October 29 - November 5, 2017

Plenty of surprises this week:

The trio of articles in athletics this week: new sports abound!

Also, the feature article this week on the value of conflict is a terrific read by Adam Grant, author of Originals.  It makes a compelling case that constructive conflict is essential for the best creative work.

Last of note here: the article on work-life balance describes the impact of different work arrangements on job success... but doesn't include the impact on family success. Hmm...

Enjoy the reading, friends!

Peter



FEATURED ARTICLES

First translation Of The Odyssey Into English By A Woman New York Times
"I'd never read an 'Odyssey' that sounded like this. It has such directness, the lines feeling not as if they were being fed into iambic pentameter because of some strategic decision but because the meter was a natural mode for its speaker."

On The Value Of Conflict: 4 Rules For Productive Disagreement New York Times
"If no one ever argues, you're not likely to give up on old ways of doing things, let alone try new ones. Disagreement is the antidote to groupthink. We're at our most imaginative when we're out of sync. There's no better time than childhood to learn how to dish it -- and to take it."




ATHLETICS

VT Becomes First State To Approve Ultimate As Varsity Sport Ultiworld

CT Becomes First State To Recognize Video Gamers As Athletes WFSB

LA Football Team Goes Undefeated, Has 5 Tri-Varsity Players LA Times




COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Can Working Memory Be Improved Through Brain Games? NPR




COLLEGE ADMISSION

On Writing College Essays: Highlights From This Year Washington Post

"Good Grades Are Still A Primary Factor To Getting Into College" Cleveland




CREATIVITY

A Deep Look At Google's Invention Factory Atlantic




CURRICULUM

"What Good Is Knowing The Bible?" JStor

"How Making Art Helps Teens Better understand Their Mental Health" KQED

Distant Reading: A Syllabus For A HS Digital Humanities Course Distant Reading
"In a digital age, we have new and different tools at our disposal to help us draw meaning from literature, and in this elective, we will experiment with some of these tools, looking at great works and at our own writing as well... By the end of the spring we'll have an understanding of some of the limits and opportunities of these new approaches."




HIGHER ED

Minerva Schools Boast Extraordinary Student Performance Medium
"Minerva was ranked number 1 of all schools that administered the test. The average score of our students at the end of their freshman spring term was higher than the scores of senior graduating classes at every other university and college that administered the test."




HUMANITIES

Distant Reading: Digital Humanities Works To Find Its Place New York Times

Most Scientists Now Reject That First Americans Came By Land Ars Technica

Joseph Conrad And Cyclical Globalism Literary Review




MINDFULNESS

Do Mindfulness Interventions Work In Schools? Complicated. Scientific American




PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

What Teacher Coaching Looks Like At One School KQED

MIT Offers Fully Competency Based Masters In Teaching Inside Higher Ed




PEDAGOGY

Project Management Guide For Students In PBL Classrooms John Spencer

Is It Ever OK To Swear In Class? NPR




STEM

Scientists Find Huge "Void" In Pyramids... Using Particle Physics LA Times




TECH

MIT Experiments With Digital Diplomas Using Blockchain EdSurge

Fall 2017 Higher Ed LMS Landscape e-Literate




VISUAL DESIGN

Big Data Requires Meaningful Data Dashboards (Via ATL Schools) Hechinger Rpt




WORKPLACE

Is Work-Life Integration Actually Better Than Work-Life Separation? Quartz
"Several professors observed that when employees changed behavior between work and life, they performed worse at their jobs. When their behavior was the same between work and life, they maintained higher levels of job performance."




OTHER

Plant Intelligence: It Appears Trees Communicate With Each Other Quartz

LA And Houston Public Libraries Trash Talk Via Book Spine Poetry LAist

Teacher Makes Case Against Being Politically Neutral In Class Bright
"The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility's Teachable Moments project provides 10 ways teachers can engage with controversial topics in their classroom. Generally, the strategies mirror recommended pedagogical strategies such as finding out what students already know, making connections to students' lives and families, and creating space for kids to opt out of conversations that make them uncomfortable."