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    Saga has taught and tutored writing at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Her educational interests include psychology, creativity, and system reform. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.

    You can reach her on Google+, @sagamilena or [email protected]

    Here are my most recent posts:

  • How to Fail Intelligently

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    May 29th, 2016 No Comments Features

    “The question, ‘Would you go back and undo your errors’ is unanswerable. It’s only useful to ask, what wisdom have you learned from your misjudgments that will help you going forward?” –David Brooks In the early 1990s, researcher Kevin Dunbar conducted an investigation into the way scientists deal with failed experiments. Observing four biochemistry labs… Read More

  • 4 Ways Self-Belief Can Transform Learning

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    May 26th, 2016 No Comments Features

    Today’s best and brightest students can only be described as such because they believe in their own abilities; if they didn’t, they’d have fallen behind their peers long ago. In the same breath, struggling students rarely have as much confidence as their higher-achieving peers, which results in a vicious cycle of self-limitation. As educators, we… Read More

  • How to Assess Your Own Learning

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    May 23rd, 2016 No Comments Features

    Most of us assume it’s up to someone else—a teacher, administrator, employer—to measure how much we’ve learned. But when we do this, we lose something very valuable: our own educational narrative. We may remember which subjects we excelled in and which subjects we failed, or recall when and where we learned particular bits of information,… Read More

  • 12 Facets of Education That Will Be Obsolete By 2025

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    May 19th, 2016 6 Comments Features

    Educational research is especially fertile right now, and efforts to integrate it into curricula over the next decade are going to leave some of us high and dry unless we start paying attention this second. Significant findings range from brain-based study habits to insights into the nature of intelligence and motivation. They also include glimpses… Read More

  • Learning From (Reflection On) Experience

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    May 16th, 2016 No Comments Features

    “Within the world we find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed—even in part—the other immediately suffers.” –Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed Skilled learners are aware not only of what they’re learning but how they’re learning (or not learning) it. They stop a moment during their studies… Read More

  • Why One Caring Adult Is All It Takes

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    May 12th, 2016 No Comments Features

    As a teenager, youth advocate Josh Shipp was what many people in his current line of work would call a lost cause. Having spent the majority of his youth getting kicked out of foster homes, habitually testing the limits of authority and refusing the help of would-be mentors, he was on his way to becoming… Read More