“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung
A New Theory of Elite Performance ~ People who rise to greatness tend to have three things in common: 1) They both practice and rest deliberately over time; 2) Their practice is fueled by passion and intrinsic interest; and 3) They wrestle adversity into success. These three things together are the very essence of “grit.” via Greater Good Science Center, published August 26, 2013.
How to Think Like a Wise Person ~ Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and choices based on experience. It’s a virtue according to every great philosophical and religious tradition, from Aristotle to Confucius and Christianity to Judaism, Islam to Buddhism, and Taoism to Hinduism. According to the book From Smart to Wise, wisdom distinguishes great leaders from the rest of the pack. So what does it take to cultivate wisdom? Adam Grant reveals six insights about what differentiates wise people from the rest of us. via LinkedIn, published August 27, 2013.
5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious ~ 1. Revisit Old Questions; 2. Model & Promote Ambition; 3. Play; 4. The Right Collaboration At The Right Time; 5. Use Diverse & Unpredictable Content. via TeachThought, published August 23, 2013.
Looking to Genes for the Secret to Happiness ~ Different forms of happiness are associated with quite different gene-expression profiles ~ via New York Times, published August 21, 2013.
Playing with Professional Development (Literally) – Tinkering with & creating more liminal spaces for learning ~ via Creativity Post, published August 21, 2013.
10 Things We’ve Learned About Learning ~ Scientists have kept busy analyzing how and why people learn. Here are 10 examples of recent research into what works and what doesn’t. via Smithsonian Magazine, published August 20, 2013.
No Kids Allowed: How Our Street Design Is Killing Play ~ via Atlantic Cities, published August 8, 2013.
Why We’re Wrong About Social Change ~ An interview with Peter Buffett about “philanthropic colonialism” and why we need to envision a new world. via Medium, published August 20, 2013.
Is Bias Fixable? ~ “A world that has been conceived & framed is also a world that can be reconceived and reframed.” via Harvard Business Review, published August 28, 2013.
Not Too Hard, Not Too Easy: Finding Flow In Your Work ~ Experiencing flow at work is probably one of the best signs that you enjoy your job. Elevating your awareness of the skill/challenge ratio of your daily responsibilities allows you to begin taking control over how much flow you experience on a daily basis. Your job satisfaction is not the responsibility of others and it’s not something that happens if you’re “lucky enough” to have the right kind of job — it’s up to you. via 99u.
The Happy Show by Stefan Sagmeister ~ Currently touring several cities in the U.S., The Happy Show by graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, blurs the boundaries between art and graphic design with a great mix of installations, imaginative typographical displays, and interactive artworks. The large exhibition is punctuated with social data gathered from Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Steven Pinker, anthropologist Donald Symons, psychologist Jonathan Haidt, as well as several prominent historians. via Colossal, published August 20, 2013.
Calvin & Hobbes Creator’s Life Lessons Become Beautiful New Comic ~ This new comic by Zen Pencils artist Gavin Aung Than, is a rendition of an excerpt from Bill Watterson’s 1990 speech at Kenyon College. via Kotaku, published August 28, 2013.
This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a UI ~ Rethinking…* high-tech educational engagement: Virtual worlds and digital textbooks may be engrossing, flexible educational tools, but there are interfaces that youngsters can pick up without training–things like bricks and blocks and sand and sticks–that can be just as engaging. In some cases, given the right technological touch, bricks and sand can even be utterly revelatory–and that’s not something that should be overlooked. Touchscreens are better than mouses and cursors, sure, but surely dynamic, physical environments are better yet. via WIRED, published August 30, 2013.
Failure is Reframed as Iteration ~ Part of the Institute of Play’s ‘Quest Learning in Action’ video series where students and teachers bring game-like learning to life. via Institute of Play, published May 2013.
Watch: These Brilliant ‘Bots Turn Doodles Into Music ~ ‘Looks Like Music’ by Yuri Suzuki, “I feel nowadays entertainment is divided into ages,” says Suzuki. “I wanted to create an experience which can excite both kids and adults.” Indeed, the project adheres to the same basic equation that makes Disney World, one of Suzuki’s great inspirations, so universally loved. You come up with an imaginative concept, figure out the technology necessary to bring it to life, and then you make it all invisible. What’s left is pure play–an experience that seems perfectly inevitable. Of course these kooky cars turn colors into sound, what else would they do? via Wired Design, published August 27, 2013.
What If You Stopped Going Outside? ~ via ASAP Science, published August 28, 2013.
Online Learning And Teaching Platform For DIY How-Tos ~ New in the newly infinite category of online learning video platforms, Curious offers brief how tos for DIY projects. The videos tend to range from five to fifteen minutes, with clear learning chapters designated, as well as handouts. The site is also easy to navigate and has a ‘trending lessons’ section highlighting the most popular videos and offering inspiration on what to learn about next. via PSFK, published August 30, 2013.