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Four Thought Friday

Four Thought Friday

Happy Friday! We made it. Here is your weekly digest including four of my most pondered thoughts, this week:
1. Something I'm reading --
Months ago, I turned on the Do Not Disturb feature of my phone and never looked back. It has had a dramatic effect on my ability to stay more present and achieve a deeper level of focus on my work. Could this be an effective tool in today's classrooms?
2. Something else I'm reading --
A New York Times article offering up simple tips and suggestions on how to introduce mindfulness as a way to break our dependence on smartphones. How might some of these tips resonate with our students?
Article: How to Break Up With Your Phone via The New York Times
3. A tool I'm using --
In the past, I've used emojis to jazz up emails, tweets, and documents. This week, I discovered a way to insert stylized text into any document, including a Google Form. This tool allowed me to use 𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐝 and 𝕗𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕪 fonts, even though Google has no native way to do so.
Tool: Cool Fancy Text Generator via HighStarApp
4. Something I'm listening to --
In the mini-episode, "Do Our Students REALLY Need Innovation & Creativity in School?" Don Wettrick briefly discusses the importance of innovation and creativity, in all grade levels. When Don describes "Seekers and Peekers," he articulates exactly what 21st-century skills are and why we need to cultivate these skills in ourselves and our students IMMEDIATELY.
Podcast: Episode Link via StartEdUp Podcast
With gratitude,


ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛʟʏ ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
ᴊᴜsᴛ ғɪɴɪsʜᴇᴅ: Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ʀᴇᴀᴅ-ɴᴇxᴛ ʟɪsᴛ: Ask More by Frank Sesno

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