January 1 - January 8, 2017

A number of articles this week on the impact habits and behaviors have on later life.

Also, in Pedagogy, see four parts of a series published in the Chronicle of Higher Education about some of the small moves we make when teaching: the opening 5 minutes, the last 5 minutes, etc.  These are good nuggets.

Ok, so the assessment headline on the history of grading is a little tough on the article, which goes deep on what is known about grading practices.  But, be prepared to not be surprised, and instead have school conversations you've had about grading nicely summarized.  This is a link to an academic article, though, and it is dense writing.

And what's a new year without a few "secret of success" click-bait-y pieces.  Still, there's often a grain of something in them, so I've included a few in the Character section.



Danah Boyd: Media Literacy Alone Isn't The Solution
Points, 1/5/17
"In the United States, we're moving towards tribalism, and we're undoing the social fabric of our country through polarization, distrust, and self-segregation... We cannot fall back on standard educational approaches because the societal context has shifted.  We also cannot simply assume that information intermediaries can fix the problem for us, whether they be traditional news media or social media.  We need to get creative and build the social infrastructure necessary for people to meaningfully and substantively engage across existing structural lines."

What Is Design Thinking?
Atlantic, 1/4/17
"Historically, creativity has been portrayed as a mysterious, elusive force--a gift from the gods or the muses.  Creativity can't be summoned, the thinking goes, let alone taught to the mentally inflexible, unimaginative, muse-less masses.  Design thinking upends that perception and assumes that anyone can be a creative problem-solver."

6 Questions For A Full Life, From HGSE Dean James Ryan [video]
YouTube/HGSE, 5/29/16
"So these are the five essential questions:  'Wait, what?' is at the root of all understanding.  'I wonder' is at the heart of all curiosity.  'Couldn't we at least...?' is the beginning of all progress.  'How can I help?' is at the base of all good relationships.  And 'what really matters?' gets you to the heart of life.  If you ask these questions regularly, especially the last one, you will be in a great position to answer the bonus question, which is, at the end of the day, the most important question you'll ever face."


Why Is Dating So Tough These Days? Maybe Because Of 'Dating Tech'?
Fast Company, 12/28/16


A Century Of Research On Grading Reveals... Grades Mean Many Things.
Columbia University, 10/4/16


How The Habit Of Exercise Changes One's Later Years In Life
New York Times, 12/21/16


To Succeed: Don't Choose What You Enjoy, Choose What You Can Sustain
Quartz, 1/1/16

"13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want Be Successful"
Medium, 12/26/16

Some Ideas On How To Build Trust
Harvard Business Review, 1/1/17

"Living With Purpose Yields A Longer Life And Higher Income"
New York Magazine, 1/4/17


The Way To Stay Sharp In Old Age: Struggle With Difficult Things?
New York Times, 12/31/16


Keeping A Dream Journal Can Boost Some Forms Of Creativity
Pacific Standard, 1/4/17


Libraries And The History Of Information Literacy
The Conversation, 1/4/17

Another Call For More Play In School
NPR, 2/9/16


At Harvey Mudd, More Than Half Of CompSci Majors Are Women
LA Times, 1/4/17


Does The Rise In Translation Mean More Generic Literature?
Literary Hub, 1/4/17

Why Do We Have Poetry?
New York Times, 12/30/16

A Collection Of Resources About/For The 2017 Presidential Inauguration
Larry Ferlazzo, 1/1/17


3 Things You Can Do For Your Students In The Minute Before Class
Chronicle Of Higher Education, 11/15/15

The First 5 Minutes Of Class: 4 Ways To Begin
Chronicle Of Higher Education, 1/11/16

The Last 5 Minutes Of Class: 4 Ways To Finish
Chronicle Of Higher Education, 3/7/16

3 Strategies For Making Connections Between Texts
Chronicle Of Higher Education, 2/8/16


What Works In Teaching Writing, From Experience And Research
Chronicle Of Higher Education, 1/3/17

The Birth And Death Of Diagramming Sentences
NPR, 8/22/14

Gallup: 73% Prefer Print To E-Books, And Other Survey Results
Gallup, 1/6/17


The Rules Kids Create For Themselves On Social Media (Instagram)
New York Times, 1/5/17


Steven Pinker On The 2nd Law Of Thermodynamics
Edge, 1/7/17

Your Textbook Choice Can Have A Significant Impact On Student Progress
Brookings, 1/5/17

If Discoveries Weren't Made By Their Discoverers, Who'd Have Made Them?
Nautilus, 12/15/16


Law Professor Bans Laptops from His Law School Classroom
New York Times, 1/2/17


Where Are Today's Education Buzzwords In The Gartner Hype Cycle?
EdSurge, 1/3/17

NYTimes Hosts Conversation On Single Sex Schools
New York Times, 1/5/17

How To Minimize Students Challenging Your Grades
Chronicle Vitae, 1/4/17

Happy 100th Birthday, Marshmallow Fluff
Marshmallow Fluff, 1/1/17