April 1 - April 8, 2018

A rich variety this week, with continued posts on drone pedagogy, learning styles, constructive failure, working memory, and more.

The second feature article (a blog post by Larry Cuban) is also of particular interest, as it explores an age-old conundrum about teacher autonomy. It reminds me of a talk given by a startup CEO who said, "Seek consistency, and you'll achieve mediocrity. Seek excellence, and you'll achieve consistency."  I think of this often.

Lastly, another call for the importance of knowledge in learning.  See the curriculum section.

These and much more, enjoy!



Early Childhood Learning, And Why AI Won't Ever Learn Like People Guardian
"These findings are clear: if you start on the decoding before you have an underlying understanding of the story, experience, sensation, and emotion, then you become a worse reader. And you like it less. Treat kids like robots during early learning and you put them off for life."

Seeking Consistency In Classrooms Rarely Succeeds Larry Cuban
"Policies aimed at standardizing classroom practice seldom produce homogeneous lessons."


Should Schools Use Massive Waitlists? NPR

"In the spring of 2017, Dartmouth College, a small Ivy League school in New Hampshire, offered 2,021 waitlist spots to applicants. Of the 1,345 who chose to stay on the waitlist, not a single person got in."


"Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion" New York Times


"Bananas Vs. Sports Drinks? Bananas Win In Study." New York Times

"It found that a banana, with its all-natural package, provides comparable to greater anti-inflammatory and other benefits for athletes than sports drinks. But there may be a downside, and it involves bloating."


Character Lab Releases Resources On Expert Practice Character Lab

Resistance Is Futile. Don't Resist Bad Habits, Replace Them. New York Times

Rethinking The Benefits Of Grit, And Exploring The Costs Creativity Post

Researcher Identifies Factors That Lead To Happy Settings Wharton
"My central argument when it comes to happiness is that if you try to get happier, it's a recipe for neurosis. That usually doesn't work. But you can set up your environment so you're more likely to be happy."


"Optimising Learning Using Retrieval Practice" Impact

"Nail In The Coffin" For Learning Styles Business Insider

What Happens When Working Memory Reaches Capacity MIT

Writing About Past Failures Reduces Stress Frontiers Of Behav. Neuro.
"Our results suggest that writing about a previous failure may allow an individual to experience a new stressor as less stressful, reducing physiological and behavioral effects."


Knowledge Matters. More Calls For Teaching Knowledge With Skills The Hill

Drones In The Curriculum: High School And College New York Times


Study Groups With More Women Get Better Grades Pacific Standard

Molly Ringwald On John Hughes In The Age Of #MeToo New Yorker
"John's movies convey the anger and fear of isolation that adolescents feel, and seeing that others might feel the same way is a balm for the trauma that teen-agers experience. Whether that's enough to make up for the impropriety of the films is hard to say."


Colleges, Under Stress, Are Starting To Evolve New York Times

In Depth Look At Georgia Tech's Online Masters Education Next

The Buzzwordiest Ed Tech Headline I've Ever Seen Observatory of Education Innovation
"First blockchain university promises to be the Uber for students and AirBnB for teachers..."

"Middle Class Families Are Increasingly Looking At Community College" New York Times
"In recent years, Pasadena City College has had a 320 percent increase in students whose parents make more than $100,000 a year, to 828 students last year from 197 to 2007. And it's not alone."


"Your Pocket Guide To 10 Literary Movements" Literary Hub


Are Millennials Really Reinventing Language Through Textspeak? Mashable

How Metaphor Changes Our Thought More than Politics Does Quartz
"Emerging psychological research tells us that something as simple as a single metaphor can have consequences for how we think. They can also be powerful tools in the hands of those looking to shape our opinions."


On The Importance Of Purpose (And How It's Different From Mission) Fast Company

Cathedral Thinking: Keeping the Long, Long Term In Mind Misc Magazine

"Five Ways To Sustain School Change" KQED
"There are five pillars to sustaining change: permission, support, community engagement, accountability, and staying the course."


On The Joy (And Value) Of Scatterplots Quartz

The Computational Essay: Jupyter, Mathematica And The New Paper Atlantic
"Scientific results today are as often as not found with the help of computers. That's because the ideas are complex, dynamic, hard to grab ahold of in your mind's eye. And yet by far the most popular tool we have for communicating these results is the PDF -- literally a simulation of a piece of paper."


How To Detoxify The Internet: Free Speech And Censorship Online New Yorker


The Mathematics Behind The Major Triad In Music YouTube

"Homework Therapists"? New York Times

Elements Of Effective Summer Programming AFT
"We reviewed a foundational meta-analysis of summer learning programs conducted by researchers as well as evidence from 25 studies of such programs since 2000. The programs covered in our review included voluntary at-home summer reading programs, voluntary classroom-based summer programs, and mandatory summer programs that students must attend to avoid in-grade retention."

"In Defense Of Design Thinking, Which Is Terrible" Subtraction
"It can be superficial, it can be misleading, and it can produce bad design... Even so, design thinking is still a useful lesson in how we, as designers, think about the democratization of our craft."