January 14 - January 21, 2018

A delightful range of articles this week, including a few pieces from other industries that have surprising cross-over value.

The two feature pieces, for example, remind of us of important general principles: 1) as social animals, we and our students are best when we are socially comfortable, and 2) since the best results come from the best planning, we should always be looking far into the distance.  The details of these pieces are worth exploring.  Also, in the article on hospitals circumventing drug companies, there's something about addressing commercial overreach with nonprofit entrepreneurship that feels like it has an analog in education.


Many other directly applicable articles this week, too.  I'm particularly a fan of the pairing of how to constructively lead discussion of controversial topics and what is necessary before having an opinion on something...  Enjoy!

Peter

FEATURED ARTICLES

On The Importance Of Having A Best Friend At Work Gallup
"Our research has repeatedly shown a concrete link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees expend in their job. For example, women who strongly agree they have a best friend at work are more than twice as likely to be engaged (63%) compared with the women who say otherwise (29%). However, let's put the science aside for one moment and look more holistically at what's happening in the workforce."

Bezos: Success Today Comes From Planning Three Years Ago [video] YouTube
"I'm working on a quarter that is going to happen in 2020, not next quarter. Next quarter, for all practical purposes, is done already and it's probably been done for a couple years, and so if you start to think that way it changes how you spend your time, how you plan, where you put your energy, and your ability to look around corners improves."




ASSESSMENT

Reviewing PISA's Evolution In Social-Emotional And Personality Tests Code Acts




CHARACTER

Further Challenges To The Effectiveness Of Willpower/Self-Control Vox

Six Tips For Reducing Stress Forbes


The Power Of An Apology Indisputably


Understanding Introspection And Self-Awareness Harvard Business Review




CREATIVITY

Neural Systems At Work In Creative Thinking Pacific Standard
"Three specific neural systems: the executive network, which is engaged in complex mental tasks such as problem solving; the default mode, which is activated when we're in a resting or ruminative state; and the salience network, which monitors incoming input, prioritizes it, and allows us to efficiently process it. Normally, it does so by suppressing either the executive or default mode, allowing the network that is best-equipped to deal with the information at hand to do so unimpeded. But this research finds that, in highly creative people... key parts of the problem-solving and internal rumination systems are simultaneously engaged, allowing the formation of creative connections."




CURRICULUM

"The Woman Who Transformed How We Teach Geography" Smithsonian




HIGHER ED

20 Largest Online Enrollment Universities e-Literate




LEADERSHIP

Five Elements Of Effective Collaboration Learning Forward




PD

MIT Grad Program Trains Engineers, Physicists To Be Teachers Hechinger Report




PEDAGOGY

"Syllabus As Contract, Syllabus As Charter" Sowing the Seed

A Reminder Of The 7 Characteristics Of Effective Feedback ASCD

"Inviting Controversy Into Our Classrooms"... Cult of Pedagogy

..."The Work Required To Have An Opinion" Farnam Street




READING/WRITING

NYT Book Industry Reporter Summarizes eReading History/Future NYTimes




SUSTAINABILITY

2017 Was Second Hottest On Record [Graph] New York Times




TECH

MOOCs In 2017: By The Numbers Class Central

Droplets Of Liquid Can Now Be Programmed To Move MIT

Japanese AI Performs In Top 20% On College Entrance Exam TED

Henry Jenkins & Justin Reich: 3 Myths About Tech And Education Henry Jenkins

A Great, Thorough Examination Of Screen Time For Babies, Toddlers The Memo
"Although we are still in the early days of understanding the impact that mobile computers are having on young children, the key piece of advice from the child experts I spoke to was to make sure that device use is just one part of a rich diet of activities, particularly for under-threes, who seem to struggle to learn from screens. Interactive, creative touchscreen experiences should be preferred over passive TV-like viewing."

Two Ways Apple Can Make Less Addictive Smartphones New York Times
"Done right, a full-fledged campaign pushing the benefits of a more deliberative approach to tech wouldn't come off as self-interest, but in keeping with Apple's best vision of itself -- as a company that looks out for the interests of humanity in an otherwise cold and sometimes inhumane industry."




WORKPLACE

6 Ways To Be More Productive The Economist




OTHER

#MeTooK12 Brings Sexual Assault Awareness To Schools EdWeek

"Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide To Start Their Own" NYTimes