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T.G.I.F. Newsletter - Implicit Bias, Proof Points, and the Monkey Mind

A newsletter for teachers and lifelong learners. Topics for this week include implicit bias, proof points, and calming your Monkey Mind.
T.G.I.F. Newsletter - Implicit Bias, Proof Points, and the Monkey Mind
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Happy Friday!

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Hello Friends and T.G.I.F. 😁 Here are some things I thought were worth sharing this week.

The News

Here are some articles that grabbed my attention.

  • Everyone has unconscious biases about people that are connected to things like how they talk and what they look like. This is called “implicit bias”. It’s important to learn about microaggressions and implicit bias and how to counteract them. This can go a long way in building classroom culture and helping students to feel like they belong.
  • According to Proof Points: The paradox of “good teaching”, there is a difference between “good teaching” where kids are learning and “good teaching” which kids enjoy. This research indicates that teachers with good evaluations don’t raise test scores all that much. It turns out that the teachers who created a challenging classroom in which students needed to work harder produced better results. These teachers often had lower student evaluations even though the data suggest that their students learned more.
  • Try This - Explore how to use One-Pagers to summarize key concepts and as alternative assessments.
  • Project-based learning has many benefits. Check out 10 of them in the Tweet below.

Growth

Personal Development and Wellness Resources

  • The Monkey Mind is in control when you’re experiencing negativity, self-doubt, and anxious thoughts. When you’re tired it’s harder to control the Monkey Mind. Here are six ways to calm it down.
  • Rejection can have an upside. If you never get rejected you might be playing it too safe. Amazing things can happen when you step outside your comfort zone. You might just be one rejection away from an amazing success.
  • Sometimes it feels like you can get caught in an undercurrent of mild sadness and dissatisfaction that creeps into your days. Emotional and physical pain share some of the same spaces in your brain. Family and friends - those healthy relationships, can help protect you from emotional pain.

Inspiration

Here is a quote I’ve been revisiting this week:

"Freedom is anxiety's petri dish. If routine blunts anxiety, freedom incubates it. Freedom says, "Even if you don't want to make choices, you have to, and you can never be sure you have chosen correctly." Freedom says, "Even not to choose is to choose." Freedom says, "So long as you are aware of your freedom, you are going to experience the discomfort that freedom brings." Freedom says, "You're on your own. Deal with it." -Daniel B. Smith - Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety*

Favorite Things

  • 👂Feedback - I’d love to hear from you. If you received this newsletter in your email, there’s a link that invites you to “view online” at the top. Once you’re viewing online you can scroll to the bottom of the page and leave a comment. Say hello. Share a resource, a song, or a quote, or pass along some advice.
  • 📽 YouTube Video - "This Video Has 59,427,426 Views" by Tom Scott - I admit that this video stretched my understanding in the beginning, but I’m glad I stuck through it until the end. “The world can be better because of what you built in the past.”
  • 🎶 Music - David Bowie, Friday on My Mind - I heard this song for the first time while driving to school this week. He sure had a unique style and sound. A song about Friday seemed fitting for this newsletter.  
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