The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #197 (August 20, 2017)

    • LA Times
    • 08/12/17

    Mental health experts and parents discussed their experiences Saturday, and shared advice for talking to children about the violence in Charlottesville. Here are their tips:”

    • University of Pennsylvania
    • 07/13/16

    Talking about race in America can be scary. People don’t want to be seen as a racist or someone trying to start a conflict. But the less prepared we are to think about race and talk about race, the scarier those conversations are when they occur. And children need tools for how to feel and speak about these issues.”

ASSESSMENT

ATHLETICS

CREATIVITY

    • New York Times
    • 08/19/17

    The explanation may have to do with a tension between two kinds of thinking: what computer scientists call exploration and exploitation. When we face a new problem, we adults usually exploit the knowledge about the world we have acquired so far. We try to quickly find a pretty good solution that is close to the solutions we already have. On the other hand, exploration — trying something new — may lead us to a more unusual idea, a less obvious solution, a new piece of knowledge. But it may also mean that we waste time considering crazy possibilities that will never work, something both preschoolers and teenagers have been known to do.”

    • 99u
    • 06/07/17

CURRICULUM

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

HIGHER ED

HUMANITIES

    • United States Courts (.gov)
    • 08/19/17

    Freedom of speech includes the right: To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages… Freedom of speech does not include the right: To incite actions that would harm others.”

    • Quartz
    • 08/18/17

    They’re a loose collection of people from disparate backgrounds who would never normally interact: bored teenagers, gamers, men’s rights activists, conspiracy theorists and, yes, white nationalists and neo-Nazis. But thanks to the internet, they’re beginning to form a cohesive group identity. And I have the data to prove it… I used Google’s BigQuery tool, which lets you trawl through massive datasets in seconds, to interrogate a collection of every Reddit comment ever made—all 3 billion of them.”

    • Stanford
    • 08/18/17

LEADERSHIP

PD

PEDAGOGY

READING/WRITING

STEM

TECH

VISUAL DESIGN

Z-OTHER

Issues

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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