Authentic English Assignments / Punctuation Humor / IT Job Outlook

Free Resources for Busy Parents and Educators Who Don’t Have as Much Time to Read and Surf as I Do

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Authentic Assignments
How to Set Up Authentic Assignments in High School English – Assignments that align with standards and hone students’ critical thinking skills can boost their engagement in learning. @ShaneLearning @edutopia

Why Punctuation Is Important: Humor and Horror. This is a fun lesson that I would have liked when I was in English class. @VanyaWriter @1976write

IT Jobs
The Outlook for In-Demand IT Jobs – While much remains uncertain, we expect computer-related industries and occupations to see higher demand over the 2020–30 decade due to the increase in telework and hybrid work arrangements, expanded telehealth medical services and enhanced cybersecurity measures to protect information. @USDOL @joe4rialtousd

AI Hearing Aids

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

AI hearing aids optimize sound in real time. The hearing aid hardware wars have become a software battleground. @gcnichs @ZDNet @chidambara09 @ipfconline1


What Would We Eat on Mars? Sam the bat would love to visit Mars one day, but he’s going to need more than a few sandwiches if he’s going to stay for long. This is a good science lesson for upper elementary and middle school. @SciShowKids @SciShow @ComplexlyMedia @rmbyrne



How Drawing Invites Authentic Connection – In an invitation to slow down and look at the world around you, graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton illustrates how drawing can spark deeply human, authentic connections. Drawing can even help with trauma. @wendymac @TEDTalks

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Time and Life



Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

A Teenager On TikTok Disrupted Thousands Of Scientific Studies With A Single Video. Suddenly, scientists used to getting a wide mix of subjects for their Prolific studies saw their surveys flooded with responses from young women. @Verge @Prolific


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast


Noise: A Flaw In Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Sibony, & Cass Sunstein

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind by Judson Brewer

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson

Cup of Joe
Listine to Dr. Doug on the “Cup of Joe” podcast. I recorded it last week. On it, I talk about the many good things I have seen in schools doing hybrid teaching. @PodcastCupOfJoe @DrDougGreen @BrainAwakes

Grasp: The Science of Transforming How We Learn by Sanjay Sarma with Luke Yoquinto

The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Out Economy, and Our Health and How We Must Adapt by Sinan Aral @SINANARAL

Back to School COVID Myths – It’s popular to say that hybrid learning is negatively impacting poor students who generally attend schools with lots of discipline issues. Is it possible that some poor kids who make a serious effort to learn aren’t the big winners? There may be stresses at home, but not many bullies. @DrDougGreen @mssackstein

This is my podcast on the Jabbedu Network. Please consider listening and buying my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex. Here’s a free executive summary. @jabbedu @DrDougGreen

Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves (the book can be found here)

Upstream: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath

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