December 9 - December 16, 2018

A good week for character and pedagogy.  Posts on empathy, on productive struggle, on inquiry based lessons, and more.

Also, George Orwell was mostly right.  It appears most of us are tracked every moment of the day.  But it isn't an overbearing Big Brother.  Instead, we've invited Big Brother to follow us, by putting a smartphone in our pockets.  Read about how your location data is harvested, sold, and used.

And a fascinating assessment tool for evaluating creative work: meta-rubrics.  See assessment.



"Does Where You Go To College Matter?" New Studies, 3 Conclusions  Atlantic
"First, to high-strung affluent parents, well-compensated counselors, and other members of the elite-admissions industrial complex: Just relax, okay? You are inflicting on American teenagers a ludicrous amount of pointless anxiety. Even if you subscribe to the dubious idea that young people ought to maximize for vocational prestige and income, the research suggests that elite colleges are not critical to achieving those ends. In the aggregate, individual characteristics swamp institutional characteristics. It's more important to be hardworking and curious than to receive a certain thick envelope."

Adam Grant Argues Against Getting Straight A's  New York Times
"The evidence is clear: Academic excellence is not a strong predictor of career excellence. Across industries, research shows that the correlation between grades and job performance is modest in the first year after college and trivial within a handful of years. For example, at Google, once employees are two or three years out of college, their grades have no bearing on their performance."



An Excellent Approach To Assessing Creative Work By Students  EdSurge


On Managing And Fostering Empathy  New York Times

7 Strategies To Nurture Self-Driven Kids (Via Parenting)  Washington Post


An Excellent Examination Of How Retrieval Practice Helps Transfer  Retrieval Practice


A Case For Teaching Architecture To Kids  CityLab


"How Woke Became A Weapon" Against Itself  Medium

Books That Celebrate Diversity: For Young Readers  University of Pennsylvania


4 Practices To Support Happiness (And Fend Off Depression)  Barking Up The Wrong Tree


"Masters Programs Are Becoming More Popular, Diverse"  Education Dive


It's Important For Administrators To Spend Time In Classrooms  EdExcellence


Try Switching From "I Do, We Do, You Do" (Modeling) To "You Do, We Do, I Do"  ASCD

"Inquiry based lessons... begin with 'you do' and give students the opportunity to figure things out for themselves. They rely on the first of the eight practice standards: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. The theory is that if a student works through the steps on his or her own, that student has a higher likelihood of retaining the information than if he or she were simply given steps to follow."

"Six Questions We Should Be Asking About Personalized Learning"  EdWeek

Five Elements Of Play That Lead To Learning (Via Toy Shopping)  Brookings

A Short Exploration Of Team Teaching  Larry Cuban

Understanding "Productive Struggle"  ASCD


Time-Boxing: Putting What You Need To Do In A Limited Time  Harvard Business Review


Reading Literary Fiction Leads To Greater Empathy  Quartz
"Literary fiction, which tends to focus on the psychology of individuals, provides a window into the inner lives of strangers in other times and places. It's this preoccupation with sensation and thought that makes the form a powerful tool for developing empathy. Stories that transport us also transform us, according to the study. Reading literary fiction, though a solitary pursuit, increases social understanding."

Willingham: How Is Listening To Audiobooks Different From Reading?  New York Times

An Homage To Long Sentences  Literary Hub


Social Media Has Surpassed Print As US Biggest Source Of News  Smithsonian


Your Location Data Is Likely Being Tracked. And Sold. Every Day.  New York Times
"The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails -- each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark to a nearby Planned Parenthood, remaining there for more than an hour. Another represents a person who travels with the mayor of New York during the day and returns to Long Island at night. Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7 a.m., and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day."

3 Lessons On How Kids Actually Use Educational Apps At School  Hechinger Report 
"They had enough test score data to analyze roughly 150 of the 2,500 education apps in the marketplace. Here are the takeaways."

Jupyter Notebooks In Schools: Open-Source Data Science Tools  Jupyter4edu

Is Constant Digital Tech Use Damaging Our Brains? 11 Experts Respond.  Vox


Seattle Schools Push Start Time Back, Students Sleep More, And Improve  NPR

Highlights From Education Research: 2018  Edutopia