The Educator's Notebook

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

Are Great Teachers Born Or Made? A Data Informed Theory

“In the first year of the COVID pandemic, two states waived many of their typical requirements for teachers, allowing anyone with a bachelor’s degree to teach. After reviewing end-of-course exam results, supervisor evaluations, and other data, researchers concluded that the students of this group of emergency-hired teachers did not differ significantly from students taught by […]

Dan Meyer Thinks Your AI In Education Predictions Are All Wrong

“If any one thing can be said about all the practitioners in a field as vast as teaching, it is that they are ruthlessly pragmatic with their time. They can afford to be nothing less. If teachers thought generative AI had a realistic shot of saving them time, we would have seen different survey results […]

What Is Mathematics? Why Some Definitions Differ.

““Noticing and describing,” according to these people, are not mathematical activities. What is then? Math, to hear many technologists describe it, is the basket of operations you can ask computers to perform, the formal operations that result in either a single correct answer or, if we absolutely must, multiple answers which computers can deterministically evaluate […]


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


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