February 16 - February 23, 2020

Fascinating pieces this week, across a range of topics.

The feature article on self-affirmations and the article in the character section on self-affirmation offer helpful insight into why affirming our values and strengths can be helpful in overcoming bias and identity-based threats.  Worthy reads.

See also a host of posts about language invention and evolution.

These and others, enjoy!

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


Lit Review: The Effects Of Values- And Self-Affirmations On Performance Social And Personality Psychology Compass
“The purpose of the present review is to (i) summarize self-affirmation theory; (ii) review major new discoveries in affirmation research with an emphasis on how affirmations affect defensiveness, stress, and academic performance under identity threat; and (iii) present a general theoretical account of how these effects occur.”

"How To Create A Project Based Learning Lesson” Cult of Pedagogy
“So what does it look like to put these non-negotiables into practice and plan a project? I will walk you through the process I have come to embrace and share with teachers who cross my path, either through our time together in the trenches during project coaching, or when they pick up my book, Keep it Real with PBL”


Explore Arabic Year at King's Academy in Jordan,

an immersive exploration of language, history and culture

in the peaceful heart of the Middle East.


Post-Ban: What Kids Are Vaping Now NPR
“"Juul is almost old school ... It's no longer the teen favorite," says Meredith Berkman, co-founder of the advocacy group PAVE, Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes. "Among the disposables [that] are most popular, there's Puff Bar, there's Stig, there's Viigo," Berkman says. They're designed for one-time use. Then, they're tossed, she explains. "These have just flooded the market," Berkman says.”

“Why Teenagers Reject Parents’ Solutions To Their Problems” New York Times


Does Studying Student Data Lead To Greater Learning? EdWeek

How Some US Districts Use Khan Academy For Standardized Test Prep The 74 Million


More On The Value Of Self-Affirmation Journal Of Health Psychology
“Engaging in spontaneous self-affirmation was related to greater happiness, hopefulness, optimism, subjective health, and personal health efficacy, and less anger and sadness.”

IQ, EQ… AQ? Adaptability Quotient As The Key To Work Success BBC

Be Yourself - It May Make You More Successful Harvard Business Review


“TV Tropes” - A List of Repeated Forms Used In Media Storytelling Slate
“Whenever I got into a new band or played a new game or watched a new movie, I still looked it up on TV Tropes. I had to understand it—and seeing the same tropes appearing over and over again made me realize that I was holding myself to an impossible standard. Nothing is original. Every great work of art—every film, movie, game, book, character, painting, or song—is just a mash of ideas. Someone else has already thought those thoughts.”


“Promoting Culturally Responsive Leadership Practices” AASA


On Intermittent Fasting New York Times


“School Reforms That Are Persistent But Marginal” (4-Part Series) Larry Cuban


Resources On News Literacy And Spotting Fake News New York Times


Six Minute Video Report On Education In Finland YouTube/Australia News


On The Cultural Force Of Black English (African American Vernacular English) JStor
“All along, while standard American English was busy convincing everyone that it was a superior dialect, it’s Black English that’s been a true cultural and linguistic force in contemporary society. Standard English is in fact deeply indebted to this so-called impoverished speech. It’s Black English that has left its mark on the popular culture we participate in, sliding seamlessly into the language of art, music, poetry, storytelling, and social media. Perhaps no other variety of speech has been quite so significant, innovative, and influential to the development of standard American English.”

“Garbage Language: Why Do Corporations Speak The Way They Do?”  Vulture
“The meaningful threat of garbage language — the reason it is not just annoying but malevolent — is that it confirms delusion as an asset in the workplace.”

"The Search For New Words To Make Us Care About The Climate Crisis” New Yorker

A Visualization Of The 100 Most Spoken Languages In the World WordTips

The NYT Spelling Bee: A Quick, Fun, Boggle-Like Word Game Slate


A “Book Tasting”: A PD Event To Spark Curiosity In Teachers David Guerin


A Toolkit For Helping Teachers And Administrators Embrace Makerspaces EdSurge

A Reflection Feedback: How To Sustainably Provide Regular, Quality Feedback EdSurge


“Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI” Wired
“There are different machines, and it is the role of a human and understand exactly what this machine will need to do its best. At the end of the day it's about combination… With AlphaZero and future machines, I describe the human role as being shepherds. You just have to nudge the flock of intelligent algorithms. Just basically push them in one direction or another, and they will do the rest of the job. You put the right machine in the right space to do the right task.”

Three Tech-Driven Ideas About The Future Of Higher Ed New York Times
“It’s a… world in which students subscribe to rather than enroll in college, learn languages in virtual reality foreign streetscapes with avatars for conversation partners, have their questions answered day or night by A.I. teaching assistants and control their own digital transcripts that record every life achievement.”


“Forgotten Map Types” - Bad Information Visualization From The Ages Medium


On the Role Of Chief Design OfficeFast Company

Should Students Join Your School Board? Independent School Magazine

In Praise Of Wikipedia: “The Last Best Place On The Internet” Wired