What can you do tonight to have a better work day tomorrow? Research says: Any activity that promotes mastery. People who spent their evenings playing sports, learning a new language, or volunteering showed up the next day happier & more motivated.
Your morning dose of sagacity from @colsonwhitehead : "I like hanging around the house with my family. I was never much of a schmoozer, or felt like I had to be seen at this party. My advice to writers is, stay at home and work. Don’t go out."
Ever wonder whether an algorithm could arrange 11 years of bestselling book covers by visual similarity, creating a pointillistic portrait of 5,000 books? Well, wonder no more. The folks @puddingviz have you covered:
Theory: Giving kids awards for coming to school will boost attendance. Reality: In a study of 15,000 middle & high schoolers, -- promising kids awards had no effect on attendance; -- among those who received awards, *absenteeism* increased.
As a new school year begins . . . -- Half of US school teachers are seriously considering quitting -- More than half say they're unfairly paid. -- Half say they're not respected by their communities. Presidential candidates, are you listening?
Is it better to solve problems in isolation or by collaborating with others? Harvard research says . . . neither. The best solutions come from "intermittent collaboration" -- group work punctuated by breaks to think & work by ourselves.
This school replaced detention with meditation. The results? Suspensions plummeted, attendance climbed.
One of the best predictors of academic success in young children: Curiosity. It's as important as self-control, and especially valuable for lower-income kids. Classrooms should spark curiosity rather than demand compliance.
Research: "Homework in elementary school does not contribute to academic achievement," but daily reading does.
1. When elementary teachers specialize in a subject (ex: math) & students switch teachers for each class, students learn *less*. 2. Students with the same teacher 2 years in a row learn more. Bottom line: Kids do better when teachers know them well.