April 16 - April 23, 2017

So many great articles this week.

The cognitive science piece on learning strategies offers a helpful framework for when to use six different tested learning strategies.  This piece is both a good summary of the research and a practical guide.

Do you--or does your school--teach the Odyssey?  If so, the humanities piece by Daniel Mendelsohn is a must read. It chronicles a family relationship and revolves around the writer teaching a two month course on the text with his father sitting in, and then both writer and father taking an Odyssey themed cruise of the Mediterranean.

These and many more, worth the careful review.



What Are The Skills Needed To Be A Successful... Adult? Kappan
"It turns out there are roughly 25, if you review the relevant literature.  Which of these skills do schools regularly teach? Just three, as we found out in a recent study... And that was in nine of the highest-rated secondary schools in Massachusetts."

Is Your School A "Thick Institution"? New York Times
"A thick institution is not one that people use instrumentally, to a get a degree or to earn a salary. A thick institution becomes part of a person's identity and engages the whole person: head, hands, heart and soul."


Most Kids Are Learning About Sex Through Porn. What Do We Do? Quartz


CT District Abandons Grades, Goes Fully Mastery Based Hechinger Report

"How I Learned To Take The SAT Like A Rich Kid." New York Times


More On The Benefits Of Running New York Times
"Running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy."


11-Article Collection On What Happiness Is, What Brings It, Etc. Quartz

What's The Future Of That 79-Year Harvard Study On Happiness Wash. Post

Three Ways To Build Grit 99u
"Find your calling... Practice smart... Think like an optimist."

In Praise Of Reading What You Hate New York Times
"Reading what you hate helps you refine what it is you value."


6 Strategies For Effective Learning, And When To Use Them Learning Scientists

School Shouldn't Begin Before 8:30am, Says Sleep Doctors USA Today

Kids (And Adults?) Do Better When There Are More Breaks KQED


The Artist's Eye: Seeing More At Once, Like The Composer's Ear? New Scientist


Should Problem-Solving Be A Distinct Curricular Goal? OECD


On Being A Tomboy Versus Being Transgender New York Times

Who Is Helped By The Op-Ed On Being Tomboy Vs. Transgender? Establishment

Reconsidering Trigger Warnings Bright
"Being triggered worked positively for me."


The New Yorker Goes Deep With The Odyssey, A Family Journey New Yorker
"At ten past ten each Friday morning, he would take a seat among the freshmen, who were not even a quarter of his age, and join in the discussion of the old poem, an epic about long journeys and long marriages and what is means to yearn for home."

An Open Textbook For Introduction To Philosophy Daily Nous


Cormac McCarthy On The Origins Of Language & The Unconscious Nautilus


How To Address Mediocrity On Your Team Harvard Business Review


A Reminder Of What Makes Effective Feedback Teachthought

On Giving Good Feedback KQED


Another Deep Look At Google Books Atlantic
"Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them."

A Deep Dive Into Digital Reading Versus Print Reading Nautilus
"It is true that studies have found that readers given text on a screen do worse on recall and comprehension tests than readers given the same text on paper. But a 2011 study by the cognitive scientists Rakefet Ackerman and Morris Goldsmith suggests that this may be a function less of the intrinsic nature of digital services than of the expectations that readers bring to them."

A Summary Of Whether Teaching Vocabulary Helps Reading Research Gate

Umberto Eco And Jean Paul Sartre: On The Value Of Literature Farnam Street


On Beauty In Mathematics New York Times


The Flying Car Is Not Far Wired

Nicholas Carr: Digital networks Amplify Human Kindness, And Vice Boston Globe


A Surprising Take On Why Collaboration Isn't Always Good Inc.
"The No. 1 reason high performers leave organizations in which they are otherwise happy is because of the tolerance of mediocrity."


On The Need For Alone Time To Get Real Rest  Quartz

Cassini Descends On Saturn! New York Times