December 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019

An excellent week to kick off the New Year.

The two feature posts are remarkable for the depth of their reporting, especially the first piece about intimacy among adolescents.  The piece on the science of learning to read captures a robust conversation happening right now -- and while it's targeted at elementary programs, a grasp of the mechanics of reading is useful for teachers of all levels: K-16.

Also, the collection of four essays on instructional coaching offers a variety of angles into discussions about professional development.  These are useful both for exploring how one might introduce instructional coaching and also for thinking about the personal needs of teachers within your school community.

Last, the exercise/physical activity distinction is meaningful, and it's useful as schools consider the role of athletics -- or of fitness more generally -- within their program.




"Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?"  Atlantic
"From 1991 to 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds, the percentage of high-school students who’d had intercourse dropped from 54 to 40 percent. In other words, in the space of a generation, sex has gone from something most high-school students have experienced to something most haven’t… Now some observers are beginning to wonder whether an unambiguously good thing might have roots in less salubrious developments. Signs are gathering that the delay in teen sex may have been the first indication of a broader withdrawal from physical intimacy that extends well into adulthood."

More On The Science Of Learning To Read  KQED
"In 2015, before the new training began, more than half of the kindergartners in the district tested below the benchmark score, meaning most of them were heading into first grade at risk of reading failure. At the end of the 2018 school year, after the science-based training, 84 percent of kindergartners met or exceeded the benchmark score. At three schools, it was 100 percent."


On Restorative Practices And Mentoring Relationships  Atlantic


A Warm, Friend-To-Friend Message Explaining White Privilege  Yes Magazine

300 Mile Human Chain: 3+ Million Women In India Stand For Equal Rights  New York Times


It's Not About Exercise, It's About Physical Activity  Guardian
"After two centuries of trying, we should accept that exercise is not working as a global fitness strategy while it remains an addition to the working day. In the long view, it is starting to look a lot like a fad… What is needed are the kinds of strategies that would make exercise unnecessary… Exercise becomes physical activity when it is part of your daily life.”

As Marijuana Is Legalized, Research Surfaces About Its Growing Risks  New York Times


How Elementary And Middle School Teachers Use Harry Potter In Class  NPR

"J.D. Salinger At 100: Is The Catcher In the Rye Still Relevant?"  Washington Post


A Tribute To Old English, And Kennings  New York Times


Instructional Coaching: How To Build A Culture For It  ASCD

Instructional Coaching: A Means Of Emotional Support For Teachers  ASCD

Instructional Coaching: Student-Centered, Not Teacher-Centered  ASCD

Instructional Coaching: Some Additional Tips  ASCD


Dungeons & Dragons Is Still In The News - For Humanities Classes  WNYC


Karen Sparck Jones: The Woman Who Laid The Foundation For Search Engines  New York Times
"Sparck Jones’s seminal 1972 paper in the Journal of Documentation laid the groundwork for the modern search engine. In it, she combined statistics with linguistics — an unusual approach at the time — to establish formulas that embodied principles for how computers could interpret relationships between words."

"Artificial Intelligence Turns Brain Activity Into Speech"  Science

The History Of The Design Of The Periodic Table  The Conversation


How MOOCs Changed In 2018  EdSurge


"The Best Data Visualization In 2018"  Quartz


On The Revival Of Handwriting  Medium
"We got so far into digital technology without thinking about how it would feel to let go of this thing that was such a part of people’s lives… It doesn’t feel the same to get an email as it does to open a letter. You see someone’s personality in a handwritten letter. It feels like it’s just for you. And people want that back.”

Mortality Rates For Different Sports And Leisure Activities [Infographic]  Teton Gravity

"The Unbearable Heaviness Of Clutter"  New York Times