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

Saturday, November 1, 2014
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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
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“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
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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

Monday, October 6, 2014
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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 (And Why It’s Crucial To Their Success)

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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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
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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
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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

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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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 Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

Saturday, September 13, 2014
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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 Literacy Skills

Saturday, July 26, 2014
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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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