May 14 - May 21, 2017

Several articles on the need for free time for creative thought have been a reminder for me that deep work can't be chopped into small pieces.  I recall now that Steve Jobs and Jony Ive had a three hour meeting every week.

Also, the article under visualization offers a deft demonstration of how visualizing data can reveal insights that otherwise go undetected.  And similarly, the short (and fun) game about gerrymandering makes clear how the unethical practice works.

These and many others--enjoy!


FEATURED ARTICLES

Why Memorizing (And Not Googling) Is Necessary: Speed, Context NYTimes
"Kids who look up the quadratic equation may end up like the child who looked up "meticulous"; they have a definition, but they don't have the background knowledge to use it correctly.  Students should learn not only the formula but also why it works and how it connects to other math content.  That's how contextual knowledge develops in the brain, and that's why vocabulary instruction seldom consists of simple memorization of definitions -- students are asked to use the words in a variety of sentences.  The same should be true of more advanced concepts and for the same reason."




ADOLESCENCE

On Kids And Hookup Culture And Harassment Upworthy




ASSESSMENT

A Case Study In "No Grades, No Grades" EdSurge




CHARACTER

Two Different Kinds Of Empathy: Is One Healthier Than The Other? NY Magazine

On The Unique/Awkward (American?) Trait: Smiling At People Atlantic




COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Talk-Out-Loud Strategies To Help You Learn Harvard Business Review

Some Notes On Effective Practice: Quality Not Quantity Of Practice KQED

Tech Industry Makes Gadgets To Help People Sleep... New York Times




CREATIVITY

Stepping Away From Problems Helps Generate Creative Solutions Harv. Bus. Rev

We Need Free Time In Our Days To Be Creative Jocelyn K. Glei

Pianist Bill Evans On Creative Problem Solving Brain Pickings




HUMANITIES

"Harvard Student Submits Rap Album As [English] Senior Thesis" Houston Chron

Visualization: Have Songs Gotten More Repetitive Pudding

"District": A Short, Brilliant, Interactive Gerrymandering Game Polytrope




LEADERSHIP

5 Mistakes Made By New Leadership Harvard Business Review




PEDAGOGY

Why Play Helps Learning: How To Incorporate It Into Class Creativity Post




READING/WRITING

On Editors: Author Publishes Email Dialog With His Editor Slate

E-Book Reading Declines; Print Reading Grows Guardian




TECH

How The Hashtag Became A Thing Wired

A Deep Layman's Explanation Of Artificial Intelligence Fast Company

State Of The Market: LMS e-Literate




VISUALIZATION

Brilliant Demonstration Of Why Data Visualization Is So Important Fast Company




WORKPLACE

7 Rules Of The Workplace That College Graduates Need To Know Fast Company

Excerpts From The Book About How Great Tidying Up Is Farnam Street




OTHER

Dormitories In The Real World: Co-living Buildings Crop Up In Cities Fast Co.

Suggestions For Helping Kids Find Purpose KQED