Emotional Skills for Boys / Python’s Uses / Brain’s Background Noise

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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Emotional SKills
How Learning Emotional Skills Can Help Boys Become Men – “And what they started talking about was, ‘I ain’t gonna be no nerd, no geek, no teacher’s pet.’ Everything about ‘smart’ to them was negative. And I realized my job was to build a space that was smart and cool.” @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @ThinkWriteLearn

Python's Uses
What is Python Used For: a Comprehensive Guide Learn what is Python used for these days: find out why it’s the best programming language for AI, machine learning, and its other uses. @bitdegree_org @epuujee @Sirlupinwatson

Brain's Background Noise
The Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Be Meaningful After All. By digging out signals hidden within the brain’s electrical chatter, scientists are getting new insights into sleep, aging, and more. @lizlandau @WIRED

Robot Fruit PIcker

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

This flying AI robot can pick fruit – preventing waste in the process – Flying autonomous robots can work 24 hours a day, and only pick ripe fruit. @wef @bexxmodd


What is the Highest Point in Each State of the USA? This is an excellent US geography lesson and just a fun tour around the US. Some are really easy to get to while others require some serious climbing. @ChicagoGeoYT

Start a Podcast


How to Start a Podcast (and Keep It Going) – Podcasting it growing in popularity with students. Teachers should consider letting students podcast for grades. @FarhanaRahman @iamDrWilL @Entrepreneur

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Buddha quote@LifeWithJohn

25 Muppet Shows

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

25 Essential Episodes of The Muppet Show – Watch 25 short bits featuring the guest star of each show. @Groupof60 @vulture


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

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

Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World by Olga Khazan

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova

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)

The Knowledge GAP: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System and How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler

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

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