Topics for this week include teaching skills that can't be replicated by AI, embracing intelligent failures and music in education.

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TGIF Teacher Newsletter #86

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It's Thursday night and I'm fading fast in my favorite red Lazy-Boy chair with energy levels depleted. It was a good week and I'm a good kind of tired.

I wish you a weekend of rest and relaxation with just the right amount of fun sprinkled in.

In today’s newsletter…

  • Teachers are irreplaceable in education due to their critical thinking, relationship-building, and motivational abilities.
  • Encouraging intelligent failures helps foster resilience and a growth mindset in students.
  • Music education in schools has numerous benefits, including improving emotional well-being, fostering social connections, and enhancing academic skills.

The News

Here are some articles that grabbed my attention.

  • Irreplaceable - Teachers have a crucial role in education that artificial intelligence (AI) cannot replicate. While AI tools can be helpful for tasks like lesson planning and grading, teachers excel in critical thinking, building relationships with students, and providing motivation. Teachers play a crucial role in education by creating a positive learning environment, providing high-quality feedback, and attending to students' basic needs. They are irreplaceable in their ability to foster curiosity and promote collaboration skills among students.
  • Intelligent Failures - Teachers understand the value of failure in a student's learning journey. Encouraging intelligent failures, where students pursue new goals without serious safety risks, helps them develop resilience and a willingness to take risks. By creating a psychologically safe environment that embraces setbacks and successes, teachers can foster a growth mindset.
  • Second Time Around - Most students could use some tips on how to take effective notes and develop study skills. Here's an innovative strategy called the "test average method." It involves allowing students to take a test twice—once from memory and once with their notes. This encourages good studying and note-taking while improving reading habits. Initial results show impressive improvement in students' note-taking and studying
  • Prosocial Music - It’s been my experience that music is a great addition to most moments in my life. Music education in schools often gets sidelined due to academic pressures, but research highlights numerous benefits that schools may be missing out on by neglecting music. These benefits include improving emotional well-being, fostering social connections and empathy, and enhancing academic skills and performance. Teachers can leverage the power of music to create a well-rounded education that supports students' overall development and success.
  • Podcast - This one is a little awkward and fun at the same time. I participated in my first podcast interview. Here it is, awkward moments and all.


Personal Development and Wellness Resources

  • Back to Sleep - Waking up at 3 a.m. can be a nightmare, but it's actually a normal part of our sleep patterns. To help you get back to sleep, experts recommend not checking the clock, using your phone, or giving up and getting up.
  • Make or Break - Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development outlines eight stages that individuals experience throughout their lives. From infancy to old age, each stage presents its own challenges and opportunities for growth, shaping our identity and leaving a lasting impact on the world. Navigating these stages requires managing past experiences and is crucial for personal and professional growth. Understanding this theory can provide valuable insights into our own development and help us navigate life's challenges and opportunities more effectively. I’m currently working my way through the Generativity vs. Stagnation stage.
  • Happier Habits - A new study found that maintaining at least five out of seven healthy habits can cut the risk of depression by 57%. These habits include getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol consumption, not smoking, reducing sedentary time, and cultivating social connections through hobbies. Take care of your mental health by incorporating these habits into your daily life. Which of these 5 are the most appealing to you?
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"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Favorite Things

  • Showerthought - "Dogs must wonder what's so great about pizza, as they only get to eat the crust." [source]
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