Your Gut & Mental Health / What Critical Thinking Looks Like / The 5E Model

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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Gut Mental Health
Five Brain and Mental Health Conditions Linked to Your Gut – It’s a relatively new scientific discovery that the bacteria living in your gut influence your overall health and according to a growing body of research, your mental health too. @dlhampton

Critical Thinking
Sixteen Characteristics Of A Critical Thinking Classroom – The premise here is straightforward: clarifying what critical thinking might ‘look like’ in the classroom. Put another way, what are some indicators that rational thought and careful, critical thinking is not just ‘visible,’ but a part of the culture of a classroom. @terryheickedu @lifeismaikai @TCEA @teachthought


The 5E Instructional Model – Why you should be using in your classroom
The 5E Model provides a strategy that engages students in more learning activities. @NGS_Education @AllAboutTHEPACT @TCEA

Lawyer AI

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Will Lawyers Be Made Obsolete by Artificial Intelligence? Less manual labored jobs seemed untouchable thanks to their complexity, that is, of course, until now, thanks to technologies like Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Virtual Reality. @hackernoon

AI Trends


Top 10 AI Innovation Trends for You to Experience in 2021 – AI is the hottest trend when it comes to technology and innovation that transforms the daily lives of people across the world. @analyticsinme @botosynthesis @Ronald_vanLoon



How To Date In Middle School – This is the story of a mom with a sixth grade daughter that most parents should be able to relate to. @WhisperAmber @themomtessorian

Inspirational/Funny Tweets


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Debbie Harry & Kermit The Frog – Rainbow Connection – This is a favorite of mine that I can play on the banjo. @BlondieOfficial @KermitTheFrog


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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