October 28 - November 4, 2018

US readers: vote this week if you haven't already.  If you have voted, tell your friends -- it makes a difference in turnout.  And also: here's some reading...

There's been some writing percolating over the past few months about the benefits of journaling.  More surfaced this week -- a strong reminder that if schools can foster writing as a habit, then we are helping prepare students for more than simply academic communication.

The Digital Promise map of leadership challenges (and approaches to addressing them) is useful, but it requires some digging to get to the gold buried in there.

The article on "athleisure" is full of extraordinary surprises.  If you are interested at all in dress codes in the workplace, on the playing fields, or in schools -- or even if you're interested in the history of formal attire -- this is a surprising must-read that explores the origin of sport coats, the polo shirt, field hockey uniforms, and more.

These and more: enjoy!  (And then go vote.)



An Excellent Support And PD Network Model For Math Teachers  KQED
"Teachers in the BMTN [Better Math Teaching Network] choose to focus on deepening their students' abilities in one of three areas: connect, justify and solve.  They are grouped with other algebra teachers at schools across New England working on the same skill. They each test small changes in their classrooms, iterate on those changes, and bring their findings to monthly conference calls where they get ideas, feedback, coaching and encouragement."

Vote: Here's Everything You Need To Know To Vote, Anywhere In The US  ProPublica
"The midterms are here. Here's everything you need to know to hit the polls and cast an informed vote this election season."


National Association Of Collegiate ESports: 98 Varsity Programs Now  New York Times


"There Is Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground"  Time

What Works In Preventing And Responding To Bullying  Hechinger Report


More On The Invaluable Nature Of Sleep  New York Times
"Sleep deprivation is the invisible ceiling to how good life can be."

A Brief Overview Of Neurodiversity: Seeing "Disorders" As Strengths  Inside Higher Ed


Chicago Schools Invest In International Baccalaureate (IB) Adoption  Chalkbeat
"When we look at our metrics, we've already seen a dramatic improvement in schools that have a wall-to-wall IB program."


How Technologies Change In The Classroom -- Or Stay The Same  Larry Cuban


"Frankenstein At 200"  New York Times


Map Of Challenges Facing School Leaders, And Resources To Address Them  Digital Promise
"The Challenge Map is designed for education leaders who are looking for resources to help address common education challenges. For each challenge, you'll find emerging trends and interesting practices League districts are implementing, as well as links to summaries and research-based tools aligned with the specific challenge."

"Hiring Practices: Understanding What Millennials And Gen Z Want"  NAIS
"They want and need flexibility... But independent schools as structured, particular at boarding schools, have been slow to support this flexibility because of rigid systems, differing views regarding employment, and the concrete reality."

On The Importance Of Language When Considering Change  Hechinger Report
"A major obstacle is the way these ideas are being articulated and explained by those pushing them. For example, why are the new ways of learning better? What does the research say? Will this help our kids in college, careers and beyond? How? And what do the new terms mean, for real life? It would help to avoid vague rhetoric like 'meeting students where they are,' or 'educating the whole child,' along with the cliche about how education has not changed since a time-bound factory model failed our children."

"How Principals Can Banish Toxic Adult Behavior"  EdWeek


Teacher-Led PD: Opportunities And Risks  ASCD
"Research by Hall and Hord (2014) suggests that an ideal approach to developing teachers and changing schools simultaneously includes both top-down and bottom-up initiatives."


On How Cultural Relevance Is Useful When Personalizing Lessons  Hechinger Report


More On The Health Benefits Of Journaling  New York Times
"There are the obvious benefits, like a boost in mindfulness, memory and communication skills. But studies have also found that writing in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, more self-confidence and a higher I.Q."

Vertical Books: A Hit In The EU, Now Coming To The US  New York Times
"The tiny editions are the size of a cellphone and no thicker than your thumb, with paper as thin as onion skin. They can be read with one hand -- the text flows horizontally, and you can flip the pages upward, like swiping a smartphone."

Willingham Chimes In On The Debate About Reading Instruction  Daniel Willingham


Reimagining Symmetry: Robert Zimmer  Quanta
"Symmetry is among the first geometric concepts kids encounter in mathematics. Through hands-on manipulation, they see that it's possible to rotate, flip and slide shapes around and end up with the shape they started with. This preservation of an object under change has a satisfying resonance -- it's a hint of a deep sense of order in the universe... There are looser, more flexible types of symmetry transformations, though, and these are the ones of interest in Zimmer's conjecture."

A Fascinating Look At The History Of Measurements  Atlantic


DeOldify: Extraordinary Machine Learning Colorizes Old Photographs  GitHub


Athleisure: The Remarkable Role Of Schools In Changing Public Dress Code  Atlantic
"The first sport coats were adopted by 19th-century Europeans and Britons who enjoyed hunting or horseback riding but found such activities difficult in a typical suit jacket. Young American student borrowed the style with a few tweaks, sometimes pairing sport coats with non-matching pants to play outdoor sports like golf."


Everything You Wanted To Know About: Origami  Quartz