February 11 - February 18, 2018

Much writing this week about Parkland, Florida.  And also some terrific pieces on pedagogy, including Daniel Willingham's excellent post summarizing research on how using analogy helps students transfer learning.

I have wondered often about how we recover from tragedies and conflict. Certainly, first we must process them, resolve them, and learn lessons from them in order to change how we are in the future. But then, at a certain point, if we are not to be defined by them, if we are to allow room for a new narrative, then we must leave tragedies behind. Last week's article on "Teaching in the Age of Information" now feels prescient, looking at the Amish Schoolhouse shootings as an example.

Looking for something lighter?  There's a humor piece this week, and some great icebreakers and items in the Other section.  Enjoy!



"A New Idea To Promote Transfer" Daniel Willingham
"Subjects who invented an analogous problem were more likely to successfully solve the radiation problem compared to subjects not asked to invent a problem... it's a technique that prompts people to focus attention on the deep structure, just as comparison does."

On The Value Of Difficulty, The Danger Of Convenience New York Times
"Today's cult of convenience fails to acknowledge that difficulty is a constitutive feature of human experience. Convenience is all destination and no journey. But climbing a mountain is different from taking the tram to the top, even if you end up at the same place... We need to consciously embrace the inconvenient -- not always, but more of the time. Nowadays individuality has come to reside in making at least some inconvenient choices."

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Is All Press Good Press? Middlebury Sees Record Applications Middlebury


Good Tips For Talking With Kids About Vaping  New York Times

A Very Frank Examination Of The Effects Of Pornography On Teens New York Times
"For around two hours each week, for five weeks, the students -- sophomores, juniors and seniors -- take part in Porn Literacy, which aims to make them savvier, more critical consumers of porn... Porn education is such new territory that no one knows the best practices, what material should be included and where to teach it."

Kids Want To Know About Love KQED
"It turns out that teens are yearning for these lessons. They're looking for more guidance from parents on emotional aspects of romantic relationships -- everything from 'how to develop a mature relationship' to 'how to deal with breakups.'"


Binge Studying (& Reading & Watching) Leads To More Forgetting Atlantic


4 Principles For Building Creative Teams Harvard Business Review


"Why 'Black Panther' Is A Defining Moment For Black America" New York Times
"There exists, somewhere within us, an image in which we are whole. Afrofuturism is, if nothing else, an attempt to imagine what that home would be. 'Black Panther' cannot help being part of this."

Prevention- And Promotion-Orientation With Men And Women Medium
"We found that 67% of the questions posed to male entrepreneurs were promotion-oriented, while 66% of those posed to female entrepreneurs were prevention-oriented."


More Conversations With Infants And Toddlers Means More Literacy Harvard GSE


Huck Finn, Mockingbird: Classics May Not Be Best Any More Star Tribune

Tinder Profiles For Literature's "Complication Men" [Humor] McSweeney's

"Name: Jay Gatsby. Age: How old do you want me to be lol"


Who Knew That Lewis & Clark Added 1,000 Words To The Lexicon? Atlas Obscura


5 Tactics For Bring Change At Your School Modern Learners

Performance Pay Attracts Stronger Teachers (But Doesn't Push Growth) Brookings


Against Flipping: Experiential Learning First, Then Reading About It Stanford


"Teaching The Art Of Reading In The Digital Era" Pacific Standard

Against The 5-Paragraph Essay, And For More Critical Analysis Aeon


"Welcome To The Post-Text Future": How Social Media Is Changing New York Times
"Then there's the more basic question of how pictures and sounds alter how we think. An information system dominated by pictures and sounds prizes emotion over rationality. It's a world where slogans and memes have more sticking power than arguments."

A Shooting At A High School. Students Engage On Social Media Atlantic
"In the wake of mass shootings that target adults, usually victims' husbands, wives, parents, or adult children speak for them. But this is the largest high-school shooting in the social-media age--so it centers on adolescents, who can discuss and understand the tragedy as adults but who are as blameless for it as children."


World Poll: Having Internet Access Correlates With Higher Life Happiness Gallup


"Resources For Talking... About The School Shooting In Florida" New York Times 

Counseling Resources For Talking With Kids About Shootings NAIS

Valentine's Day Cards From Centuries Past New York Times

25 Icebreaker Questions Know Your Company

An Infographic Explaining Different Degrees Of Plagiarism Visual Communication Guy