The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #186 (June 4, 2017)

    • New York Times
    • 06/02/17

    Participants say the ceremonies are a way of celebrating their shared experience as a group, and not a rejection of official college graduations, which they also attend. Depending on one’s point of view, the ceremonies may also be reinforcing an image of the 21st-century campus as an incubator for identity politics.”

    • Nautilus
    • 05/25/17

    His theory may explain the ineffable mind-states that poetry creates in us: poetic experience as the interaction of barely perceptible mental processes whose delicate, scintillating play is usually washed out by the spotlight of conscious attention.”





    • New York Times
    • 05/30/17

    The school reform movement has pushed to bring more formal math and phonics concepts into the preschool curriculum. At the same time, education experts I trust say academics and play don’t exist on opposite ends of a spectrum. Rather, in an effective classroom, they are intermixed.”



    • King's Academy
    • 05/28/17

    It is impossible to plan for the unknown, but two orientations are essential for schools of the future. First, schools must be agile, flexible, open to change, fully awake to new and innovative approaches to learning, willing to experiment and courageous enough to discard tired and dated practices. At the same time, they need to move into the future dedicated to their mission and values and confident in who they are. Here is a four-pointed educational compass that I believe can guide us as we move into the future.”







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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