Student Strength During Pandemic / Apps for Parent Communication / Microfiber Pollution

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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Pandemic Strength
K-12 students show strength, empathy during pandemic. A new Pearson report of students and parents in four countries underscores the resilience and compassion of young learners. @ChrisBurtedu @DA_magazine

Communication Apps
Apps and Tools To Support And Improve Teacher-Parent Communication – Apps and technology are secondary in terms of design, but once that curriculum–and those learning models–are in place to really benefit from close parent-teacher communication, then apps like the following can come in handy. @TeachThought

Micro Fibers
Your Clothes Spew Microfibers Before They’re Even Clothes. The clothing supply chain releases some 265 million pounds of microfibers that wash into the environment each year. @mrMattSimon @WIRED


Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Keeping a closer eye on seabirds with drones and artificial intelligence Technology revolutionizes monitoring the health and size of remote seabird colonies. @dioptrica @DukeMarineLab @MarineUAS @DukeU @EurekAlert


Our Brains Have 86 Billion Neurons, But What Exactly Are They? The tiny processing units in our brain do a lot of work. This is a good science lesson for upper elementary on up. @michaeljtabb @AGawrylewski @sciam

Hands On


Five Tips to Ensure Student Success on Long-Term Projects – Many debate the need to move to project-based learning, but fear that the lack of directed instruction would hinder student outcomes. @mssackstein

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Person of Value@lawrence_wray

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Woman Lives In A Car Full Time With Her Dog. This Is How She Does It. The backseat of her Prius is her kitchen, her closet, and her office. This is a fun video to watch. @nikkidelventhal


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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