The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #210 (November 19, 2017)

    • New York Times
    • 11/18/17

    “Independent bookstores have been steadily expanding for several years. Vinyl records have witnessed a decade-long boom in popularity (more than 200,000 newly pressed records are sold each week in the United States), while sales of instant-film cameras, paper notebooks, board games and Broadway tickets are all growing again… We do not face a simple choice of digital or analog. That is the false logic of the binary code that computers are programmed with, which ignores the complexity of life in the real world. Instead, we are faced with a decision of how to strike the right balance between the two.”

    • Inside Higher Ed
    • 11/14/17

    I had read many accounts of individual faculty members… but in mid-August, I discovered Starr Sackstein’s book Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, which gave me some cover in case students or administrators challenged this.”

    • YouTube
    • 10/29/17

    “I built these pieces as a way of introducing or reinforcing students’ ideas on motion and acceleration, inertia and kinetic energy, so let’s take a look at some of them… This piece I refer to as a Galileo Track… This piece was important because it was actually a piece that Galileo designed to help explain the idea of inertia.”





    • Pacific Standard
    • 11/15/17

    Two [studies] replicated previous research, finding that people who are open to aesthetic experiences ‘felt more inspired in their daily lives, and in turn performed better on creativity tasks.’

    • Brain Pickings
    • 11/09/17

    The common pattern in the natural cycle of creative evolution — we learn our own minds by finding out what we love; these models integrate into a sensibility; out of that sensibility arises the initial impulse for imitation, which, aided by the gradual acquisition of technical mastery, eventually ripens into original creation.”

    • Magenta
    • 11/09/17









    • Mother Jones
    • 11/03/17

    Cuban told me one of Summit’s key strengths is its skilled, well-trained teachers—teachers get eight weeks of paid time to improve their craft during the school year, in addition to one paid month during the summer—who use technology to achieve specific goals and their professional judgment to make decisions on how and why certain learning will take place.”

    • Equity Maps
    • 06/22/17
    • Teachthought
    • 05/10/17

    Here are a few ideas as a kind of quick overview, with general summaries for each. I’ve added “tags” for each domain so that we can begin to see how existing and emerging initiatives (e.g., personalized learning), trends (e.g., the flipped classroom), and buzz words (e.g., digital footprint) might fit into each.”




    • New York Times
    • 10/23/17

    Find someone you love and trust, and share the thing with them. Then, commit to getting something tangible done in the next week. At the end of the week, reconnect and have that person ask you if you did your thing. If you did, you get a high-five. But if you didn’t…?”



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.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson


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