I attended a terrific workshop on emerging approaches to connecting executive functions to educational goals with young children. My notes are above.
While looking into studies on the intersection of experiences, exposure, and beliefs I stumbled upon this interesting article that looks at the neurology of beliefs. Here is a wordy quote that, when broken down, gives an interesting perspective on this intersection:
"Perceived information is what motivates the generating of actions (Figure 1). Note that believing is inherent in this transforma- tion such that knowledge acquired in the past and represented in probabilistic representations is linked to the future by proba- bilistic predictions. Generating actions involves intentions to act, action selection, inhibition of unwanted acts, and predicting reward and costs of acts (Nachev et al., 2008; Passingham et al., 2010). In general terms, this refers to deciding what to do next. The neuroscientific basis for decision making has been shown to be related to reward valuation (Grabenhorst & Rolls, 2011) and unconscious or intuitive selection that evolves within far less than 400 ms (Chen et al., 2010; Kahnt et al., 2010; Schultze-Kraft et al., 2016). The processes that regulate the performance of actions are replete with probabilistic reward and cost predictions determined by the personal meanings attributed to the mental representations of the signals from the outside world (Friston et al., 2014). The action-perception-valuation triad has been postulated to account, in context of a hierarchical dimension, for computations of physical, social, and cultural matters (Sugiura et al., 2015)."
Global Online Academy has been producing a series of "Rethinking" pop-up educator courses on topics such as assessment, content, roles, and more.
I thought this was an interesting article.
For another side project I looked into some self-publishing tools for creating a children's picture book. I have landed on Blurb x Book Wright for now. I created a book (for free) and have ordered a proof (for $20) which will help me better understand what I need to correct and optimize.
I was fortunate to be a guest at a TED event at their NYC HQ over the weekend. I can't wait for these talks to be available online.
I was asked a question about creating individualized checklists but then aggregating data from those checklists into a single data repository that can be viewed by a few people. I believe that the IMPORTRANGE function can be used to accomplish this, though some front-loaded setup work would be required to make it happen.
Google Forms (now?) allows you to receive a notification when a form is submitted, though it does not send a report of the form. Just an email that it has been completed with a link to view the submission. I thought by now they would have improved the reporting options. Next step will be for me to find a way to not only send a summary of a response each time a form is completed, but to also send it to certain recipients AND to ignore empty field.
"Harley tore down the existing plant and built a new one. Unlike most factories I’ve seen lately, the new plant in York has people everywhere. There are no robots on the main assembly line (they have various peripheral jobs); instead, hundreds of workers, operating in teams of five or six, manually build each motorcycle. This seemed like an expensive way of doing business, but Magee said that experienced, skilled workers, unlike robots, can constantly adjust to new information."
The New Kid is a terrific graphic novel about middle school and modern culture. The writing and format of the book make for an engaging, compelling story that could not have easily been shared another way. The middle school students at my school will have the opportunity to read the book and meet the author soon.