Here’s your weekly dose of FIVER FRIDAY, a list of what I've found useful or informational this week concerning education.
YouTube video I'm watching--
The Bed of Procrustes. If you like this, then you'll love the book Antifragile.
Book I'm reading--
I'm a little over halfway through The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis. So far, Lewis has done an excellent job explaining the lives and relationship of Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. I read Kahneman's book Thinking Fast and Slow a few years ago, and The Undoing Project provided the genesis from which Kahneman's research was formed. Definitely worth your time.
Movie I'm watching--
I purchased Arrival on iTunes recently and really enjoyed it. I'm going to watch it again soon. It's one of those movies you have to view twice: once to watch it and then a second time to understand it. The messages Arrival teaches regarding communication and empathy are important--especially for those in the field of education.
Recent thoughts on learning math--
In How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math, Barbara Oakley writes: "This approach—which focused on fluency instead of simple understanding—put me at the top of the class." And then later Oakley writes: "Understanding doesn’t build fluency; instead, fluency builds understanding." I would love to have a discussion with someone comparing this article to Jo Boaler's Mathematical Mindsets.
Quote I'm pondering--
“'That was the moment I gave up on decision analysis,' said Danny. 'No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story.'"--excerpt said by Daniel Kahneman in The Undoing Project.
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