July 8 - July 15, 2018

The feature article on live streaming explores the life of someone who livestreams the majority of his waking hours.  It's also about the tens of thousands of people who watch him -- and egg him on.  It's insight into the growing role of digital relationships with strangers, and particularly, it seems, for adolescent boys and men in their early adulthood.

Last week I sent a correction to clarify the headline of the Washington Post article on universities that are dropping SAT and ACT writing requirements.  While the correction was important for that article, it's useful to note that "hundreds of colleges", including the University of Chicago, have also dropped the requirement of the SAT or ACT entirely.

Much more this week, too: sports and psychology, math and mindsets, and more.

Enjoy!

Peter



FEATURED ARTICLES

What Live Streaming One's Life Tells Us About Isolated, Teenage Boys New Yorker
"I was going through a tough time, and watching his streams gave me an outlet outside of reality where I could just smile and not think about my problems."

Three Types Of Feedback During Classroom Observations Principal Center
"Reflexive feedback conversations [in contrast to directive feedback and reflective feedback] involve both parties in talking, listening, reflecting, and taking action. The idea of reflexivity, which comes from the social sciences, suggests a two-way street -- a feedback relationship that runs in both directions. Leaders who use reflexive feedback are more effective at changing teacher practice because they're willing and able to change things other than the teacher, in order to support positive changes in the teacher's practice."






ATHLETICS

How Sport Psychology Helped Turn Around England's World Cup Team Guardian





CHARACTER

"The Power Of Positive People" - How A Friend Group Makes A Difference New York Times

"Researchers have found that certain health behaviors appear to be contagious and that our social networks -- in person and online -- can influence obesity, anxiety and overall happiness. A recent report found that a person's exercise routine was strongly influenced by his or her social network."




COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Why Every Soccer Player Makes The Same Move After Missing A Shot New York Times

Can We Scientifically Understand Aesthetic Feeling? New York Times





DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

Atul Gawande: "Curiosity And What Equality Really Means" New Yorker

An Extraordinary Visualization Of Gender Parity In The House Of Representatives Pudding





EARLY CHILDHOOD

An Example From One School Of Early Reading Instruction KQED





HIGHER ED

Reflecting On Berkeley And The Denouement Of Free Speech Hysteria New Yorker

"These aren't easy problems... But I don't think it's beyond us to say, on the one hand, that everyone has a right to express their views, and, on the other hand, that a political provocateur may not use a university campus as his personal playground, especially if it bankrupts the university. At some point, when some enormous amount of money has been spent, it has to be possible to say, O.K. Enough."




HUMANITIES

Obama's Reading List For Visiting Africa  Facebook
"Over the years since, I've often drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I'd recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa's best writers and thinkers -- each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways."


The English Patient Wins Best Booker Prize Winner For All 50 Years Guardian

Oldest Extract Of The Odyssey Found In Southern Greece Guardian




STEM

To Be Growth Mindset In Math, We Must Be Growth Mindset About What We Teach Medium
"Pairing up growth mindset with worksheets on decimals is a pretty abusive use of Dweck's research."


Teacher Mindsets About Math Influence Effectiveness With Students Stanford

Reflecting On Richard Feynman, Who Would Have Been 100 This Year Medium

Rocket Goes Supersonic While Passing Through Cloud Crystals. Awesome. YouTube




TECH

When Machine Learning Solves Problems In Unexpected Ways AIWeirdness
"There was an algorithm that was supposed to sort a list of numbers. Instead, it learned to delete the list, so that it was no longer technically unsorted... As programmers we have to be very very careful that our algorithms are solving the problems that we meant for them to solve, not exploiting shortcuts. If there's another, easier route toward solving a given problem, machine learning will likely find it."


Canvas And Blackboard Are Tied For Market Share. What Does That Mean? e-Literate

College Offers Online Course For Credit At 1/3 The Cost Of In Person Courses Education Dive

How Media Researchers Manage Screen Time For Their Kids NPR




WORKPLACE

"Open Offices Make You Less Open" Cal Newport





OTHER

"The Average Age Of A Successful Startup Founder Is 45" Harvard Business Review