Sunday Edition: 7 Articles and a TED Talk

1. A Twitter Chat: How Technology Can Help Bridge the Skills Gap

From GigaOm: Educators and technologists debate how new and emerging technologies and models of education can prepare students for professional life in the 21st century.

2. Why Can Some Kids Handle the Pressue While Others Fall Apart

From NYTimes: By the authors of NurtureShock and one of the Times’s most emailed posts in the last week, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman investigate brain research on the effects of good and bad stress, and the role our genes (and a particular enzyme) play in how we handle competition and anxiety in daily life.

3. The Crucial Role of Recess in Schools

From the American Association of Pediatrics’s Council on School Health: Another study that emphasizes the importance of recess to healthy physical, intellectual, and social-emotional growth in children.

4. Small Kids, Big Words: Research-based strategies for building vocabulary from preK to Grade 3

From the Harvard Education Letter: Studies show the importance of using “big words” that promote conceptual understanding in the early childhood years.

5. Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has

From the Harvard Education Letter: New research shows a return to more play and social-emotional learning, rather than the increase in academic learning as evident in kindergarten and first grade classrooms across the nation.

6. “Grit” and the New Character Education

From the Harvard Education Letter: A continuing look at grit, persistence and how these performance traits, versus moral qualities, could help with student learning.

7. Management is (Still) Not Leadership

From the Harvard Business Review Blog: The difference between leading and managing, and the distinct significance of each in any institution.

8. TED Talk: Sarah Jane-Blakemore on the Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain


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