The Educator's Notebook

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

How Did Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Write His Tony Award Winning Play “Appropriate”?

“Because the “family drama” feels deeply American, Jacobs-Jenkins wanted to write his own. But he was stuck. So he reread every play he could think of that fit the genre — those by Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Horton Foote, Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Sam Shepard — and decided to “steal one thing from […]

How Did David Adjmi Write Stereophonic, The Most Tony Nominated Play Ever?

“Adjmi writes on instinct. So much so that he didn’t initially write “Stereophonic”’s dialogue on a page; he dictated it to an assistant. “I would just start talking, and then I would have her transcribe everything I said, and then she would read it back to me and I’d say, ‘Cut that.’ ‘Put that line […]


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.

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Peter Nilsson


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