion forum known as 'Piazza' and training her to answer related questions based on prior responses.  By late March, she began posting responses live."

Bringing Only One Diverse Candidate Won't Help You Diversify
Harvard Business Review, 4/26/16
"Managers need to know that working to get one woman or minority considered for a position might be futile, because the odds are likely slim if they are the lone woman or nonwhite candidate.  But if managers can change the status quo of the finalist pool by including two women, then the women have a fighting chance... When there were two minorities or women in the pool of finalists, the status quo changed, resulting in a woman or minority becoming the favored candidate."


Meme: "Ten Things That Require Zero Talent" (A No Excuses Pep Talk)
Swissmiss, 5/3/16

A Review Of Duckworth's "Grit": Learn From Failure
Atlantic, 5/1/16

The Key To Happiness Is... To Question What Happiness Is
Nautilus, 4/18/16

To Teach Growth Mindsets, Focus On Responses To Failure
NPR, 5/6/16


On Not Getting Enough Sleep
NPR, 4/26/16


How To Be Creative (And Have A Soul) In The Age Of Self-Promotion
New Yorker, 5/4/16


Meditation Associated With The Amount Of Gray Matter In The Brain
Pacific Standard, 4/29/16


A History Of The Word Processor
New Republic, 5/2/16


On Student-Led Parent Conferences
Hechinger Report, 4/6/16

How School Districts Perform: By Money, Race, and Success
New York Times, 4/29/16