Happy Brain Chemicals / Learning Style Myths / How to Fight Depression

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Happy Brain Chemicals
How To Easily Boost Each Happy Chemicals In Your Brain – Everyone rides the neurochemical roller coaster as they go about their days – just doing the things they normally do — ranging from happy to sad and everything in between. However, we all tend to have a happiness baseline that we hover around and come back to. @dlhampton @lawrence_wray

Learning Style Myths
Catering to Learning Styles Isn’t Just Ineffective: It Can Harm Learning. The learning styles meshing hypothesis explains that individuals have preferred learning styles (e.g. auditory, visual, etc.) and that instruction that matches that preference will improve learning. This theory has no empirical evidence to support it and it’s a bit dangerous. @AceThatTest @DrSilverFox

Depression Tips
Lessons from Depression – If you or someone you know suffers from depression, here are 13 excellent tips and the author saves the best one for last. @Kimberlynwriter @lawrence_wray

Podcast Power

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

The Power of Podcasts for Learning: Listening, Creating, Sharing, and Growth – Podcasts are a powerful tool for learning! In this episode, Kasey talks about all sides of podcasting–what it is, how to listen, how to use them in the classroom, and how to create. @ShakeUpLearning



The riddle of experience vs. memory: Daniel Kahneman | 6.6M views This TED Talk is well worth the 19 minutes. Read my summaries of his books Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement and Thinking Fast and Slow How Your Brain Thinks. @kahneman_daniel @TDTalks



Carol Dweck on Nurturing Students’ Growth Mindsets Through Protest and Pandemic – A growth mindset—the belief that intelligence can be developed, which in turn boosts academic achievement—has revolutionized teaching for many educators. @AriannaProthero @CarolDweckDSU @EducationWeek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Kindness Mark Twain@theeiguy

Alex Trebek

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

20 of the Hardest ‘Jeopardy!’ Questions of All Time – “Triple stumpers” are known for giving all three contestants a run for their money. Test your mettle on these famously challenging questions. This was fun. I got about half of the right. Good luck. @adriennemwest @esquire


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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