What we’re Reading & Watching #1

The Friday wrap-ups are great – we get to share where we are at, what we’ve accomplished, and what’s coming up for the following week. However, there are tons of resources that end up at the bottom of the posts. We hope you’ll understand and appreciate our desire to share more resources with you guys though periodic resource posts, starting with the following:

Books we are currently reading:
The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz [TED talk]
Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
Making Thinking Visible, Ritchhart, Church and Morrison

Online posts and articles worth reading:
A NYT op-ed argues career training should happen earlier and more often and another describes the history of charter schools and alternative programs that have stemmed from them.  (8/2014)
Schools reconsider AP classes in favor of multi-subject courses
, because, as one principal argues (among other reasons), “One more transcript with three more AP courses looks like a thousand other transcripts.” (8/2012)
One of our biggest design principles involves space, and these examples are just another reason why. (8/2013)
The Genius Hour sounds like a cool idea spreading in education and it stems from Daniel Pink and Google 20-time. (8/2013)
A group of three girls in Washington are building a robot capable of rescuing divers and hidden treasure. They’re teenagers. PBL! (8/2014)
Another example of a deeper learning classroom, this time in Language Arts. TED Talks become a springboard for student research questions. Changing assessment goes hand in hand. (8/2014)

Videos worth watching:
There are three principles on which human life flourishes, and they are contradicted by the culture of education under which most teachers have to labor and most students have to endure.”

“But what all the high-performing systems in the world do is currently what is not evident, sadly, across the systems in America — I mean, as a whole. One is this: They individualize teaching and learning.They recognize that it’s students who are learning and the system has to engage them, their curiosity, their individuality, and their creativity. That’s how you get them to learn.”

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