The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #141 (July 24, 2016)

    • New York Magazine
    • 07/22/16

    “[Exercise] makes people more resilient not only to physical stress, but also to emotional and cognitive stress. It is for these reasons that scientists have written that “exercise is associated with emotional resilience to acute stress in healthy adults” and that exercise has been called a keystone habit, or an activity that leads to positive changes in other areas of life.”

    • EdWeek
    • 07/20/16

    Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop and desktop computers, presenting states and districts with a new challenge as they move to widespread online assessments. Analyses by test providers and other organizations have pointed to evidence of small but significant device effects for tests administered in some grades and subjects and on certain types of assessment items.”

    • NAIS
    • 07/15/16

    Throughout the board’s extended discussions, several messages resonated. One trustee pointed out that we should not look at a tuition freeze as a cost, but rather as a forgone revenue opportunity, and that we should realize that raising tuition has a cost as well — a more restricted applicant pool.”

    • Psychology Today
    • 07/05/16

    It's neither intelligence nor technique that holds people back from being successful self-taught learners, says Bach. It's insecurity. Feelings of inadequacy stop curiosity, he says. In Bach's own field of competitive thinkers, he's learned that most people who have ambition have a terrible fear that although they're good, they're not good enough or smart enough. It's debilitating.”
















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Peter Nilsson


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