February 23 - March 1, 2020

Thought-provoking articles this week.

I'm particularly interested in the feature piece about developing a common language to describe the work of teaching.  The article, by UPenn GSE Dean Pam Grossman, asks us to consider or work towards a clear set of terms for how we describe what makes up teaching.  Why is it so elusive?  While good teaching can and does look different because of the variety of ways in which it is manifested by different people, there still are shared components.  What are those components?  Can we put words to them?  I think so.

Also this week, a fascinating perspective shift in the character section.

Enjoy these and others!

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


On The Need To Create A Common Language To Describe The Work Of Teaching  Kappan
“The assumption that teaching is highly individualistic has often been used to resist efforts at specifying — or, some fear, prescribing or oversimplifying — what accomplished teachers actually do in the classroom. Yet, if we cannot describe the work that teachers do in some detail, then we risk resorting to vague generalities about it, leaving individuals to formulate their own idiosyncratic ideas about good teaching. And without clear definitions of good teaching, it becomes difficult to ensure equity for students across the tens of thousands of classrooms in our country.”

“Meet The Single Point Rubric” Cult of Pedagogy
“The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on. The simplicity of these rubrics — with just a single column of criteria, rather than a full menu of performance levels — offers a whole host of benefits.”


Is Exercise Necessary To Provide Cognitive Decline? If So, How Much? Fast Company


Egocentric Bias: “Why We’re Blind To Our Power Over Others” NPR
“Think about the last time you asked someone for something. Maybe you were nervous or worried about what the person would think of you. Chances are that you didn't stop to think about the pressure you exerted on that person. Psychologists say we are often consumed with our own perspective, and fail to see the signs that others are uncomfortable, anxious or afraid.”

On Harnessing Curiosity… To Avoid Wasting Time, Because Curiosity Character Lab
“Curiosity is not influenced by long-term learning goals. That’s why, even though I’m a psychologist who loves his work, I still might be bored at a talk on psychology. But Internet content that promises quick and easy information draws my attention even if, after the fact, it doesn’t seem worth my time.”


A Genealogy Course: Developing Research And Writing Skills Hechinger Report


Jane Eyre In Translation. Every Translation. Poets and Writers

On Using A Linguistic Analysis To Assess Edgar Allen Poe’s Mental State Lancaster University


On The Nominating Process For Harvard’s Board Of Overseers Harvard

Build Your Meeting Agenda Around Questions, Not Topics Harvard Business School


Are Student Evaluations Of Teaching Fair? Inside Higher Education


“15 Strategies For Online Learning When School Is Closed” Global Online Academy


Animal Life Discovered That Does Not Breathe Oxygen CNN

Van Gogh’s Starry Night As A Depiction Of Turbulence Upworthy


Computers And Copyright: Team Digital Makes Every Melody, Releases For Free Vice

Austin Kleon On Kids And Screen Time Austin Kleon


“The World In 2030: Nine Megatrends To Watch” MIT Sloan Management Review

Dave Eggers On His Whimsical, Tech-Free Tutoring Nonprofit For Kids  EdSurge

“Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain” Smithsonian

An Interview With An Author Of A Book About Friendship KQED