July 24 - July 31, 2016

The feature article on silence feels urgent in an age of digital preoccupation.  Do students (adults?) have two hours of silence per day?

Over the past few weeks I've learned about Malcolm Gladwell's podcast "Revisionist History."  This week's newsletter includes several episodes.

A wealth of good reading this week... enjoy!


The Cultural, Cognitive Benefits Of Silence
Nautilus, 7/7/16
"As it turned out, even though all the sounds had short-term neurological effects, not one of them had a lasting impact.  Yet to her great surprise, Kriste found that two hours of silence per day prompted cell development in the hippocampus, the brain region related to the formation of memory, involving the senses.  This was deeply puzzling: The total absence of input was having a more pronounced effect than any sort of input tested."

Portfolios And Presentations Instead Of Tests
Hechinger Report, 7/27/16
"Do presentations, projects and portfolios give a better idea of what a student has learned than a class grade or a score on a standardized exam?  And are they particularly valuable for students who have struggled in traditional high school classes?  Many advocates believe that adopting such an approach to assessment for all students could spur teaching that aims to encourage thinking and reasoning, rather than just passing a test."


More Awe And Wonder --> Less Selfishness
BBC, 8/27/15

On The Challenges Of Teaching Character In Standards-Based Curricula
Atlantic, 7/25/16

Growth Mindset Correlated With Success For Low Income Students
KQED, 7/26/16

Grit: Skateboarder Tries And Fails A Jump... 2,000 Times. Finally Lands It.
YouTube, 6/7/16


How Does Prior Knowledge Work?  How Do I Use It?
Faculty Focus, 7/27/16


All That's New Is Old
New Statesman, 7/26/16

Gladwell: Conceptual Genius vs. Experimental Genius
Revisionist History, 7/27/16


Is Cursive Making A Comeback?
Washington Post, 7/26/16


Wikipedia Partners With Libraries For Greater Gender Balance
Pacific Standard, 7/27/16

Ten Tips For Diversifying: From Arts Organizations
Arts Professional, 7/21/16

How Some Colleges Are Considering Diversity In The Curriculum
Atlantic, 7/29/16

Gladwell: Diverse, Low-SES Talent Is Everywhere, But Hard To Find.
Revisionist History, 7/6/16

Gladwell: When Two Colleges Woo Income Diversity In Different Ways
Revisionist History, 7/13/16


Teacher's Guide To Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World And Me
Penguin Random House, 7/19/16


Making Time Matter In Leadership Meetings
Harvard Business Review, 9/1/04

How Much Transparency Is The Right Amount Of Transparency?
Harvard Business Review, 10/1/14

An Introduction To Self-Managing Organizations
Harvard Business Review, 12/1/11

How's That Holacracy Thing Going?
Harvard Business Review, 7/1/16


General Guidelines For Writing A Syllabus
Cult Of Pedagogy, 7/24/16

"7 Learning Strategies To Borrow From Kids"
Mental Floss, 7/25/16

Pedagogy, Then Technology (All In Service Of Learning)
George Couros, 7/28/16

Educational "Escape Rooms": Gamification Gets Experiential
Atlantic, 7/28/16

Four Hour Classes, Self-Paced, At This High-Needs Bronx School
Atlantic, 7/19/16


Why We Study Math, A Historical Look
NPR, 7/23/16


An Analysis Of Solar Power Generation In America, By State
Priceonomics, 7/25/16


An Introduction To Machine Learning
Medium, 5/5/14

3D Printing Hits The Fashion World
Quartz, 7/28/16

Drones Are Having Their Smartphone Moment, Becoming Platforms
Quartz, 11/5/15


Some Metrics For Assessing The Health Of A School
Private School Review, 5/26/16


"Virtual First Period": Online Class Makes For Flexible Work, More Sleep.
EdSurge, 7/25/16

Indiana School District Pushes Start Time To 8:35am. More Sleep.
WISHTV, 7/27/16

Um, Ah, Like... On Using Filler Words For Positive Effect
Quartz, 7/25/16

Is There A Science To Morality?
Edge, 7/20/10

Making Procrastination Count: An Interview With Charles Duhigg
Atlantic, 7/25/16