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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

    Here are my most recent posts:

  • How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Us to Learn

    “The biggest problem growing up today is not actually stress, it’s meaninglessness.” –Bill Damon, Stanford researcher It’s not rocket science—having a bigger purpose keeps us invested in the small, often difficult steps we must take to accomplish our goals. That’s why it’s essential to equip students with an educational purpose as soon as we can,… Read More

  • 29 Apps That Teach Creative Writing

    Teaching creative writing means putting ideas first. It means resisting the urge to correct the writing and focusing instead on the development of the writer. And though it may seem counter-intuitive, doing so often requires questioning, ignoring, or even breaking the rules. “We may be too literal when we think about what it means to… Read More

  • Should You Be a Specialist?

    To specialise or not to specialise? It’s becoming a very good question, especially for graduates facing today’s tough job market. Where not long ago it was best to be well-rounded, it is now perhaps smarter to go the technical/vocational route if you want to make any money. But is this really true? Is there any… Read More