October 7 - October 14, 2018

A good week this week!

The piece in Creativity on appropriation hits a question that is increasingly relevant in connected times: what does appropriation mean when artists have, for centuries, reused and reshaped the work of other artists?  This is a detailed read that dives into a current controversy, a controversy that will have an important impact on how we see creativity in increasingly digitized times.

The final piece in character, released by Angela Duckworth's Character Lab, is an excellent collection of research and practices into how to teach four critical character traits.  This is a truly valuable resource for those interested in teaching character in schools -- or elsewhere!

These and others: enjoy!



How Teacher-Led PD Raised A School District From Bottom To Top  AFT
"With a strong cadre of teacher leaders in place and a professional culture where staff share effective practices across classrooms, teachers constantly explore new ways to meet the needs of their students. Beyond their impact on classroom instruction, these factors have also led to high levels of teacher retention."

Willingham Debunks Learning Styles, Again. Instead, Do This:  New York Times
"Instead of trying to transform a task to match your style, transform your thinking to match the task. The best strategy for a task is the best strategy, irrespective of what you believe your learning style is."


"How I Know You Wrote Your Kid's College Essay" (Plus Comments!)  New York Times
[From the comments] "The fact that [anyone] can call themselves a "college essay consultant" belies the article's entire premise that there is anything 'authentic' left in the college application process."


Everything You Wanted To Know About: Walking  Quartz


"The Confidence Gap... 5 Tips For Parents Of Tween And Teen Girls"  New York Times

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius On Living Without Fear  Medium

Playbooks For Teaching Curiosity, Grit, Gratitude, And Self-Control  Character Lab


"How People Learn" Gets An Update, To Be Released Soon  EdWeek


On Appropriation: "In Literature, Who Decides When Homage Becomes Theft?"  NYT
"The issue isn't the right of artists to imaginatively enter other lives. What's being questioned is the concentration of cultural capital, and how members of the dominant class, who tend to receive more resources and broader access to the public, are rewarded for telling "difficult" stories -- like those dealing with the subjugation and suffering of minorities and the poor -- even when they misrepresent the people they're claiming to speak for.  Often theirs are the loudest, if not the only voices heard on the subject. No one should proscribe artists from trying to transcend the limits of their experience; the joy of art and literature has always been how they free us from those limits. The answer is not to have fewer stories, but more."


Music Is Disappearing From The UK Curriculum  Guardian


"The Rise And Fall Of Affirmative Action"  New Yorker

"Disruptive Pedagogy And The Practice Of Freedom"  Hybrid Pedagogy

"If I as a teacher, an individual with more power than any student, have not been challenging myself to be intellectually and spiritually free in my practice, how much freedom can my students possibly experience?"


A College Where No One Pays Tuition, Via Responsible Endowment Use  Atlantic


6 Basic Leadership Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them  Inc.

Leadership Doesn't Have To Mean Managing people. Projects Instead.  Quartz


Peer Coaching: A Tool For Efficacy And For Organizational Culture  HBR
"Peer coaching is about cultivating a network of allies that can provide mutual support in creating positive change to improve performance. In addition to its many benefits for learning, these relationships address the roots of loneliness at work."


Leveraging Dungeons & Dragons To Motivate And Teach Reading  KQED
"Best selling authors like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cory Doctorow, comedian Stephen Colbert and... George R. R. Martin all played Dungeons & Dragons.  It's not surprising that burgeoning writers would be drawn to a storytelling game."

Books In The Home Correlate With Math, Language, And IT Skills  Pacific Standard

"In Praise Of The Photocopy" For Reading Books  Paris Review


"2018 State Of Computer Science Education"  Code.org

"10 Excel Functions Everyone Should Know"  Harvard Business Review


Vague Details On Tim Berners-Lee's Reinvention Of The Web, For Privacy  Fast Co.


A Deep, Excellent Reflection On Free Speech, The Media, And Trolls  Data & Society
"While [Judge] Brandeis believed that anyone had the right to express their views, he did not believe that anyone had the right to be amplified... The media landscape has changed significantly over the last 86 years, but the nuance in Brandeis' arguments lives on. Brandies recognized that the key to sustaining a commitment to free speech is to have rich understanding of how people can abuse their power of manipulate the system to control what others hear. He also recognized that as the media landscape changed so must our approach in enabling the First Amendment."

"Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million At Sotheby's"  New York Times

Liszt's "La Campanella," Illuminated  YouTube

On The Value Of Cultivating Hobbies, Or "Serious Leisure" Interests  HBR

Daniel Radcliffe Fact Checks With The New Yorker While Playing A Fact Checker  New Yorker