Learn New Things Fast / Humor Boot Camp / Mental Health Tips

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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Learn New Things
Try this simple 5-step approach when you want to learn new things fast. Don’t panic: it doesn’t mean abandoning Google. Once you gain the key learning coordinates, you can gain deeper knowledge than ever before. @eilonreshef

Put Humor To Work For You! Finally, a course with no studying or cramming necessary. Learn your humor style—nobody’s funny is the same—when you take our boot camp. And set yourself up to wield it as your superpower in work and in life. After all, humor is serious business. @nbagdonas @aaker

Mental health
Five Mental Health Steps – This all looks like good advice to me. @trentudurham @DurhamBlog

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Instagram Launches Live-Stream Shopping Events for the Holidays, Free Shipping on Purchases. Instagram’s leaning further into live-stream commerce with the launch of a new series of shopping-based broadcasts heading into the holidays, which will also incorporate exclusive product launches and influencer recommendations to help maximize interest. @adhutchinson @socialmedia2day

Mona Chalabi


What We Miss When We Focus on the Average – It’s tempting to focus on averages when we think about data, but the world is a lot messier than those numbers can make it out to be. @MonaChalabi @TEDTalks


The Great Thanksgiving Listen – The Great Thanksgiving Listen encourages young people—and people of all ages—to create an oral history of our times by recording an interview with an elder, mentor, friend, or someone they admire. @StoryCorps @rmbyrne

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

True Friends@jeffsheehan

Metal Wedding

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Top 70 Metal Wedding Songs for Your Reception – Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a wedding to play these songs. @Loveyouwedding @BlogginandLivin


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Suite Talk
180 Moving Forward past the Pandemic with Dr. Doug Green – On October 4, 2021, I was Kim Mattina’s guest on her weekly show. Please join us for a discussion on what we can gain from our pandemic experiences as educators.

The Future of Smart

The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen

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
Listen 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

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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