May 27 - June 3, 2018

Some debunking this week: learning styles, the marshmallow test, and... growth mindsets?  Examine any of these for better understand of what works and what doesn't.   

Also, last week the link to the Assessment article on examining how we give grades was incorrect.  That link has been corrected for this week.

Summer is nigh!  (...for Northern Hemisphere folks)



"3 Keys To Effective Diversity And Inclusion Training" Gallup
"A meta-analysis of more than 40 studies on diversity and inclusion training found that training is effective when it meets these three conditions: 1. the training is complemented by other diversity initiatives. 2. the training targets both awareness and skills development. 3. the training is conducted over a significant period of time."


"Is Acne Cool Now?" New York Times

How To Run A Halftime Pep Talk (Via The Golden State Warriors) New York Times

How To Do High Intensity Interval Training At Any Age New York Times

"[KC] Chiefs Lineman Gets His Medical Degree... Heads Back To Practice" New York Times


Is The Marshmallow Test All Fluff? Is It Really About SES, Not Willpower? Atlantic
"Ultimately, the new study finds limited support for the idea that being able to delay gratification leads to better outcomes. Instead, it suggests that the capacity to hold out for a second marshmallow is shaped in large part by a child's social and economic background."

Meta-Analysis Finds Limited Gains From Growth Mindset Interventions EdSurge


Learning Style Interventions Don't Work, But These Practices Do Scientific American
"Students are more successful when they space out their study sessions over time, experience the material in multiple modalities, test themselves on the material as part of their study practices, and elaborate on material to make meaningful connections rather than engaging in activities that involve simple repetition of information (e.g. making flashcards or recopying notes). These effective strategies were identified decades ago and have convincing and significant empirical support."

On Committing The Entirety Of "Paradise Lost" To Memory Nautilus


Two Books On How Algorithms Oppress New York Review of Books


"Assassin's Creed" (Video Game) Releases Classroom Version History Tech
"Following last year's release of ​'Assassin's Creed Origins' set in Ptolemaic Egypt, the team behind it decided that allowing players to learn more about life in ancient Egypt might make for a pretty cool teaching aid. So they traded in the quests and violence for antiquities and history lessons, and created a mode with a series of Discovery Tours."
"The Book Of Songs: Poems That Helped Shape Chinese Thought" BBC


Maybe Taking Pictures Doesn't Take You Out Of The Moment New York Times

On Teaching AI The Rudiments Of Story Comprehension Boston Globe

The Return Of Supersonic Commercial Flight? Wired


How Much Collaboration Is Best? (Via Working Remotely) Behavioral Scientist
"People often think that constant communication is most effective, but actually, we find that bursts of rapid communication, followed by longer periods of silence, are telltale signs of successful teams."

The Four Groups That Create Your Employee Culture Gallup


Boarding School In Maine Re-Examines The Model Bangor Daily News
"Faced with declining numbers of young Mainers and increased competition for international students, a private Maine high school is making cuts and looking for news ways to market itself..."

How Do You Identify Highly Talented Kids? NYC Considers A Change. New York Times

All The Books Bill Gates Has Recommended Since 2010 Quartz