If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?-Percy Bysshe Shelley
There are only a few days left before Winter Break for most schools here in the US, and the holiday feelings are already very strong. I’m wrapping up a couple of projects (and another semester of doctoral work) before settling in for a long winter’s nap.
At least, I hope I’m able to get a few naps in 😉
Anyway, here are 10 things I think you might enjoy…
10 Things Worth Sharing
- A new study discusses whether or not reading print materials is more beneficial for comprehension than reading digital materials.
- Here’s a list of self-care habits for kids that we should all probably use at home and at work
- As crappy as this sounds, many teachers would rather come to work sick than prepare sub plans. They’re a drag, for sure. However, we can make the job a little easier. Try using AI to create sub plans in 15 minutes.
- From the Department of Cool Maps – here’s the world map that introduced scientific mapmaking to the medieval Islamic world around 1154 AD (with a decent measure of the earth’s circumference because they already knew in 1154 that the earth was round…)
- As we continue to discuss AI usage in schools, here are some reflections shared by teachers actively involved in AI experiments in the classroom.
- Guiding students through inquiry-based learning
- Something I need to work on is saying “no” to things. Like you, I’m a pretty busy person. Every time I say “yes” to something, I must say “no” to something else. Sometimes what I say no to is far more important and dear to me than the yes. Ryan Holiday gives us a reminder from Harry Truman to say NO.
- I’ve always felt there was a certain danger to keep mementos of any past glories around you. I always think about the men in “Friday Night Lights” who just can’t seem to move beyond that state football championship they won all those years before and haven’t really accomplished much since. Those relics might be mocking you (the term is the “Ozymandias problem”). Maybe it’s time we consider moving on, letting the past crumble, and toss out some of those old trophies.
- Gem Prep Learning Societies, a rural Idaho microschooling experiment, offers an alternative to traditional schools and homeschooling. Students learn online and in small, in-person groups for six hours daily, guided by educators. The program combines traditional schooling with online learning. Gem Prep Online’s curriculum is used for both modalities, and students progress with earned autonomy. The program’s first year provided valuable lessons for future expansion.
- For those of you who celebrate Christmas and need a playlist for your parties, look no further than Matthew Perpetua’s “At the Holiday Party”
That’s all, folks. Thanks again for hanging out with me on another Friday. I hope you continue to find value in this weekly newsletter.
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