The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #413 (April 21, 2023)

    • One Useful Thing
    • 05/20/23

    “This is really your intern. What it is worth using it for will be different for everyone, and the value will vary by task. Different people with different preferences may find very different uses. If you are a strong writer with a particular voice, you may never want to use AI for writing. If you are continually paralyzed when faced with a blank page, AI may be more useful. No one can provide clear guidance or a magical prompt; you are going to have to figure it out yourself. Your goal is to learn enough about your AI intern to fill out this chart:”

    • KQED
    • 05/15/23

    “An experimental psychologist by training, Logue designed an experiment. She compared remedial math classes to the alternative of letting ill-prepared students proceed straight to a college course accompanied by extra help. The early results of her randomized control trial were so extraordinary that her study influenced not only CUNY in 2016 but also California lawmakers in 2017 to start phasing out remedial education in their state.”



    • Character Lab
    • 05/14/23

    “How do parents and teachers encourage creativity? Because it sounds like anything we do might make kids feel like they’re being watched or evaluated. Lesson number one is to get out of the way. Back off and give kids free rein to explore something they’re interested in, as long as it’s safe. It’s important to encourage them to try an interest without the expectation that they have to excel in it.”





    • Harvard Business Review
    • 05/17/23

    “Each project will bring different benefits to different stakeholders. Change managers and project leaders should identify the main benefit expectations for each key stakeholder early in the transformation. Here is a simple approach to identifying the main benefits of your change projects:”

    • Inc.
    • 05/15/23
    • Vanity Fair
    • 05/05/23

    “We were still running from behind in 2012 when I asked Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, then a talented reporter and editor, to form an Innovation Committee. The committee’s first mandate was to develop a suite of new products that would generate quick, new revenue. But after a few months, Sulzberger, now publisher of the Times and chairman of the New York Times Company, asked me to change the committee’s focus. “We need to grow from the core,” he told me, meaning our future would hinge on building from our core strength, the news report. We would secure the Times’ future by growing digital subscriptions.”








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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