The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #325 (February 23, 2020)

    • Cult of Pedagogy
    • 02/16/20

    “So what does it look like to put these non-negotiables into practice and plan a project? I will walk you through the process I have come to embrace and share with teachers who cross my path, either through our time together in the trenches during project coaching, or when they pick up my book, Keep it Real with PBL”

    • Social And Personality Psychology Compass
    • 01/01/13

    “The purpose of the present review is to (i) summarize self-affirmation theory; (ii) review major new discoveries in affirmation research with an emphasis on how affirmations affect defensiveness, stress, and academic performance under identity threat; and (iii) present a general theoretical account of how these effects occur.”


    • New York Times
    • 02/18/20
    • NPR
    • 02/17/20

    “Juul is almost old school … It's no longer the teen favorite, says Meredith Berkman, co-founder of the advocacy group PAVE, Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes. Among the disposables [that] are most popular, there's Puff Bar, there's Stig, there's Viigo, Berkman says. They're designed for one-time use. Then, they're tossed, she explains. These have just flooded the market, Berkman says.”




    • Slate
    • 02/14/20

    “Whenever I got into a new band or played a new game or watched a new movie, I still looked it up on TV Tropes. I had to understand it—and seeing the same tropes appearing over and over again made me realize that I was holding myself to an impossible standard. Nothing is original. Every great work of art—every film, movie, game, book, character, painting, or song—is just a mash of ideas. Someone else has already thought those thoughts.”










    • Wired
    • 02/21/20

    “There are different machines, and it is the role of a human and understand exactly what this machine will need to do its best. At the end of the day it's about combination… With AlphaZero and future machines, I describe the human role as being shepherds. You just have to nudge the flock of intelligent algorithms. Just basically push them in one direction or another, and they will do the rest of the job. You put the right machine in the right space to do the right task.”

    • New York Times
    • 02/20/20

    “It’s a… world in which students subscribe to rather than enroll in college, learn languages in virtual reality foreign streetscapes with avatars for conversation partners, have their questions answered day or night by A.I. teaching assistants and control their own digital transcripts that record every life achievement.”




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.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson


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