The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #113 (January 10, 2016)

    • Gallup
    • 01/06/16

    More than eight in 10 of the nation's chief K-12 education leaders say that student engagement with classwork, their hope for the future and the percentage of them who graduate from high school are very important measures of a public school's effectiveness… Superintendents are less likely to highly prioritize the paths students take after high school as a measure of a school's effectiveness.”

    • Times Literary Supplement
    • 12/23/15

    While I like FaceTime and Skype, I prefer the faceless phone for important, emotional discussions, and Scott showed me why I feel that phone calls are more intimate. A phone silence, he observes, ‘is a thick rope tying two speakers together in the private void of their suspended conversation. This binding may be unpleasant and to be avoided, but it isn’t as estranging as its visual counterpart . . . silence can’t cross the membrane of the computer screen as it can uncoil down phone lines’.”

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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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