July 30 - August 6, 2017

The New York Times produced a flurry of articles about writing this week.  Here is a selection from that surge.

Also this week, some notable releases on character, including an update from Angela Duckworth's Character Lab.

These and more this week!




FEATURED ARTICLES

A Worthy Look At Writing Instruction: Diff. Modes For Diff. Students NYTimes
"At every level, students benefit from clear feedback on their writing, and from seeing and trying to imitate what successful writing looks like, the so-called text models.  Some of the touchy-feely stuff matters, too.  Students with higher confidence in their writing ability perform better.  All of this points towards a synthesis of the two approaches.  In classrooms where practices like freewriting are used without any focus on transcription or punctuation, 'the students who struggled didn't make any progress,'... But when grammar instruction is divorced from the writing process and from rich ideas in literature or science, it becomes 'superficial.'"

Stunning Data On The Effects Of Smart Phones On Kids Atlantic
"The Monitoring the Future survey, funded by the National institute on Drug Abuse and designed to be nationally representative, has asked 12th-graders more than 1,000 questions every year since 1975 and queried eighth- and 10th graders since 1991. The survey asks teens how happy they are and also how much of their leisure time they spend on various activities, including nonscreen activities such as in-person social interaction and exercise, and, in recent years, screen activities such as using social media, texting, and browsing the web."

Trace The Path Of The Eclipse Across A Map [Interactive] Washington Post
"Follow the shadow of the moon as it completely blocks out the sun on Aug. 21, moving along a 3,000-mile path from Oregon's Pacific coast to the eastern shore of South Carolina."




CHARACTER

How To Improve Resilience Harvard Center for the Developing Child

Angela Duckworth's Character Lab: First Annual Report Character Lab




COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Some Science Behind Why Making Mistakes Helps Learning KQED




CREATIVITY

John Maeda And Three Kinds Of Design Tinymce
"Classical Design... Design Thinking... Computational Design..."

Some Thinking On The Relationship Between Creativity And Mastery Quartz




CURRICULUM

Here Is Forbes, Touting The Liberal Arts Degree Forbes

Engagement With The Arts Leads To Greater Citizenship Pacific Standard
"It reports people who engage with the arts--either as participant or observer--are more likely than others to participate in two varieties of compassionate behavior: charitable giving and volunteering."




DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

Majority Of Harvard's Incoming Class Is Non-White Time




HUMANITIES

Kids Don't Need Dumbing Down: Bring Them To Shakespeare New York Times




READING/WRITING

News Site Requires Comprehension Quiz Before Commenting Independent

"What Parents Can Do To Nurture Good Writers" New York Times

Some Tips On Writing A College Essay New York Times
"Here's a tip: Choose a topic you really want to write about. If the subject doesn't matter to you, it won't matter to the reader."



STEM

Thermodynamics As The Origin Of Life Quanta
"How and why do atoms acquire the particular form and function of bacterium, with its optimal configuration for consuming chemical energy? England hypothesizes that it's a natural outcome of thermodynamics in far-from-equilibrium systems."

AP Comp Sci Principles Dramatically Increases CS Diversity KQED




TECH

"I Replied 'Call Me' To Every Email I Got For A Week' Fast Company