May 26 - June 2, 2019

A broad range this week, fitting of the reflective times of the end of the school year.

There's an interesting tension this week between the TES piece on the limits of research in guiding practice for educators and the primer on cognitive load theory put out by the New South Wales Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation.  How much should educators be thinking about (and following) research?  How much should they be artisans of teaching?  It's always a balance in these questions.

Also: several pieces this week on maker spaces and learning through maker education.  Useful for rethinking assessment formats.

Enjoy these and others, including the two excellent features!



“Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World”  New York Times
"This pattern extends beyond music and sports. Students who have to specialize earlier in their education — picking a pre-med or law track while still in high school — have higher earnings than their generalist peers at first, according to one economist’s research in several countries. But the later-specializing peers soon caught up… The early specializers, meanwhile, more often quit their career tracks."

Solvitur Ambulando: It Is Solved By Walking.  Quartz
"Walking is a way to be more present, ease anxiety, spark creativity, increase productivity, and detox from digital overload (that is, if you don’t walk with your face in your phone)."



On The Need To Address Dating Violence In The Teenage Years  New York Times
"Include psychological abuse, and these numbers rise significantly. More than 60 percent of adolescents who date (both boys and girls) said they had experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse from a partner."


“Playing Teen Sports May Protect Some From Damages Of Childhood Trauma”  KQED


Having A Purpose Helps Your Health  KQED


7 Strategies For Teaching, From Cognitive Load Theory  CESE


Will The Arts Be The Most Important Subject In The Future?  The Stage
"The modern world doesn't reward you for what you know, but for what you can do with what you know."

“All High Schools In Georgia Must Teach CS By 2024”  EdScoop


What Makes Great Colleges?  It’s More Than Being Exclusive Or Elite.  New York Times

Higher Ed Enrollment Continues To Decline, Mostly  Inside Higher Ed


Noah Webster, The Dictionary, And The Nationalism Of Language  Atlantic


“In Turkey, Keeping The Language Of Whistles Alive”  New York Times

The Resurgence Of Tongva, The Original Language Of Where LA Is Today  LA Times


“8 Questions To Ask Before Creating A Makerspace”  eSchool News


A Case For Improvement Cycles, And The Limited Role Of Research In Teaching  TES
"Classrooms are just too complicated for research ever to tell teachers what to do. Teachers need to know about research, to be sure, so that they can make smarter decisions about where to invest their time, but teachers, and school leaders need to become critical consumers of research – using research evidence where it is available and relevant, but also recognising that there are many things teachers need to make decisions about where there is no research evidence, and also realising that sometimes the research that is available may not be applicable in a particular context."


The Elements Of Maker Education — Designing New Assessment Forms  Hechinger Report

In Defense Of Direct Instruction  Medium

"Teachers want the freedom to be able to bounce from idea to idea and ask students to make those important cognitive connections. However, without a foundation of skills and knowledge, those leaps in higher order thinking are impossible."


Knowing Content Is Essential For Strong Reading Skills  EdWeek


“For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support”  EdSurge
"These days we’ve moved past the idea of MOOCs as a one-size-fits-all solution for revamping higher education. But colleges are still struggling where these large-scale courses fit in. Our work indicates that the best results happen when students can take advantage of the free or low-cost online resources with in-person networks and support."

Whether And Why Teachers Use Tech.  A Good Breakdown  EdSurge

Whose Phone Use Is More Problematic: Kids Or Parents?  Quartz


"Let's Hear It For The Average Child”  New York Times
"To the student who does all the homework in his hardest subject and turns it in promptly… For the rest of your life, you will never again think of this C, but you’ll bring your character and your capacity for hard work to all your future endeavors."

On The Persistence Of The School-As-Factory Metaphor  Larry Cuban