The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #245 (July 22, 2018)

    • Chalkbeat
    • 07/16/18

    “Three studies released this year offer real evidence that good teaching can be passed down, in a sense, from mentor teacher to student teacher. In several cases, they find that the performance of the student teachers once they have their own full-time classrooms corresponds to the quality of the teacher they trained under.”

    • Pew Research
    • 06/18/18

    “Even though these characteristics relate in predictable ways to education, these relationships hold true even when accounting for level of education. Further, there is relatively modest overlap among the groups, meaning that each of these groups is distinct. For example, just 32% of those with high political awareness also have a lot of trust in national news organizations.”





    • Guardian
    • 07/14/18

    Telling people they’re racist, sexist and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere. It’s such a threatening message. One of the things we know from social psychology is when people feel threatened, they can’t change, they can’t listen.”


    • New Yorker
    • 07/23/18

    “I want to believe Morson and Schapiro and Desai when they posit that the gap between economics and the humanities can be bridged, but my experience in both writing fiction and studying economics leads me to think that they’re wrong. The hedgehog doesn’t want to learn from the fox. The realist novel is a solemn enemy of equations. The project of reducing behavior to laws and the project of attending to human beings in all their complexity and specifics are diametrically opposed.”


    • ASCD
    • 06/01/18

    “There are many alternative grading schemes designed to ensure that feedback and reflection is a collaboration between the teacher and student, and not another thing teachers must do on their own.”




    • NPR
    • 07/17/18

    “Teens who were high frequency users of seven or 14 digital media platforms were more than twice as likely to develop ADHD symptoms than teens who did not use any media platform at a high frequency rate.”





    • Brookings
    • 07/19/18

    “What do the researchers conclude? They find a precisely zero effect of the exam schools on college attendance, college selectivity, and college graduation… The authors note that it is still possible that the schools affect outcomes later in life, such as employment or wealth.”

    • District Administration
    • 07/16/18

    ““Not a single thing about the school day has changed,” Campbell says. “But we no longer have the little battles over taking off a hat or pulling kids out of class and calling parents because their shorts are too short,” he adds. “Students feel free to be themselves.””


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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