The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #219 (January 21, 2018)

    • Gallup
    • 01/15/18

    Our research has repeatedly shown a concrete link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees expend in their job. For example, women who strongly agree they have a best friend at work are more than twice as likely to be engaged (63%) compared with the women who say otherwise (29%). However, let's put the science aside for one moment and look more holistically at what's happening in the workforce.”

    • YouTube
    • 05/05/17

    I'm working on a quarter that is going to happen in 2020, not next quarter. Next quarter, for all practical purposes, is done already and it’s probably been done for a couple of years, and so if you start to think that way it changes how you spend your time, how you plan, where you put your energy, and your ability to look around corners improves.”




    • Pacific Standard
    • 01/15/18

    Three specific neural systems: the executive network, which is engaged in complex mental tasks such as problem solving; the default mode, which is activated when we're in a resting or ruminative state; and the salience network, which monitors incoming input, prioritizes it, and allows us to efficiently process it. Normally, it does so by suppressing either the executive or default mode, allowing the network that is best-equipped to deal with the information at hand to do so unimpeded. But this research finds that, in highly creative people… key parts of the problem-solving and internal rumination systems are simultaneously engaged, allowing the formation of creative connections.”












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Peter Nilsson


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