February 12 - February 19, 2017

The feature article on Apollo School depicts a stunning reinvention of what school can look like: interdisciplinary, student driven, interactive.  Really terrific.  And, the article highlights not only the academics, but also the relationships that emerge from their model.

Also, the New York Times Education section has been sharing some terrific lessons recently.  This week's Educator's Notebook includes two: one on teaching Frankenstein, and one on the separation of powers in the U.S.

Enjoy!

FEATURED ARTICLES

This School Has A Four-Hour, Team Taught, Morning Class Every Day
Cult of Pedagogy, 2/12/17
"Apollo is a semester-long, four-hour block of classes--English, social studies, and art--all blended together and co-taught by three teachers, one from each subject area.  Throughout the semester, students are responsible for designing and completing four major projects, each of which is aligned with standards in all three subject areas.  Students set their own goals for each day based on whatever project they happen to be working on at the time: This includes independent and group work, one-on-one appointments with teachers, and attending optional, self-selected mini lessons taught by the teachers.  By lunch time, when the Apollo block is over, students resume a regular schedule for the rest of the day."

Really, Really, Really Short Workouts Can Change Your Fitness
New York Times, 2/1/17
"He and his colleagues asked sedentary men and women to complete three 20-second intervals on a stationary bicycle, pedaling as hard as they could manage, with two minutes of gentle, slow pedaling between each interval.  This was the one-minute workout.  After six weeks of performing three of these sessions per week, for a total of 18 minutes of intense exercise tucked in to slightly longer periods of less intense exercise, the volunteers were significantly more aerobically fit and healthier, with improved blood pressure numbers and markers of muscular health."



COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Our Brains Work Best In Silence--Background Noise Is Taxing
Fast Company, 2/14/17

Perfect Memory: These People Can Describe Every Day Of Their Lives
Guardian, 2/8/17



CREATIVITY

A Good, Long List of Strategies To Help Persist In Creative Work
Creativity Post, 2/13/17



DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

"You Are Not The Majority" - Context For Everyone [Video]
YouTube, 2/16/17

Are Conservatives Silenced? "Advice For My Conservative Students"
New York Times, 2/16/17

Hyphen-Nation: NYT Asks When PoC Do And Don't Feel American
New York Times, 2/16/17



HUMANITIES

Gov't Separation Of Powers: Current Lessons And Links From The NYT
New York Times, 2/16/17

On Teaching "Frankenstein": NYT Offers Lessons, Links, Primary Sources
New York Times, 2/15/17

Remembering Nussbaum's Defense Of The Humanities
Frontline/The Hindu, 3/3/17



LEADERSHIP

Can Schools Use Predictive Analytics To Identify Students At Risk
New York Times, 2/2/17

Some Lessons On Hiring, From Speaking With 500 Leaders
New York Times, 2/13/17



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

School Culture & PLCs --> Teacher Job Satisfaction --> Student Growth
EdWeek, 2/16/17


PEDAGOGY

Play Analytics: Efforts To Assess Play
MIT Media Lab, 2/10/17

Are Teachers And Computers Complementary Educators?
Atlantic, 2/15/17



READING/WRITING

Reviewing Writing Style Guides
Harper's, 3/1/16

News Outlets Have Bots Writing Stories.  What Does This Mean?
Wired, 2/16/17



STEM

How To Fold A World Record Holding Paper Airplane
Harvard Gazette, 2/6/17



TECH

The 2017 Horizon Report: It's Out, And Audrey Watters Reviews It 
Hack Education, 2/16/17

Chromebooks Take 49% Of US Education Market
Associated Press, 2/10/17

Virtual Reality As Teacher Of Empathy?
Slate, 2/15/17



WORKPLACE

Logistical (Not Sleep) Challenges of Later School Start Times
US News & World Reports, 2/13/17



OTHER

"Richard DuFour, Renowned Author And Educator, Dies At 69"
MarketWired, 2/8/17