The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #264 (December 2, 2018)

    • History Tech
    • 11/30/18

    “How can we encourage and support conversations around controversial topics? How can we tie current events to broader topics and past events without . . . you know, setting stuff on fire and throwing desks?”

    • Quartz
    • 09/15/18

    “We have misfiled the significance of drawing because we see it as a professional skill instead of a personal capacity… This essential confusion has stunted our understanding of drawing and kept it from being seen as a tool for learning above all else… Drawing shouldn’t be about performance, but about process. It’s not just for the “artists,” or even the weekend hobbyists. Think of it as a way of observing the world and learning, something that can be done anytime, like taking notes, jotting down a thought, or sending a text.”



    • Fatherly
    • 11/26/18
    • Aeon
    • 11/15/18

    “The French sociologist Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) theorised that ‘collective effervescence’ – moments in which people come together in some form of unifying, excitement-inducing activity – is at the root of what holds groups together. More recently, Bronwyn Tarr, an evolutionary biologist and psychologist at the University of Oxford who is also a dancer, has researched the evolutionary and neurological underpinnings of our innate tendency to bust a move.”

    • Medium
    • 09/28/18

    “Goals. Are. Awesome… But your goal shouldn’t be the thing that’s pulling you forward… What’s pulling you forward should be your recognition that what you’re trying to attain is worth it. Motivation should be a side effect of that.”


    • Kappan
    • 11/26/18
    • British Psychological Society
    • 11/22/18

    “There are various components to the process of drawing a picture of a word or concept, each of which seem to cumulatively aid memory. Getting people to trace over an existing drawing (so getting them to make relevant arm and hand movements, but not allowing personal elaboration), or to create a drawing which they were then not allowed to see (so allowing the physical movements and personal elaboration, but depriving them of the visual memory of the end result) both improved memory – but not as much as when all of these stages were allowed.”

    • Austin Kleon
    • 06/01/17

    “It’s more like I'm having an experience than making a picture.”




    • Washington Post
    • 11/26/18

    After World War II, the Finns realized their human beings are their most valuable resource. Their budget reflects this belief. In spite of having three major political parties, all factions agree that human development is paramount, and the educational program has had consistent attention over decades.”




    • Kappan
    • 11/26/18
    • World Economic Forum
    • 10/17/18

    “The paper's authors studied 160,000 adults between 2011 and 2015 and found that just having 80 or more books in a home results in adults with significantly higher levels of literacy, numeracy, and information communication technology (ICT) skills… Children from such homes who ended up attaining just a high-school-level education become as literate, numerate and technologically apt in adulthood as university graduates who grew up with only a few books.”





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Peter Nilsson


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