August 4 - August 11, 2019

An epic week this week as we begin gearing up for the start of the school year.

In the feature section: I've been a fan of Kelly McGonigal's research around stress -- especially how our mindset can influence whether we experience stress negatively (with all the serious side effects) or positively (with all the relative benefits).  This week's post from NPR reprises this research.  The second piece, from Inside Higher Ed, gathers several high level considerations for educators from all backgrounds, some of which won't be relevant to individual backgrounds, but others of which are good for leaders to think about.

Plenty of resources for teachers this week, too, especially in Character and Pedagogy.

Find also a set of interesting workplace posts on topics ranging from email to time management and more.

Also, three tributes to Toni Morrison.

Last, to all the readers here in my new locale: Eid Mubarak!

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy
Jordan



FEATURED ARTICLES

Your Mindset About Stress Matters, And Can Change Your Health  NPR
"Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier? And here, the science says yes. When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body's response to stress. Your heart might be pounding. You might be breathing faster, maybe breaking out into a sweat. And normally, we interpret these physical changes as anxiety or signs that we aren't coping very well with the pressure… Participants who learned to view the stress response as helpful for their performance - well, they were less stressed out, less anxious, more confident. But the most fascinating finding to me was how their physical stress response changed."

"How Higher Ed Is And Is Not Changing"  Inside Higher Ed
"Whether higher ed can overcome the barriers to institutional and departmental collaboration is, to my mind, the next great challenge facing our colleges and universities."






ADMISSIONS

"How Does An Admissions Officer Read Your Application?  Story2





ARTS

Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals, 2019  NPR





CHARACTER

Large Study Reaffirming Growth Mindset’s Effect On Performance  EdSurge

"How To Combat Procrastination Based On Your Personality Type”  Fast Company


A Strategy For Shaking Negative Thoughts  Inc.




COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Napping: Why It Is So Good For You  Quartz

“High School Naps May Boost Learning For Sleep-Deprived Teenagers”  EdWeek

Spatial Reasoning Is More Central To Thinking Than Language  Stanford




CREATIVITY

A Deep Dive Into Brainstorming  Quartz





DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

Tips For Pronouncing Names Correctly This Fall  KQED





HIGHER ED

How Online Higher Ed Is Fragmenting The Higher Ed Market  HolonIQ





HUMANITIES

“Toni Morrison, The Teacher”  New Yorker
"I can think of no other writer whose work, and the cult of its consumption—still, surely, in its very first stages—embodies the ideal of writing and reading as a community practice, meant more for the enrichment of a people than for any individual’s private therapy or entertainment… Her writing opens up into other writing, richness into richness, in a way that will help such solidarity come to pass."


On Toni Morrison  New York Times

On Toni Morrison  Quartz

Your Students Can Help The Library Of Congress Transcribe Suffragist Papers  Smithsonian




LANGUAGE

“How Carpe Diem Got Lost In Translation”  JStor





LEADERSHIP

Peter Kaufman On Multidisciplinary Thinking  Latticework Investing
"Here are the six. Your customers, your suppliers, your employees, your owners, your regulators, and the communities you operate in. And if you can truly see through the eyes of all six of these counterparty groups and understand their needs, their aspirations, their insecurities, their time horizons. How many blind spots do you have now? Zero. How many mistakes are you going to make? You’re going to make zero. People don’t think this is possible. It’s really easy."


6 Essential Time Management Strategies From Successful Leaders  Inc.

“3 Steps Principals Can Take To Stop New Teacher Attrition”  ASCD


Some Factors In Teacher Retention  EdSurge




PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

8 Concrete Suggestions To Help New Teachers Get Started  ASCD





PEDAGOGY

“What Is The Difference Between Competencies And Standards”  ReDesignU


How Some Teachers User Timer Countdowns To Help Students  Washington Post

How One Teacher Uses Daily YouTube Videos To Help Students  WSVN

8 Ways To Deal With Late Work From Students  Cult of Pedagogy




READING/WRITING

Foster A Love Of Reading By Giving Away Free Books  WILX





SOCIAL MEDIA

On Why LinkedIn Doesn’t Court Controversy Like Other Social Media  New York Times





STEM

AI Is Writing Better Ads Than Professional Copywriters  Quartz
"In tests, JPMorgan Chase found that Persado’s machine-learning tool crafted better ad copy than its own writers could muster, as measured by the higher click rates—more than double in some cases—on digital ads for Chase cards and mortgages."


Frenchman Flies A Real Hoverboard Across The English Channel  New York Times

Wish You Could Fly? (Me Too.) Forget Wingsuits, Try VR Drone Flying.  Digg





SUSTAINABILITY

“Texas Used More Energy From Wind Than Coal This Year”  Dallas Observer


“A Quarter Of Humanity Faces A Looming Water Crisis”  New York Times




TECH

“Was Email A Mistake?” — And Some Ideas On How To Fix It  New Yorker
"There’s nothing intrinsically bad about e-mail as a tool. In situations where asynchronous communication is clearly preferable—broadcasting an announcement, say, or delivering a document—e-mails are superior to messengered printouts. The difficulties start when we try to undertake collaborative projects—planning events, developing strategies—asynchronously. In those cases, communication becomes drawn out, even interminable… Recently, the founder and C.E.O. of a publicly traded technology company told me that he spends at most two or three hours a week sending and receiving e-mails; he has replaced most of his asynchronous messaging with a “regular rhythm” of meetings, which allows him to efficiently address issues in real time."


On Email, “The Cockroach Of The Internet” - Its History And Prospects  Atlantic

“A School Laptop Under $500 That Isn’t Junk”  New York Times

Richard Cullata: 5 Big Ed Tech Problems To Solve  EdWeek

“What Every Educator Needs To Know About Artificial Intelligence”  EdWeek





WORKPLACE

Maybe We’re Not All Actually Busier Than We Used To Be  Literary Review

"The authors find little proof of increasing busyness among the population. Yes, as expected, people were spending far more time on digital devices in 2015 than they were in 2000. But the data provides little evidence that people now spend more time multitasking or that they’re switching more often from one activity to another, which might make our time seem fragmented and frantic. The perception that we’re all super busy might have grown, the authors say, because of the way that certain subgroups of the population who have seen an increase in their workloads – those who are highly educated, in higher-status jobs and in dual-career households with small children – are more likely to have an influential voice in society and the media and so might have helped to create an impression that everyone is now busier."

3 Tips for Working Smart Instead Of Working Hard  US New & World Reports




OTHER

How Decision Trees Can Help Solve Problems And Make Decisions  Quartz

Moving To “A Better Address Can Change A Child’s Future”  New York Times

Wingsuit BASE Jumping Matures A Little  National Geographic


Vander Ark Offers Four Emerging Trends In Education  Forbes

Reflections On Talking With Kids About Violent Attacks In The News  NPR