The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #251 (September 2, 2018)

    • Guardian
    • 08/25/18

    “Many readers now use an F or Z pattern when reading in which they sample the first line and then word-spot through the rest of the text. When the reading brain skims like this, it reduces time allocated to deep reading processes. In other words, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings, to perceive beauty, and to create thoughts of the reader’s own.”

    • Alliance for Excellent Education
    • 08/01/18

    “The report recommends ways education practitioners and policymakers can support adolescent learning for all students, including historically underserved populations.”


    • New York Times
    • 08/27/18

    “Underrepresented students are less likely to take admissions tests more than once. Encouraging them to retake tests — as many of their high-income, white and Asian-American peers do — could close a substantial portion of the income and racial gap in enrollment at four-year colleges. That’s the conclusion of a working paper released on Monday”


    • Futurity
    • 08/31/18

    “The study also outlines new theory, called sensory curation theory, that posits people use media devices to construct temporary “environments within environments” to create a comfortable sensory space for themselves… “Children for the most part do not get to choose where they eat, sleep, play, or learn. These are some of the only tools they have to modify sensory input,” says lead author Kristen Harrison.”



    • Education Dive
    • 08/29/18
    • New York Times
    • 08/28/18

    “I used to be ashamed about what it took for me to get to school every morning. Now I realize it was an education of its own.”

    • New York Times
    • 08/24/18

    “The school has a faculty conscious of diversity and reflective about bias. But for all the good intentions, students of different races find themselves on different tracks, in different classes, with different outcomes… “America to Me” is full of moments like this, where you see how racial imbalances are perpetrated by people who don’t see themselves as perpetrating them. It just somehow happens, they believe. Technically. The film, however, is more empathetic than damning.”





    • New York Times
    • 09/01/18

    “The constant presence of adults is intended to keep children safe, but what are its likely effects? How might kids deprived of opportunities for free play, risk-taking and self-governance differ from previous generations when they leave the nest? We would expect two main areas of difficulty.”

    • NPR
    • 08/31/18
    • Cult of Pedagogy
    • 08/26/18

    “When they arrive in class, students get into small groups, where they have 15 minutes to share thoughts, lingering questions, and epiphanies (TQEs) they have about the reading… By the time the 15 minutes is up, each group needs to choose their top 2 TQEs from the group and write them on the board… Thompson then moderates a whole-class discussion of the reading, using the TQEs that have been written on the board. This takes about 40 minutes of class time.”

    • New York Times
    • 08/25/18

    “It wasn't that they didn't care about teaching. It was that they knew too much about their subject, and had mastered it too long ago, to relate to my ignorance about it.”







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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