July 29 - August 5, 2018

A concise selection this week.

One of the great lessons I've learned over the past decade is the degree to which old knowledge is repackaged in new terminology and promoted as a reform.   We see this in the discourse around personalized learning and project-based learning, for example.  I appreciate the gesture towards humility about this in this week's feature article.  Indeed, we've recognized that some pedagogy is great pedagogy long before someone said it was "backed by science."

Also this week: pairs of posts on emerging topics: on reducing anxiety, on etymology, and more.




Here Are Some Learning-Science-Proven Practices You're Already Using  EdSurge
"Approaches that encourage students to use what they know, revisit it over time, mix it up and learn about their own learning are core elements in many current edtech tools... A century of scientific research demonstrates that these features don't simply increase engagement -- they also improve learning, higher order thinking and transfer of knowledge."


Should Admission Be By Lottery? Atlantic


How Dehydration Affects Cognitive Function  NPR

What Happens When You Stop Exercising?  New York Times


7 Concrete Actions To Reduce Anxiety  Inc.

Managing Symptoms And Sources Of Anxiety When Public Speaking  Stanford

Is The Power To Make Plans The Key To Feelings Of Autonomy And Freedom?  Stanford

"The Case For Puns As The Most Elevated Display Of Wit"  Quartz


How The Cosplay Community Is Modeling Race Bending  LA Times


Maybe US Culture Isn't Urban v. Rural, But Shaped By Colonial History?  New York Times

Compose An Op-Ed: For Middle Schools, Or Any Grade, Really  Middle Web

A Deep Look At Numbers Of Humanities Majors Over Time  Sapping Attention


"On The Unlikely Etymology Of 'Orange'"  Literary Hub

On The Surprising Virality Of False Etymologies  Atlantic


One District Goes Full Competency-Based, Has No Grade Levels  Hechinger Report

One Teacher Considers The Role Of Empiricism And Intuition In Teaching  Peddie


A Long, Fun Exploration Into The Qualities And Uses Of Prime Numbers  Medium


A Philosophical, Emotional & Practical Case Against Screen Learning  Aeon

"France Bans Smartphone Use In Schools"  The Verge

And Social Media Can Be A Powerful Tool For Civil Debate, too  Washington Post


"The  Challenge Of A Universal Transcript"  Education Dive

On The Enduring Quality Of Dungeons And Dragons  LA Times