Arts + Letters
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Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked
Language is socially constructed. The phrase O.K. originated in Boston in the 19th century as a way to say “all…
August 2, 2018
Mathematician + Magician = Mathemagician. And Your Day Just Got Better.
Put your math anxiety aside. Prepare to be amazed as Arthur Benjamin, a self-declared “mathemagician” out paces calculators as he…
July 31, 2018
Teaching is Trash. No, Really. It Is and That’s Wonderful. Watch this Guy!
Every teacher should start what they are doing right now and watch this Ted talk by Arvind Gupta. Gupta demonstrates how…
July 26, 2018
An MIT Icon Breaks Down Why Kids Need to Learn to Code
Watch Mitch Resnick of MIT’s Media Lab explain why coding is important for children to learn today, what it is…
July 24, 2018
What if We Talk about College and CREATIVE Readiness Instead?
In the name of rigor and accountability, reforms that overemphasize career readiness and elaborate schemas of skill sets might actually…
July 20, 2018
Teachers, Your Students Are Your Greatest Resources. Watch this Powerful Talk…by a Kid.
Too often, we position teachers in ways that divide them from their students. Teachers are the adults; students are the…
July 19, 2018
Let Joey Tribbiani Teach You a Little Something about Language and Learning
My family was away recently, which meant: Friends binge-watching! I’m neither proud nor ashamed, just uncharacteristically content. As I’ve shared…
July 18, 2018
Technology is Ruining the Performing Arts–and That’s a Good Thing. Here’s Why.
Teaching is a live performance art. We don’t discuss it that way enough, but it is precisely that. New teachers struggle…
July 16, 2018
What More Could Sally Ride’s School Have Done to Prepare Her to be an Astronaut?
Listen to this 1983 interview with astronaut Sally Ride by Gloria Steinem. What stands out to me most is both…
July 12, 2018
Yet Another Reason to Visit the New York Public Library: Authors’ Locks of Hair?
That’s not a typo. As shared in this recent New Yorker article, the famed library has lots of odd artifacts…
July 4, 2018
1776 the Musical Taught Me To Love History
I attribute my loves of history and music to a fifth grade viewing of 1776 that happened annually in my…
July 2, 2018
Colbert’s Warning About the Dangers of Texting
It is easy for parents and teachers to feel uncomfortable with the ubiquity of cell phones in children’s lives. In…
June 25, 2018
A How-To Video for Using Your Telephone–From 1927
Next time you get yourself down for not knowing how to use some new technology in your classroom or home,…
June 21, 2018
One Piece of Advice for Any Teacher, Anywhere
I work with lots of teachers and I am in lots of schools. It occurred to me not so long…
June 15, 2018
Harry Potter Teaches Us How Meaning is Socially Constructed
It’s a great clip to use for exploring how meaning is socially constructed. From Harry Potter and the Chamber of…
June 14, 2018
Is Texting the Future or Downfall of Writing in Schools?
Leave it to a linguist like Columbia University’s John McWhorter to challenge popular fears that texting marks the end of language…