May 13 - May 20, 2018

Applications for 2018 Athena Summer Fellowships close Thursday!

Also this week: a good pair of posts about verbs and nouns in speech, a surprising article about standardized testing in companies, and a feature post about Google codifies learning from failures.

Lastly (and firstly), in the age of digital interactivity, communicating around intimacy looks different today than even ten years ago.  The first feature article helps educators understand just how students do communicate with each other in regards to this experience of growing up.

These and others this week: great reads!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dear Readers,

Last call!

Applications for the 2018 Athena Summer Fellowship close this Thursday, May 24 at 11:59pm ET.  Athena is looking for excellent, diverse, thought-provoking humanities teachers for a limited number of Summer Fellowships.  Ideal candidates are teachers hungry to join communities of educators from around the country and world, teachers eager to share their best and favorite assignments, classroom activities and discussion questions, and excited to offer feedback to help others.  Athena Summer Fellowships are
not geographically restricted; teachers can participate from any location with internet access.  Fellowships have a flexible weekly schedule (5-7 hours/week) and include a $500 stipend.  Here’s what teachers said about their experience during our pilot last summer:

“Athena is the best experience I have had in terms of connecting with other teachers online.”

“This experience was a great example of how truly constructive criticism can build community and encourage even better work to take place. I felt validated by my fellow teachers.”

“It felt like the big, collaborative English department I've always wanted to have. Maybe even better, because some of the teachers I was collaborating with came from history and religion departments.”
Do you know teachers who might be interested in joining the 2018 Summer Fellowship cohort?  Find more information online, download a PDF overview to share, or apply now.  The 2018 cohort will support up to 50 teachers.  Applications close on May 24.  Responses by May 31.

Thank you!


May 13 - May 20, 2018


45 Stories Of What Consent Does & Doesn't Look Like In College Today New York Times
"In the time of #MeToo, the debate about how to handle sexual consent has become louder than ever. Many sexual encounters seem to take place in a so-called gray zone of miscommunication, denial, rationalization and sometimes, regret. We wanted to explore that complexity when we asked college students for their stories of navigating this gray zone. what they anticipated, how they negotiated consent and processed the aftermath, and what advice they would give their younger selves. These are their stories."

3-Step Process For Learning From Failure (Via Google) Inc.
"Our next step is to work together to create a written record for what happened, why, its impact, how the issue was mitigated or resolved, and what we'll do to prevent the incident from recurring."


"Project-Based Learning And Standardized Tests Don't Mix" Hechinger Report

A Culture Of Cognitive Testing Grows... In Companies Atlantic

"Applicants to Vista companies, from the entry to the senior-executive levels, are subjected to a timed standardized test. Testing, Smith says, helps his companies find talented people -- people the competition has overlooked because their resume lacked certain credentials or because of the inherent biases of managers."


On The Need For Kindness In Boys, Strength In Girls Time
"Girls have always know they were allowed to feel anything -- except anger. Now girls, led by women, are being told they can own righteous anger. Now that can feel what they want and be what they want. There's no commensurate lesson for boys in our culture."

"To Raise Better Kids, Say No" New York Times
"When we always yield to our children's wants, we rob them of the opportunity to find solutions by adapting what they already have. Kids who learn from denial realize at an early age that they won't always have the perfect tool for every job. They might not know something, have something, or be something. But that's not the end of pursuing goals -- it's the beginning of activating their resourcefulness to find another way."

Stress Heightens Our Sensitivity To Bad News  Aeon


A Short Chat About The Teenage Brain NPR

"The brain is particularly influenced by the environment during the teenage years and might be particularly amenable to learning certain skills. It's a sensitive period for social information, meaning that the brain is set up during adolescence to understand other people and to find out about other people's minds, their emotions. Brains at this time are good at understanding social hierarchies."


"Math Makes Life Beautiful" Farnam Street


Quizlet: Excellent Recall Mechanism... And Cheating Tool? Inside Higher Ed
"Quizlet is a free app... for making flash cards and online quizzes, which can be used privately or shared publicly. It's very popular with students, and many are likely using the site legitimately. But some students are also using the tool to upload questions from real exams, and other students are finding them."

Google Is Trying To Make Their Phones Less Addictive Fast Company

"Students Say They Are Not As Tech Savvy As Educators Assume" EdSurge

Google Has A VR Tour Creator That Uses Google Earth Imagery TechCrunch


On The Value Of Scheduling Down Time Quartz