The Educator's Notebook

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

Topic: other


    • Edutopia
    • 01/03/24
    “There was plenty of good news in the mix—and fascinating news, too. Neuroscientists continued to push the envelope on mapping the human brain, using cutting-edge technology to get a sneak peek at the “brain synchrony” between students and teachers as they learn about complex topics, and a comprehensive review of social and emotional learning confirmed, […]
    • New York Times
    • 01/03/24
    • Cult of Pedagogy
    • 01/03/24
    “So if we see all these pressing needs, and we’re not supposed to try to meet them ourselves, what is a healthier approach? Venet encourages teachers to put their energy into helping students find the resources they need, and when those resources are not available, addressing the systemic issues that create those scarcities.”
    • New Yorker
    • 01/03/24
    “When Daniel asks Nathan, an avid skateboarder [who is blind], whether people have tried to tell him not to pursue his hobby, Nathan responds, “Well, usually, if they say you shouldn’t be doing that, I say, ‘Screw you, I don’t care,’ because there’s no way to stop me.” There’s a palpable sense of purpose and […]
    • Brookings
    • 01/03/24
    “Encouragingly, the largest gains were notched among the students who were lowest performing prior to joining debate, suggesting the activity does not simply benefit those who are already excelling academically. More broadly, the study also found positive impacts of debate participation on graduation and college enrollment. The study did not find significant effects of debate […]
    • Psyche
    • 01/03/24
    “For their paper in Developmental Psychology, they asked children aged six to 15 how they found out Santa wasn’t real, and the emotions they experienced afterwards. Then they asked 383 adults to remember how they came to disbelieve in Santa.”


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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