Teaching World Languages / The Memory Maker Project / Transforming Sinking Cities

Free Resources for Busy Parents and Educators Who Don’t Have as Much Time to Read and Surf as I Do

The Twitter names next to each link belong to the authors, publications, and the people who bring them to my attention.

Language Learning
An Inductive Model for Teaching World Languages – Teachers can create lessons that engage students as active learners to improve their understanding of how languages work. @edutopia

Memory Maker
Consider a Donation to the Memory Maker Project. This organization uses art to help people with dementia reconnect with their memories. Not being able to visit nursing homes has been a bit hit on their funding. You can also check them out on Instagram.

Transforming Cities
How to Transform Sinking Cities into Landscapes the Fight Floods – Landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. asks what if we could design cities to help fight floods? In this inspiring talk, Voraakhom shows how she developed a massive park in Bangkok that can hold a million gallons of rainwater. In addition to cutting greenhouse gases, we also need to adapt. THis shows how it’s done. @kotch_voraakhom @TESTalks


Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

The 12 TikTok trends that defined 2021: From hilarious to terrifying – Some of these online pursuits proved inspiring. However, the lion’s share were so harebrained they made the infamous “Gorilla Glue” fiasco seem like a string theory symposium. @nypost


BALLS Size Comparison – This video starts with a ball point pen ball and compares it to just about every ball you have ever played with. @BenduOrder

Better Assessment


Student Self-Assessment Practices That Work – Understanding how we learn best is one of the keys to growth as human beings. This essential metacognitive skill is not innate and must be modeled and taught in school starting as early as possible. @mssackstein

Inspirational/Funny Tweets


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

WJM Performs “Titanium” at Pier 39 San Francisco – This was five years ago, but they are still together. Just search “WJM” on YouTube. They sound a bit like The Killers and also remind me of a young Rush. @WJMtheband


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Suite Talk
180 Moving Forward past the Pandemic with Dr. Doug Green – On October 4, 2021, I was Kim Mattina’s guest on her weekly show. Please join us for a discussion on what we can gain from our pandemic experiences as educators.

The Future of Smart

The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Noise: A Flaw In Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Sibony, & Cass Sunstein

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
Listen 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

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

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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