3. 2010 book preview; oddly not one of them excites me except maybe the Per Petterson.
5. "Superstar teachers had four other tendencies in common: they avidly recruited students and their families into the process; they maintained focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning; they planned exhaustively and purposefully–for the next day or the year ahead–by working backward from the desired outcome; and they worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy, and budgetary shortfalls." More here.
7. Ezra Klein is on Colbert tonight, early part of the show. Today his WP blog is broken so he can't announce it.