Connecting to Nature / Robots Easing Labor Shortage / Inspiration From a Mom

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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Connecting to Nature
Connecting to Nature is Essential to Our Well-being. Our world appears painfully divided, and yet, when we ask educational visioning workshop participants around the world what is most important to them, a connection to nature consistently rises to the top. @Getting_Smart

American companies ordered a record 29,000 robots in the first 9 months of this year as they battled the labor shortage. The number of orders was 37% higher than for the same nine-month period in 2020. @kate__duffy @businessinsider @thisisinsider @steffanoferrari @labordeolivier @GlenGilmore

New Jersey high school QB has eight TDs one day after mom died. Get out the tissues before you watch this. It’s sad but inspirational. I wouldn’t be Dr. Doug without my wife’s inspiration. @sportsrapport @nypost


Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning. A new idea called the “information bottleneck” is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn. @nattyover @QuantaMagazine @BlkHwk0ps

After 40


Secret Tricks for Getting a Lean Body After 40 or at and age – Whether your main motivator is an attractive physique or simply healthier living in general, there’s no wrong reason to pursue improved fitness at any age. @EatThisNotThat



Five Ways to Rethink Curriculum in 2022 and Beyond – The pandemic has made everyone in education think about what we need to cut, keep, and create. @ajjuliani

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

THick Skin@Melanie_Collins


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

47 Fun Facts About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – On Thursday, November 25, Macy’s will send its 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade down the streets of Manhattan. I’ve been several times. It’s a great show. @erincmccarthy @Stacy_Writes @mental_floss


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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