The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Both Technology And Traditional Teaching Have Value: It’s The Pedagogy That Matters

“A belief in the power of technology is becoming akin to an article of faith among education decision makers and commentators — along with preferences found in progressive pedagogy, like student-driven learning over teacher-driven curriculum, cross-cutting skills over traditional subjects, Google over memorization. But what if introducing more technology, and turning away from traditional ways of teaching, is actually making education… […]

Teacher Makes Case Against Being Politically Neutral In Class

The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility’s Teachable Moments project provides 10 ways teachers can engage with controversial topics in their classroom. Generally, the strategies mirror recommended pedagogical strategies such as finding out what students already know, making connections to students’ lives and families, and creating space for kids to opt out of conversations that […]


Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson


* indicates required