Fostering Social Skills / Learner-Centered Education / Restarting Running

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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Social Skills
The Role of Reciprocal Behaviors in Creating a Strong Community – Give-and-take is key in developing interpersonal bonds, but it can be tough for students. These activities foster this important social skill. @edutopia @ValentinaESL

Why Learner-Centered Education is the Key to Meaningful School Improvement – Effective educators have long known that one-size-fits-all approaches to teaching and learning are insufficient. Through extraordinary effort, they have figured out ways to differentiate and personalize learning for their students. @katiemartinedu @dvodicka @Getting_Smart @AltitudeLearn

Restart Running
How to Return to Running After a Break – Look, just because you could run a five-miler every weekend last fall doesn’t mean you can bust one out today. @BethSkw @lifehacker @VitalsLH


Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Kahoot Now Displays Questions and Answers on the Same Screen – Finally! For years teachers and students have wanted to be able to see Kahoot questions and answer choices on the same screen. This week Kahoot finally made that possible. @GetKahoot @rmbyrne


Here Is An Eye-Popping Video Of The Earth Rising Over The Surface Of The Moon In 1080p. Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter captured this extraordinary footage of the Earth rising over the moon back in 2008. It’s only 1:14 and very cool. @JAXA_jp

Lead with Grace


Lead with Grace: Leaning into the Soft Skills of Leadership – Pressures and demands at work can sway who we are and how we do it into a personality that favors more likes than the authentic interactions that are needed to establish deep relationships with the students we are serving. @JessicaCabeen @markbarnes19

Inspirational/Funny Tweets


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Here’s What Would Happen If You Dumped Hydrochloric Acid On Your Car. This is a good practical chemistry lesson for middle school on up. @theactionlabman


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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