Taking Good Selfies / Black Spelling Champ / Black History Every Month

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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Taking Selfies
What’s The Secret To Taking Good Selfies? Well, the answer is something you probably wouldn’t expect. No, it’s not getting a new smartphone. No, it’s not running out and buying a super fancy pro camera. No, it’s not buying new outfits. The simple answer to taking good selfies is… light. @JonathanTilley5


African American Spelling Bee Champ Makes History With Flair. Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots. @Basketballasart @Educationweek

Black History
Teaching Black History Year-Round Requires Rigorous Sight – One month a year never made sense to me and it was the coldest, shortest month. The same is true for woman’s history. @UrbanEdDJ @edutopia

AI Songwriter

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Does Your Video Need a Better Soundtrack? Ask an AI to Write One. A new music creation plug-in uses machine intelligence to compose songs on the fly that match the visual tone and rhythm of creators’ videos. @pwhall @wired

Learning

How To Choose a Bicycle Route Across the USA! You also want to check out Trail Link to find trails near you. Also, check out RailsToTrails.org for more information. @duzer @TrailLink @railstotrails

Music

Leadership/Parenting

How Music Helps Resolve Our Deepest Inner Conflicts – Music can help us reconcile our conflicted emotions when making choices and can assist in overcoming cognitive dissonance. @NeuroscienceNew @aDolphinCries @dlhampton

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Good as LoveGo here to start a conversation. @Gapingvoid

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys (Cover) – Foxes and Fossils – You may find the lyrics silly, but the melody and the harmony is first-rate. This is an excellent cover from a group I found playing with YouTube. @foxesandfossils

Jooble

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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