Mastery Portfolio / New ABBA Music & Concert / PBL & Genius Hour Research

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Mastery Portfolio
Starr Sacstein becomes the Chief Operating Officer at Mastery Portfolio. Be sure to chekc out the product here. @mssackstein @MasteryForAll

New ABBA Music After 40 Years – A new album of ten songs is available for pre-order. A new venue is being built in London for a 22-song concert that will feature ABBA avatars (see above) and a live band. See a glimpse at the end of this video. @ABBAVoyage

The Research Behind PBL, Genius Hour, and Choice In The Classroom – Students did better on AP tests when engaging in project-based learning. APGOV students engaged in PBL in high-achieving schools “had a 30 percent higher pass rate on the APGOV exam than non-PBL students in comparable schools. @ajjuliani

AI & Trust

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence’s Biggest Stumbling Block: Trust. Management guru W. Edwards Deming famously said: “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” But how far can we trust the data? @joemckendrick @Forbes @bimedotcom @EvaSmartAI

10 majprs


College graduate starting salaries are at an all-time high—and these 10 majors earn the most – You can probably guess what many of these are, but your teenagers should read this. @AbigailJHess @CNBCMakeIt



The 53rd PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools – Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Americans continue to have high opinions of their local schools and teachers in particular. @pdkintl

Inspirational/Funny Tweets


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Raunchy ‘Simpsons’ prank pulled at school board meeting. This link also includes a link to 23 of Bart’s best prank calls. @nypost @TheSimpsons @Smokin_hopper


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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