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    The More Empathetic You Are, The Better You Lear...

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Image by Resilient By Design “The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally…

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    25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barber, sociologist Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or…

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    25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently? For starters, we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves nearly as much with boosting students’ academic confidence. If a…

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    Teaching Metacognition: Insight Into How Your St...

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if…

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    How To Make Learning Relevant To Your Students (...

    Saturday, October 4, 2014

    We’ve all heard our students ask the question, “When will I ever use this in the real world?” And honestly, it’s a great question–one that we should all spend more time thinking about. Research shows that relevant learning means effective learning, and that alone should be enough to get us…

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    The Secret to Staying Focused

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Image by Victo ngai Let’s face it. Eliminating all distractions in order to focus is poor advice. It just doesn’t work, in the same way that most abstinence campaigns never work. Distraction isn’t the problem; in many cases, it aids the creative process. The problem is one of motivation. “Like…

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    Mind Wandering: How It Helps and Harms Learning

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    What happens on a neurological level while our minds wander is actually pretty fascinating. According to the Neuroenergetic Theory proposed by Killeen et al., our attention starts to lag after just twelve seconds of effort because our neurons run out of fuel. Neurons first look to glial cells for lactate,…

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    Students As Creators: How To Drive Your Students...

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    One trend we are going to see in education that hasn’t received much discussion yet is the shift from students as consumers to students as creators. This is part of, but not the same thing as, the Maker Movement. In fact, it may usefully be described as what needs to…

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    There’s a Better Way to Teach Critical Thi...

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that’s how it should be. The term was popularised long ago–by John Dewey, in the 1930s–but in recent years it has become less of an actionable technique and more of a trendy educational buzzword. Our…

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    20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital L...

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curricula across the globe. As current undergraduates have never known a life without the internet, it’s only natural that universities should nurture their familiarity with technology,…

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The More Empathetic You Are, The Better You Learn. Here’s How to Cultivate Empathy for Learning

Image by Resilient By Design “The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally…

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barber, sociologist Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or…

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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently? For starters, we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves nearly as much with boosting students’ academic confidence. If a…

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Teaching Metacognition: Insight Into How Your Students Think Is Key To High Achievement In All Domains

A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if…

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Oct
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How To Make Learning Relevant To Your Students (And Why It’s Crucial To Their Success)

We’ve all heard our students ask the question, “When will I ever use this in the real world?” And honestly, it’s a great question–one that we should all spend more time thinking about. Research shows that relevant learning means effective learning, and that alone should be enough to get us…

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Sep
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The Secret to Staying Focused

Image by Victo ngai Let’s face it. Eliminating all distractions in order to focus is poor advice. It just doesn’t work, in the same way that most abstinence campaigns never work. Distraction isn’t the problem; in many cases, it aids the creative process. The problem is one of motivation. “Like…

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Sep
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Mind Wandering: How It Helps and Harms Learning

What happens on a neurological level while our minds wander is actually pretty fascinating. According to the Neuroenergetic Theory proposed by Killeen et al., our attention starts to lag after just twelve seconds of effort because our neurons run out of fuel. Neurons first look to glial cells for lactate,…

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Students As Creators: How To Drive Your Students To Be More Than Just Consumers

One trend we are going to see in education that hasn’t received much discussion yet is the shift from students as consumers to students as creators. This is part of, but not the same thing as, the Maker Movement. In fact, it may usefully be described as what needs to…

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Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Music While Studying

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Some of us know we work better with a little Jack Johnson egging us on. But new research out of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff says listening to music can damage your performance on certain study tasks. Examining the ability to recall information in the presence of different…

You Could Read this Post in 30 Seconds, But How Much Would You Remember?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Productivity, convenience and just about anything that allows us to pack more into our already hectic lives is in high demand these days, so it’s hardly surprising that a recently released speed-reading app has been met with excitement from most corners. But as convenient as digesting 1000 words per minute may…

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