Meaningful & Useful Grades / Most Innovative Countries / Teachers Get Vaccines

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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How to Make Sure Grades Are Meaningful and Useful to Students – Giving grades that truly reflect student learning is one of the perennial problems in teaching, and these shifts in thinking about how to gather and report grades can help. @Mr_Rablin @edutopia @Rdene915 @cultofpedagogy

Innovative Countries
These are the world’s most innovative economies. There is a 40-second video that lists the top ten. See if you can guess which countries make the list. @bar_zie @wef

Teachers Are Already Getting COVID-19 Vaccines. In New York they are behind prisoners and people in drug rehab facilities. Where are they in your community/state? @madeline_will @educationweek

Internet by minute 2020

Social/Mobile Media Education

Here’s What Happens Every Minute on the Internet in 2020. This powerful visual from Domo helps capture what happens each minute in today’s hyper-connected internet era, and it’s actually the eighth edition produced since the year 2012. @Domotalk @VisualCap


Watching How Titleist Makes Golf Balls Is Oddly Satisfying. I love watching how things are made. In a sense, this factory is one big specialized robot. @GolfTown @Titleist


Three Cheers To Welcome The New Year And Usher In A Fresh New Focus On Social Emotional Learning (SEL). If you are looking for an inspirational mantra for 2021 to guide as an overarching vision for your school, consider adopting this one – SEL for ALL. @TheSocialExpres @jwhitby1

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Forgive Yourself@IMQuotes_Videos

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Sha Na Na – The Three Bells – I’m showing my age here, but I love this song. Sha Na Na does it well and adds some humor. The Isaacs may do it better without the humor. Edith Piaf did it as well. @IsaacsMusic

My Podcast & Recent Book Summaries

No Bullies
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

Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

IEP & Section 504 Team Meetings…and the Law by Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

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

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

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