Creating Student Sensory Paths / Five Montessori Hacks / Drones Change Farming

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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Sensory Pahts
A Hop, Skip, and a Jump: Creating Your Own Sensory Path. The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing. @HoaPNguyen_ @edutopia

Montessoir Hacks
Five Montessori Hacks to Encourage Independence for Back-to-School – Here are a few Montessori-inspired hacks to empower your child to do things for themselves, boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem through their independence. @TheEverymom @DisneyDream717 @AndreaCoventry

Drones and Farming
How drones and data are changing India’s farms – Since its green revolution of the late 1960s, India has made great strides towards achieving food self-sufficiency by leveraging better technologies and agricultural methods. @SaritaNayyar1 @wef @chidambara09 @Sheraj99

iPhone 13

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get – Get those Apple Wallets ready. From the Mini to the Pro Max, Wired breaks down all your options. They recommend not upgrading if you already have a 12. @BStoly @WIRED

East Note Cards


Create, study, print and share interactive notecards (flashcards) for your textbooks. You could make your own, but this looks like it’s worth a try. @EasyNotecards



Here’s One Way to Improve Students’ Reading Scores: Get Them Eyeglasses. A new randomized clinical trial of a vision screening and eyeglasses program at the Baltimore City public schools finds providing rapid eye exams and glasses, in addition to standard vision screenings, uncovered significantly more vision problems and improved reading performance. @SarahDSparks @educationweek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Easy Tasks@LifeWithJohn

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Norm McDonald – Moth Joke – Norm just passed away from cancer. This brilliant comedian left us way too soon. If you haven’t seen this bit it’s worth about four minutes. There is a lot more on YouTube if you like it. @ConanOBrien


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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