A few cool links (some worth pasting into your weekly teacher notes)

Some more links to share…

This study suggests that kids need to feel guilt without shame when they do wrong.  This could be a great resource for talking to teachers (and parents) about the language we use when disciplining our students.   http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/science/25tier.html?_r=1&hpw

“Dialectical bootstrapping” might sound like the kind of academic jargon that makes most of us roll our eyes and thank our lucky stars that we  escaped the ivory tower.  However the article provides a very down to earth and practical way to improve decision-making.   http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=you-know-more-than-you-think

If teachers are going Powerpoint crazy this might be a good read; the article details how the “cult of the Powerpoint” has had a powerful negative impact on the level of thinking in the armed forces.  http://www.afji.com/2009/07/4061641

The quality of your school lunches would probably determine whether this slideshow makes your kids jealous or grateful.  In fact it would be very entertaining to create a slide-show of KIPP school lunches.  http://izismile.com/2009/06/02/school_meals_from_around_the_world_30_pics.html

When you encounter problems in the schools and grade level (weak scores, poor homework quality, sixth grade gossip) do you respond with a host of interventions or test the impact of a single change?  This post (from the blog that makes me wish I had paid attention in Econ 134) wrestles with how organizations should answer this question.  http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/zach-the-cat-as-an-example-of-why-businesses-should-experiment-more/#more-13559


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