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    Now-ism: Why Perfect Scores Don’t Matter A...

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Education is what people do to you; learning is what you do to yourself.” These are the wise words of Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab. In a recent TED Talk, Ito reveals a revolutionary style of innovation that he and his colleagues discovered during a time when…

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    Learning to Ask Better Questions: 12 Tricks

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    There’s plenty of literature on how to ask other people questions, but what about directing questions to ourselves? We can ask our students all the tricky questions we can think of, hoping to boost their critical thinking skills, but the ability to ask questions oneself–rather than just answering them–separates true…

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  • Pedagogue or Peer: Addressing the Social Dynamic...

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Where did it come from? This blind respect young people give their elders, children their parents, followers a deity. These students didn’t know me. I didn’t have a master’s degree. They hadn’t read my book. I hadn’t written one. Throughout the semester, I would see one boy grooving at a…

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    The Truth About Deliberate Practice

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    It’s been six years since Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of deliberate practice in his book, Outliers. What made it so popular was the notion that, when approached correctly, practice could effectively replace talent. As long as you reached the magic mark of 10,000 hours of dedicated study, you could…

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    The Power of “I Don’t Know”

    Saturday, August 15, 2015

    We have a real problem with intellectual humility in this country. Or should I say, lack thereof. It’s frowned upon to be uncertain, to lack expertise, to meet a question with another question. If we don’t know the answer to something right away, it’s viewed as a weakness rather than…

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    10 Core Competencies To Focus On

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Teachers and employers across the globe have at least one belief in common when it comes to educating our society: 21st century skills are no longer a luxury but a necessity. “The skills that are easiest to teach and easiest to test are now also the skills that are easiest…

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    How To Bring the Joy Back Into Learning

    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was publicly accused of “killing students’ joy for learning.” The OECD publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is an assessment that allows educational performances to be examined on a common measure across 34 countries. A letter signed…

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    How to Win a Nobel Prize, According To a Nobel P...

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    Not everyone is destined to win a Nobel Prize, but a close examination of past winners’ practices suggests we all have control over the way we approach learning and discovery. In 1986, esteemed mathemetician and computer scientist Richard Hamming delivered a talk to his former Bell Labs colleagues called “You…

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    Why Straight-A Students Haven’t Learned As...

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    The moment I received my college diploma, I knew I was going to enter the workforce remembering at best a third of what I’d learned. Nearly everthing I’d read or heard about Existentialism, British Imperialism, and Japanese wood block prints would slip from my memory and flutter away with every…

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    The Ultimate Lesson: Teaching Your Students to B...

    Saturday, July 18, 2015

    When we think of resourceful people, we tend to look to the past, picturing our parents and grandparents building rich lives with what little they had at hand. But resourcefulness has become an important quality once again, something we need to instill in younger generations. With so many luxuries in…

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Now-ism: Why Perfect Scores Don’t Matter And What To Focus On Instead

Education is what people do to you; learning is what you do to yourself.” These are the wise words of Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab. In a recent TED Talk, Ito reveals a revolutionary style of innovation that he and his colleagues discovered during a time when…

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Learning to Ask Better Questions: 12 Tricks

There’s plenty of literature on how to ask other people questions, but what about directing questions to ourselves? We can ask our students all the tricky questions we can think of, hoping to boost their critical thinking skills, but the ability to ask questions oneself–rather than just answering them–separates true…

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Aug
16

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Pedagogue or Peer: Addressing the Social Dynamic Between Tutor and Tutee

Where did it come from? This blind respect young people give their elders, children their parents, followers a deity. These students didn’t know me. I didn’t have a master’s degree. They hadn’t read my book. I hadn’t written one. Throughout the semester, I would see one boy grooving at a…

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Aug
16

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The Truth About Deliberate Practice

It’s been six years since Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of deliberate practice in his book, Outliers. What made it so popular was the notion that, when approached correctly, practice could effectively replace talent. As long as you reached the magic mark of 10,000 hours of dedicated study, you could…

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Aug
15

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The Power of “I Don’t Know”

We have a real problem with intellectual humility in this country. Or should I say, lack thereof. It’s frowned upon to be uncertain, to lack expertise, to meet a question with another question. If we don’t know the answer to something right away, it’s viewed as a weakness rather than…

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Aug
8

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10 Core Competencies To Focus On

Teachers and employers across the globe have at least one belief in common when it comes to educating our society: 21st century skills are no longer a luxury but a necessity. “The skills that are easiest to teach and easiest to test are now also the skills that are easiest…

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Jul
26

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How To Bring the Joy Back Into Learning

Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was publicly accused of “killing students’ joy for learning.” The OECD publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is an assessment that allows educational performances to be examined on a common measure across 34 countries. A letter signed…

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Jul
25

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How to Win a Nobel Prize, According To a Nobel Prize Winner – And What It Has To Do With Learning

Not everyone is destined to win a Nobel Prize, but a close examination of past winners’ practices suggests we all have control over the way we approach learning and discovery. In 1986, esteemed mathemetician and computer scientist Richard Hamming delivered a talk to his former Bell Labs colleagues called “You…

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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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