October 20 - October 27, 2019

Another extraordinary week of useful news:

From groundbreaking changes in technology (like the advent of quantum computing, which is likened to the Wright brothers' first flight) to excellent growth in understanding about teaching reading to insight into neurological and cognitive elements of learning, there is much to learn from this week.

At the same time, there are good reminders this week about the limits and dangers of technology, about the need for changes in some traditional practices, and more.

Also, I found the piece in the pedagogy section on "embodied cognition" a good reminder that movement helps learning.

And last: the feature article on CEOs raises helpful questions and perspectives for people in any leadership position in schools.

These and more, enjoy!

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


What Can School Leaders Learn From The Role Of CEO? McKinsey
“To answer the question, “What are the mindsets and practices of excellent CEOs?,” we started with the six main elements of the CEO’s job—elements touched on in virtually all literature about the role: setting the strategy, aligning the organization, leading the top team, working with the board, being the face of the company to external stakeholders, and managing one’s own time and energy. We then broke those down into 18 specific responsibilities that fall exclusively to the CEO.”

Is It Time For Math Curricula To Focus More On Data Literacy? Freakonomics
“Most high-school math classes are still preparing students for the Sputnik era. Steve Levitt wants to get rid of the “geometry sandwich” and instead have kids learn what they really need in the modern era: data fluency.”


Information On Some Vaping Cessation Strategies And Programs NPR


“15 Resources For Rethinking Assessment” Global Online Academy


Willingham On Curiosity: Why We Get Distracted New York Times


“Retrieval Practices’ Impact On Test Anxiety And Stress” Psych Learning Curve

How Goal Setting Changes Your Brain Inc.


On The Importance Of Passion For Driving Creativity Psychology Today


What Happened To Shakespeare’s Library? The Guardian

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between The World And Me” Goes On Tour As A Play American Theatre


Hong Kong Protests Spread To U.S. Campuses New York Times


Psychological Safety And Collaboration: Assessing and Improving Teams Stanford
“Working collaboratively is an integral part of organization life, but it often proves more interpersonally difficult than anticipated. One of the most fundamental challenges organizations face is how to manage the interpersonal threats inherent in employees admitting ignorance or uncertainty, voicing concerns and opinions, or simply being different…. Interpersonal risk is a powerful force that makes effective collaboration less likely to occur, particularly when the work is characterized by uncertainty and complexity.”

Four Questions To Assess Whether A School Is Ready For Change Larry Cuban

“10 Habits Of Highly Effective Boards” NAIS

Principles For Prioritizing Time For Teachers Harvard Graduate School of Education

On The Importance Of Giving Positive Feedback Gallup


Academic Research Is Best Balanced With Teachers’ Local Expertise TES


Understanding The Benefits And Limits Of Restorative Justice Hechinger Reports
“Restorative processes are intended to reduce the shame and stigma associated with negative behaviors, and to avoid ostracizing wrongdoers.”

Embodied Cognition: Dance Your Science Class For Better Mastery Chronicle of Higher Education
“These strategies have led to some pretty good results, the professors say. In a common national exam created by the American Chemical Society for undergraduate curricula, their students have performed well above the national average. The mean score is around the 80th percentile. (The national average would be the 50th.)”

Is Collaborative Play Essential For Driving Student Excellence? NPR

Classroom Management: A Helpful Tiered Scale Of Teacher Interventions KQED

On Dual Language Immersion Programs New Mexico In Depth


On Skimming, And How People Read Times Literary Supplement

On When To Teach Certain Decoding Skills To Young Readers Shanahan on Literacy


Is TikTok A National Security Threat? (Or All Social Media, For That Matter?)  Ars Technica

Wait, What Is TikTok Again? New York Times

And Why Are Schools Everywhere Suddenly Making TikTok Clubs? New York Times


“Futzing And Moseying” - How Pro Data Analysts Describe Their Work The Morning Paper
“What do people actually do when they do ‘exploratory data analysis’ (EDA)? This 2018 paper reports on the findings from interviews with 30 professional data analysts to see what they get up to in practice.”


MIT Offers New, Low Energy Way To Remove CO2 From The Air MIT

Stanford Is Skeptical Of Carbon Capture Costs Stanford


Welcome To The Age Of Quantum Computing New York Times
“Google said on Wednesday that it had achieved a long-sought breakthrough called “quantum supremacy,” which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology… Scientists likened Google’s announcement to the Wright brothers’ first plane flight in 1903 — proof that something is really possible even though it may be years before it can fulfill its potential.”

What Is Quantum Computing? New York Times
“Ordinary computers store data and perform computations as a series of bits that are either 1 or 0. By contrast, a quantum computer uses qubits, which can be 1 and 0 at the same time, at least until they are measured, at which point their states become defined. Eight bits make a byte; the active working memory of a typical smartphone might employ something like 2 gigabytes, or two times 8 billion bits. That’s a lot of information, but it pales in comparison to the information capacity of only a few dozen qubits. Because each qubit represents two states at once, the total number of states doubles with each added qubit. One qubit is two possible numbers, two is four possible numbers, three is eight and so forth. It starts slow but gets huge fast.”

The Pervasiveness Of Technology Is Not Inevitable Vox
“As a reporter who covers technology and the future, I constantly hear variations of this line as technologists attempt to apply the theory Charles Darwin made famous in biology to their own work. I’m told that there is a progression of technology, a movement that is bigger than any individual inventor or CEO. They say they are simply caught in a tide, swept along in a current they cannot fight… In fact, our world is shaped by humans who make decisions, and technology companies are no different.”

Details On Google’s Patent For A “Smart Home” CB Insights

“Can You Really Be Addicted To Video Games?” New York Times


Successful Work = Time + Space + Materials Austin Kleon
“My question is whether increasing the quality or amount of a variable in the equation can make up for a lack of one the others.”


Understanding Halloween In Schools, A Socio-Religious Perspective Education Dive