The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #306 (September 29, 2019)

    • KQED
    • 09/23/19

    “In the workshops students worked on math problems together, considering together what it would take to achieve at the highest levels on different problems. The academic improvement that resulted from the workshops was significant. Within two years, the failure rate of African American students had dropped to zero, and the African American and Latino students who attended the workshops were outperforming their white and Asian classmates.”

    • New York Times
    • 09/20/19

    “Men majoring in computer science or engineering roughly doubled their starting salaries by age 40, to an average of $124,458. Yet earnings growth is even faster in other majors, and some catch up completely. By age 40, the average salary of all male college graduates was $111,870, and social science and history majors earned $131,154 — an average that is lifted, in part, by high-paying jobs in management, business and law.”





    • EdWeek
    • 09/25/19

    “Rodriguez and her team include five distinct “awarenesses” in their framework: Awareness of the self as a teacher, awareness of the teaching process, awareness of the learner, awareness of interaction, and awareness of context. Each is a continuum, and teachers develop them at varying rates.”



    • YouTube/Guardian
    • 09/23/19

    “How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words… Entire ecosystems are collapsing, we are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?”





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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