June 3 - June 10, 2018

A big variety in short space this week:

Can an article about bees belong in the Cognitive Science section of the newsletter.  Apparently so.

The feature link on graduation outcomes ultimately leads to some terrific research syntheses -- you just have to get through a convoluted website and share your email address.  But, the resulting content is meaningful and useful if you are looking to ground your program outcomes in research.

As the documentary on Fred Rogers hits theaters, two articles this week are particularly relevant: one on character, one on language (in pedagogy).  These are gems.




Is Knowing Students Well Better Than Being An Instructional Expert?  Hechinger Report
"In surveys, specialized teachers said they were less able to tailor instruction for each child (Advocates of personalized learning, take note!) and they were much less likely to report an increase in job satisfaction or performance than elementary school teachers who spent all day with their students. It seems that the ostensible benefits of specialization were outweighed by the fact that teachers had fewer interactions with each student."

Graduation Outcomes: A Research Synthesis To Help You Set Your Goals Transcend Education
"Whether you are designing a completely new learning model or updating your approach as part of ongoing efforts to learn and propagate, identifying some of the outcomes that learners will achieve as a result of their time [is a] critical step."


"Laziness Does Not Exist" Medium
"For decades, psychological research has been able to explain procrastination as a functioning problem, not a consequence of laziness. When a person fails to begin a project that they care about, it's typically due to either a) anxiety about their attempts to being "good enough" or b) confusion about what the first steps of the task are. Not laziness. In fact, procrastination is more likely when the task is meaningful and the individual cares about doing it well."

You've Heard About That Mr. Rogers Documentary. Watch The Trailer. New York Times





Shakespeare, On Science New Atlantis
"Shakespeare suggests that one of the poet's most important tasks in an age dominated by science is to survey the full extent of science's power to shape our minds and souls, and then to turn to the poetic imagination in response. "

A Reflection On "Canon" In Today's Political Moment New York Times


Gwendolyn Brooks' Short Poem On Why We Read Brain Pickings


One Woman's Journey From High School CS To The MIT Media Lab Medium

"The Gandalf days of my career are still sharp in my mind. I enrolled in AP Computer Science in August 2012, the same year I would apply for college. It was in AP CS that I wrote my first lines of code. And, in the beginning, I struggled with everything."


"Sucking CO2 From The Air Is Cheaper Than Scientists Thought"  Nature

Puerto Rico Schools Rebuild With Sustainable Energy EdSurge


Microsoft Writes Book Saying Schools Aren't Using Tech Well Sydney Morning Herald

"Computer giant Microsoft warms clumsy use of technology is hurting rather than helping learning, and says schools must stop blindly letting students use devices without understanding whether they're engaging or simply entertaining them. The global company will meet on Tuesday's launch of Transforming Education, a book it describes as an "intervention." It argues schools across the world have not paid enough attention to planning for technology or understanding how it can help."

AI Education Is Now Happening Outside Of Universities  EdSurge

How Apple Is Working To Make The iPhone Less Addictive Fast Company


GM Revises Dress Code From Ten Pages To Two Words Inc.


"The Midlife Tuneup": Eat, Move, Recover, Connect, Maintain" New York Times
"Whether you are in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond, the Well Midlife Tuneup will put you on a healthier path to improving your body, mind, and relationships."

On The History Of: Cheers Starting With "Two - Four - Six - Eight..." Slate

On The History Of: Signing Yearbooks Atlantic

Wil Wheaton On Chronic Depression Medium

A Play About Fact-Checking, Starring Daniel Radcliffe Vulture