How We Punish Mistakes / Three-Headed Crisis / Your Kids on Mars

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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Ten Ways Traditional Classrooms Punish Mistakes In Learning – Schools were modeled in the Industrial Revolution to be efficient and reduce time spent on divergent thinking. After all, in a factory environment, divergent thinking might break down a process or the status quo. @TeachThought @miriclifford @ERobbPrincipa

three-headed crisis
Education Has a Three-Headed Crisis. Mental Health Is Only Part of It. Our Children are less mentally healthy, less empathetic, and less creative than they were at the beginning of the decade. @Volcoucou @EdSurge

Your Kids on Mars
Your kids might live on Mars. Here’s how they’ll survive. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we’ll make Mars our next home. @Petranek @TEDTalks

Elder Care

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

The future of elder care is here – and it’s artificial intelligence. Computers are increasingly guiding decisions about elder care – and tracking everything from toilet visits to whether someone has bathed. @ZoeCorbyn @guardian @pettet50 @Shi4Tech @jblefevre60


Why You Should Stop Using Times New Roman (Research Explains) – When it comes to fonts the only way to make it more readable is to make it bigger. @Brain_Craft @PaolaKassa

Teacher Videos


Like Police Officers, Educators Have Been Caught on Camera Behaving Badly. Teachers should be able to use their cameras to record undesirable student behavior as well. I did and it almost always put an end to any nonsense. @AlysonRKlein @educationweek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets


Ferry Surfing

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

New Jersey surfer catches wave in wake of ferry boat. A pro surfer caught a gnarly wave in the wake of a massive ferry boat and rode it for two full minutes — dazzling passengers, @inkonthepad @nypost


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Weapons of Mass Instruction

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

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

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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