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Money Habits
What your money habits reveal about you This is an excellent TED Talk that can help you with how tracking your expenses can improve your life. @Robert_A_Belle @TEDTalks

H Learning
What is Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning? This variation of reinforcement learning is great to solve complex problems by decomposing them into small tasks. @jrdothoughts @bexxmodd @arXiv__ml

Scenic Routes
The 20 Best Scenic Drives in America – If you are looking for a road trip in the lower 48 this summer, here are 20 winners. Two are in Upstate New York where I live. @InsideHook

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Using artificial intelligence to overcome mental health stigma – Researchers from the University of Tsukuba find that artificial intelligence can predict depression. @EurekAlert @UofTsukuba @chidambara09 @TrendingNews_7

Jen Gunter


Can You Boost Your Imune System? This TED Talk by Dr. Jen Gunter is a good science lesson for middle school on up. @DrJenGunter @TEDTalks


Video: Six Tips For Going Gradeless – This only lasts 1:35, but it should get to thinking about making grades less important. @mssackstein @Cat_McGrath_NYC @MikeMirandi

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Love and Trust@FSonnenberg

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Watch Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dogs Dance In Sync To BTS, And It’s A Bop. Boston Dynamics’ Spot robots strut their stuff in this tribute to the South Korean pop group. It’s short and very cool. @BostonDynamics @Hyundai


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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