September 10 - September 17, 2017

Personalized learning, personalized learning, personali--this phrase has hit maximum buzzword capacity.  Thankfully, Dan Meyer takes time in an interview to question the general assumptions of what personalized learning is and assess where its value really lies.

The second feature article makes a compelling case for interdisciplinarity.  Real world problems are almost never solved in one subject alone.  What many of us wrestle with, of course, is what the right time is to pursue interdisciplinary work.  Is it better to learn skills from a focused discipline, and then apply across others?

One last highlight: Virginia Heffernan's report on getting caught in the internet (in the Tech section) thoughtfully examines the seduction of the digital world our students (and we) are living in.  I really appreciated her articulation of the way we decode the web: how the way we read it affects our experience of it.

These and many others this week.  Enjoy!


A Good Discussion About Personalized Learning & Tech In Schools EdSurge
"And so, one of the benefits of having a teacher who has a more global view of the subject is that they can push you and direct you in ways that keep your brain in the red zone. That's one aspect I think where teachers are super valuable. I'm not sure it's even possible for students to provoke themselves in the ways that teachers can provoke those students."

Towards Interdisciplinarity: Mathematician Addresses World Problem Politico
"Part of the problem, Loladze was finding, lay in the research world itself. Answering the question required an understanding of plant physiology, agriculture--as well as a healthy dollop of math."


"The Contentious Physics Of Wiffle Ball" Atlantic


IQ And EQ Face Off: When Is Each Most Important? Inc

Three Ways To Foster Trust (Via Organizational Leadership) Gallup

A Failure Resume: Elon Musk Makes SpaceX Blooper Reel Fast Company
"[Tweet:] Long road to reusability of Falcon 9 primary boost stage"


A Fair Use Primer, And Three Guiding Questions [video] Everything Is a Remix


Lit Review On Research On Summer Slide Brookings

"The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals" NPR


The Origin Of The Term/Concept Of "White People" Aeon

A Visual Explanation Of Why Cognitive Diversity Matters So Much Harv. Bus. Rev.


What Good Pre-K Teaching Looks Like KQED
"Effective pre-K classrooms teach self-regulation through songs and routines; picture prompts can remind children of the steps in a process. Skilled preschool teachers have strategies for redirecting student behavior and use language that provides instruction."


Were We Better Off Without Civilization? New Yorker


A System For Managing And Integrating (The Right) New Ideas Steve Blank
"Instead of having a committee vet ideas, they needed a process that operated with speed and urgency, and innovators and stakeholders who curated and prioritized their own problems/idea/technology. All of this would occur before any new idea, tech or problem hit engineering."

Great Teachers Need Great Administrators [Via Theater] American Theater


The One Minute Paper: An End Of Class Ritual The Writing Campus

15 Dimensions Of Personalized Learning Getting Smart

States Are Starting Personalized Learning Consortia Hechinger Report


A History Of The "Soothing Promise Of Graph Paper" Quartz

John McPhee On How He Writes New Republic


Hobbyist Computes Average Face Of British Members Of Parliament Medium

So, Brain-Machine Interface Is Now Real... Wired

The Origins Of "Zero" -- Now 500 Years Older New Scientist


The Uncanniest Valley: Seeing The Internet For What It Is Wired
"Looking at a screen is not living. It's a concentrated decoding operation that requires the keen, exhausting vision of a predator and not the soft focus that allows all doors of perception to swing open... The trick is to read technology instead of being captured by it... Paradoxically, framing the internet as a text to be read, not a life to be led, tends to break, without effort, its spell."


Does Meritocracy Even Exist? Why Some Optimists Think Not. [audio] Bloomberg