The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #130 (May 8, 2016)

    • Wall Street Journal
    • 05/06/16

    Last year, a team of Georgia Tech researchers began creating Ms. Watson by poring through nearly 40,000 postings on a discussion forum known as “Piazza” and training her to answer related questions based on prior responses. By late March, she began posting responses live.”

    • Harvard Business Review
    • 04/26/16

    Managers need to know that working to get one woman or minority considered for a position might be futile, because the odds are likely slim if they are the lone woman or nonwhite candidate. But if managers can change the status quo of the finalist pool by including two women, then the women have a fighting chance… When there were two minorities or women in the pool of finalists, the status quo changed, resulting in a woman or minority becoming the favored candidate.”

    • Medium
    • 04/26/16

    Teacher agency emerged as a factor that needs to be elevated in the discourse about professional learning. This report emphasizes the importance of teacher agency and pinpoints strategies that education leaders and policymakers can use to leverage agency in designing more effective professional learning.”

    • American Psychological Association
    • 09/01/15

    The first eight principles relate to cognition and learning and address the question: How do students think and learn? The next four (9–12) discuss the question What motivates students? The following three (13–15) pertain to the social context and emotional dimensions that affect learning and focus on the question: Why are social context, interpersonal relationships, and emotional well-being important to student learning? The next two principles (16–17) relate to how context can affect learning and address the question: How can the classroom best be managed? Finally, the last three principles (18–20) examine the question: How can teachers assess student progress?”








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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