November 20 - November 27, 2016

Four strong feature articles, and the two on willpower offer (sometimes contradictory) insight into willpower, which is one element in the many-headed subject of grit.

The review of Alejandro Zambra's satire of standardized testing is itself brilliant.  I look forward to reading the novel itself.  It's really worth taking a peek at the New Inquiry review for a sample of his humor.

Lots of other useful articles this week, including three articles about assessing fake news (which raise questions about where media/source evaluation fits in the curriculum), further insight into teaching gratitude (and the right kind of gratitude, in particular), and teaching composition.



Recognizing The Humanities In An Age Of STEM
Harvard Magazine, 11/21/16
"For Rudenstine, humanistic study is recursive, marked by a passionate recidivism: it sends us back, time and again, to the "humanistic object," the song or play or poem that begs to be reinterpreted, to be explained once more. "We look to the humanities to provide us with illuminating works to which we can return passionately in the hope of discovering new insights, new ideas, and new knowledge." This sense of recurrent contact is at the root of the humanities' appeal, and their ability to enrich our lives, according to Rudenstine.  More than any other sphere of knowledge, they are better at bringing us close to the "texture and flux" of human experience."

"The Delivery Room For The Birth Of Ideas" - Libraries' Past And Future
National Post, 11/21/16
"The internet, of course, is a marvellous place to find specific facts but it can't do what a library does.  It can't stimulate the imagination by showing us what an unconquerable ocean of knowledge is available to all of us.  Walking through a library, seeing and touching an astonishing number of books on obscure subjects can be a revelation.  For many of us it's our first glimpse of the sea of information available, our first hint of our own bottomless ignorance."

Maybe We've Gotten Willpower Wrong; Maybe It Doesn't Deplete
Harvard Business Review, 11/23/16
"Dweck concluded that signs of ego depletion were observed only in test subjects who believed willpower was a limited resource.  Those participants who did not see willpower as finite did not show signs of ego depletion...  Michael Inzlicht, principal investigator at the Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience, believes willpower is not a finite resource but instead acts like an emotion.  Just as we don't "run out" of joy or anger, willpower ebbs and flows based on what's happening to us and how we feel.  Viewing willpower through this lens has profound implications."

What Do People With Strong Willpower And Self-Control Do?
Vox, 11/24/16
"The students who exerted more self-control were not more successful in accomplishing their goals.  It was the students who experienced fewer temptations overall who were more successful when the researchers checked back in at the end of the semester.  What's more, the people who exercised more effortful self-control also reported feeling more depleted.  So not only were they not meeting their goals, they were also exhausted from trying."


Stanford Creates Online Bank Of Performance Assessments
Stanford Graduate School of Education, 10/25/16

A Satirical Novel Written In The Form Of A Standardized Test
The New Inquiry, 11/25/16


Gratitude: Be Thankful For What Others Have Done, Not What You Have
Harvard Business Review, 6/29/16 [Report]

Remembering What You Have Given Leads To More Giving
Medium, 11/24/16


A Walkthrough Of The Cognitive Processes Of Learning Something New
KQED, 11/21/16

Mechanics Of Memorization (For Recall, Not For Learning)
Farnam Street, 11/14/16


Kids (And Adults!) Are Not Good At Assessing Credibility Of Online Sources
Stanford, 11/22/16

More Evidence That Kids Are Bad At Assessing Online News Sources
Wall Street Journal, 11/21/16

Communications Prof Provides Tips For Assessing Online News Sources
Google Docs, 11/15/16


Cal State System Aggregates Higher Ed Teaching Portfolios
EdSurge, 11/23/16

Today's Average College Student Is Not Who You Think They Are
LearnLaunch, 11/16/16


The Collinwood Fire: Professor Spends Year Creating Online History Unit
Collinwood Fire, 10/6/16

The Six Most Common Emotional Narrative Arcs
Pacific Standard, 11/21/16 [Report]

Teaching 1984 After The 2016 Election
Atlantic, 11/20/16


On Building A Culture Of Collaboration
Ed Leader, 11/26/16

Leaders: Providers Of Safety, Builders Of Trust
TED, 3/1/14

Suggestions For Preparing For Leadership Succession
District Administration, 11/17/16


Growth Mindset Is Not A Silver Bullet (Reprise)
EdSurge, 10/27/16


5 Strategies For Improving Student Writing
Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/21/16

Renaissance Learning Releases 2017 K-12 Reading Report
eSchoolNews, 11/18/16

A Simple Plan To Read More: Read 25 Pages A Day
Medium, 1/30/16


Brilliant Visualizations Of Algorithms: Sample, Sort, Maze
Mike Bostocks, 6/26/14

An Introduction To Computational Thinking
EdSurge, 8/6/16


Arctic Ice Is At An Unprecedented Recorded Low
BuzzFeed, 11/19/16


How 60 Families Handle Their Kids' Tech Habits
New York Times, 11/19/16

Can Voice Analysis Help Counselors Spot Suicidal Teens?
Quartz, 11/22/16

A Turning Point For 3D Printing (According To A 3D Printer Company)
AON3D, 11/15/16


Meetings And Distractions: The Two Kilers Of Our Ability To Focus
Harvard Business Review, 8/3/16