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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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Using Hexagons to Build Critical Thinking Skills – This simple, flexible activity gets students collaborating to make connections between key themes—in any unit you are teaching. @edutopia

Smart Goals
How to Write Smart Goals for Educational Technology – Educational technology may drive you in various fun and new ways—from widening your knowledge with new lectures to cognitively broadening your ideas. @PVPLive @NYSCATE

Gift Ideas
10+ fun & educational gift ideas for children – Not wanting to buy your kids toys that they end up getting tired of playing with!? Then this list of educational, yet fun gift ideas is just what you’re looking for. @themomtessorian @icsfblog


Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

As Facebook Changes Name to Meta, Company Wants to Pull Education Into Its ‘Metaverse.’ It has committed real dollars to the educational part of its effort, promising that its Facebook Reality Labs will invest $150 million in an education program. @jryoung @EdSurge

Safer Batteries


New Material Derived From Trees Could Pave Way for Better, Safer Batteries. A material derived from trees could potentially replace liquid electrolytes in next-generation batteries. @SciTechDaily1 @bimedotcom @BrownUniversity



Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset.’ Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton professor of psychology at Stanford University and the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Here is a link to my summary. @MindsetWorks @educationweek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Life is a book@gary_hensel

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile And Stuart Duncan: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert – The genre-bending cellist Yo-Yo Ma heads a dream team of string players — Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan who borrow from bluegrass. @YoYo_Ma @EdgarMeyerJr @christhile @odonovanaoife


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Suite Talk
180 Moving Forward past the Pandemic with Dr. Doug Green – On October 4, 2021, I was Kim Mattina’s guest on her weekly show. Please join us for a discussion on what we can gain from our pandemic experiences as educators.

The Future of Smart

The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen

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
Listen 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

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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