Arts + Letters
September 19, 2018
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…
September 11, 2018
What You Learn Reading 5 Million Books at Once
Something incredible happens when you read through machines. You can see things in texts you would be hard pressed to…
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 28, 2018
Face It: Emojis Could Be the Key To Learning
Human beings have gone from cave drawings to spoken language to written language to printed language to… emojis. Have we…
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…