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    12 Things Students Remember Most About Good Teac...

    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    In 2013, Canadian educator Lori Gard wrote a popular piece for Huffpost Living which highlighted caring as the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her students. Two years later, I want to bring the conversation alive again by adding something more than personal experience: scientific research….

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    Why Your Students (And You) Need Daytime Naps: H...

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    If you hold onto one useful fact today, let it be this: The brain doesn’t need to be conscious to be productive. In fact, it’s often at its most productive when we’re asleep. Cognitive scientists are beginning to understand how beneficial sleep–especially napping–can be for students, and it’s time for…

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    The Secret to Successfully Implementing Edtech? ...

    Sunday, June 21, 2015

    The U.S. now spends more than $3 billion per year on digital content for public education, but a recent post on Education Week highlighted a “mountain of evidence” indicating that teachers have been “painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive influx of new technology.” Other studies…

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    Here’s What Scientists Aren’t Tellin...

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    It’s rare for educators to be kept in the scientific loop, and rarer still to encounter research that might actually compel us to change our teaching habits. But these ten findings are the real deal– the gamechanging brain science we like to hear and the practical guidelines we can follow…

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    10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning: Th...

    Saturday, May 23, 2015

    Problem-based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the field of education in the 1960s by medical education specialist Howard Barrows, who argued that the teaching of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada should be organized in a way that emulated the reasoning of a skilled practitioner. Monash University was…

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  • resistance

    You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here’s How.

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Oprah Winfey was fired as an evening news reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV because she couldn’t separate her emotions from her stories….

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  • Doodling is the brooding of the mind

    5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity

    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Do you still think doodling is a waste of time? Does it mean someone isn’t paying attention? Well, it’s time to change your mind. Doodling and drawing can actually help you process, retain, and share information. Doodling and Memory According to a 2009 study by professor of Psychology, Jackie Andrade,…

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    10 Habits of the World’s Greatest Learners

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    You could argue all day about which people, alive today or long gone, qualify as the world’s “greatest learners.” But one thing is for sure: you can’t ignore the wisdom of the self-taught. History is filled with people called autodidacts, or individuals who teach themselves about a subject or subjects…

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    5 Reasons We Can’t Ignore Social-Emotional...

    Saturday, May 9, 2015

    Fewer than one third of students believe they are part of a caring, encouraging learning environment, according to a new study. And only half of students report having competencies such as empathy, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills. So what can we do to repair this deficit? The general consensus among…

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    20 Steps Towards More Self-Directed Learning

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Tiffany Mikell had little choice but to become a self-directed learner. As a poor student with few opportunities handed to her, she figured out at an early age that the things she learned from her teachers wouldn’t be enough to help change her situation–and…

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12 Things Students Remember Most About Good Teachers

In 2013, Canadian educator Lori Gard wrote a popular piece for Huffpost Living which highlighted caring as the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her students. Two years later, I want to bring the conversation alive again by adding something more than personal experience: scientific research….

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Jun
27

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Why Your Students (And You) Need Daytime Naps: How Napping Can Dramatically Improve Learning & Memory

If you hold onto one useful fact today, let it be this: The brain doesn’t need to be conscious to be productive. In fact, it’s often at its most productive when we’re asleep. Cognitive scientists are beginning to understand how beneficial sleep–especially napping–can be for students, and it’s time for…

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Jun
21

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The Secret to Successfully Implementing Edtech? Put Old Tech First

The U.S. now spends more than $3 billion per year on digital content for public education, but a recent post on Education Week highlighted a “mountain of evidence” indicating that teachers have been “painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive influx of new technology.” Other studies…

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Jun
20

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Here’s What Scientists Aren’t Telling Us About Learning

It’s rare for educators to be kept in the scientific loop, and rarer still to encounter research that might actually compel us to change our teaching habits. But these ten findings are the real deal– the gamechanging brain science we like to hear and the practical guidelines we can follow…

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May
23

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10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning: The Ultimate Instructional Solution

Problem-based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the field of education in the 1960s by medical education specialist Howard Barrows, who argued that the teaching of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada should be organized in a way that emulated the reasoning of a skilled practitioner. Monash University was…

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May
17

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You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here’s How.

Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Oprah Winfey was fired as an evening news reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV because she couldn’t separate her emotions from her stories….

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May
16

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5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity

Do you still think doodling is a waste of time? Does it mean someone isn’t paying attention? Well, it’s time to change your mind. Doodling and drawing can actually help you process, retain, and share information. Doodling and Memory According to a 2009 study by professor of Psychology, Jackie Andrade,…

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May
10

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10 Habits of the World’s Greatest Learners

You could argue all day about which people, alive today or long gone, qualify as the world’s “greatest learners.” But one thing is for sure: you can’t ignore the wisdom of the self-taught. History is filled with people called autodidacts, or individuals who teach themselves about a subject or subjects…

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The Truth about Procrastination – And How to Beat It

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Do you ever get the feeling that everything conspires against you the minute you have a deadline on the horizon? Facebook posts are unusually interesting; the kids need a ride to school, although they hate being dropped off; and just about anything from going for a run to cleaning the toilet…

Beat Distractions by Making Tasks Harder

Sunday, November 2, 2014

We all battle distractions on a daily basis, and you probably know what it’s like to settle in to finish an assignment or study for an upcoming exam only to find that ambient noises that were hardly noticeable before suddenly seem hugely distracting. For those who study from home where…

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