January 13 - January 20, 2019

The two feature articles this week have interesting synergy:

Brooks' piece on relationships as central to learning remind us that the interpersonal experiences of education are as if not more important than the specific skills and content of our lessons.  Feelings that an adult cares for and has high expectations of a student can be among the most important drivers of success.

Similarly, the featured post on Learning Goals, while it leads with prose meant more to provoke than persuade, closes with a number of meaningful reminders that much of a student's character development happens outside the scripted lesson.  What is the right balance between structure and flexibility?  I'm reminded that the answer is often: what you choose is less important than *that* you choose -- and then live by it.  (See the pull quote under History of Education for an echo of this.)

Enjoy these and other thoughtful pieces this week!


PS. If you're an early riser and clicked on any of last week's posts by Harvard GSE, such as the "Consent at Every Age" article, you might have found an "Access Denied" error.  Harvard's website was being updated last Sunday morning, and you should be able to access those posts now if you revisit them.  Here is last week's issue.


David Brooks: Relationships Are Essential For Learning  New York Times
"Students have got to have a good relationship with teachers. Suzanne Dikker of New York University has shown that when classes are going well, the student brain activity synchronizes with the teacher's brain activity. In good times and bad, good teachers and good students co-regulate each other.  The bottom line is this, a defining question for any school or company is: What is the quality of the emotional relationships here?"

"How Learning Goals Can Stifle Deeper Learning"  Lustre Education
"It is worth critically examining whether the practice of telling students what they will learn before they learn it equates to the kind of deeper learning that will allow students to thrive in a rapidly changing 21st century job market."


Consider Delaying The Grade When Returning Assessments  Cult of Pedagogy


The Math Of Basketball: Why The Mid-Range Shot Is Vanishing  Flowing Data
"On average, 3-pointers produced 1.07 points. Mid-Range shots produced only 0.81 points."


On Happiness: "The Joy Of Being A Women In Her 70s"  New York Times
"We may not have control, but we have choices. With intention and focused inattention, we can always find a forward path. We discover what we are looking for. If we look for evidence of love in the universe, we will find it. If we seek beauty, it will spill into our lives any moment we wish. If we search for events to appreciate, we discover them to be abundant."

Goals: Duckworth On Making Your New Year's Resolutions A Reality  Character Lab

Cal Newport: "How To Actually, Truly Focus On What You're Doing"  New York Times

Aspiration Vs. Ambition, And How We Make Decisions  New Yorker


"Why Attention Is The Currency Of Achievement"  Medium


Ten Traits Of Successful Innovators  McKinsey


"What Is A University Without A History Major?"  New York Times

Hampshire College Looks For Partner To Stay Afloat  Inside Higher Ed


What Happened To Schools That Group Students Of Different Ages?  Larry Cuban
"Adoption of an innovation in schooling has less to do with what the research says and far more about what school leaders and practitioners believe about students, teaching, learning, and knowledge."


Doctor Has A Stroke, Then Can't Stop Rhyming, Becomes Rap Legend.  Atlantic
"Like many other survivors of stroke, he sometimes stuttered, and his speech became slurred. His personality also seemed to change. He suddenly became obsessed with reading and writing poetry. Soon Hershfield's friends noticed another unusual side effect: He couldn't stop speaking in rhyme. He finished everyday sentences with rhyming couplets."


"Managing By Status And Positional Authority Kills Engagement"  Inc.


College Instructor Reshapes 75-Minute Lecture Blocks For Active Learning  Chron. of Higher Ed


How iOS Notes Is Shaping Writing (Of Public Apologies)  New York Times


"Beauty Is Truth..." Is It Also Evolution? Scientists Ponder...  New York Times

On Introducing Students To Computational Thinking (Via Wolfram)  Wolfram


Largest Early World Map, Centuries Ahead Of Its Time, Unveiled  Medium

The History And Future Vision Of Tesla, In Five Minutes [Video]  Visual Capitalist

Do Alumni Networks Actually Help Graduates? Survey Says: Not Much  Gallup

School Revises Dress Code To Remove Gender-Specific Items  eSchool News