20 Steps Towards More Self-Directed Learning

Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Tiffany Mikell had little choice but to become a self-directed learner. As a poor student with few opportunities handed to her, she figured out at an early age that the things she learned from her teachers wouldn’t be enough to help change her situation–and…

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30 Tips to Cultivate Soft Skills in Your Students

Friday, May 1, 2015
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Illustration by Linda Tieu Preparing students for successful careers is a major part of every educator’s job, but most preservice and professional development programmes don’t cover the skills employers are currently seeking–things like “emergent” leadership, adaptability, humility, and ownership. At Google, hiring managers don’t care whether a candidate received perfect…

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The Educator’s Guide to Twitter (Tools, Tips and Hashtags)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Illustration by Tim Paul If you’re an educator, chances are you’re interested in using Twitter as a teaching and learning tool. And the good news is, we’ve got you covered, from basic instructions on general use to creative strategies you can incorporate into your course or lesson plans. In this…

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21 Educational Apps Approved By Teachers

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Tired of reading the same old list of recommended apps? We’ve curated twenty-one fresh ones for you here, and you won’t find Dropbox or Evernote among the ranks. The best part is, they’re all approved and used by actual teachers. Take a look and feel free to suggest your own…

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Serendipity In Learning: Is Planning For Everything Ideal For Learners?

Saturday, April 25, 2015
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We’re used to learning with the help of instructions, having guidance on the topics we should study and how to approach subjects. Even search engines are designed to show the most relevant results based on a computed likelihood that certain information relates to our query. Are we missing something with…

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Is ‘Good Enough’ Enough? 10 Ways Students Can Learn to Excel

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Few things are more disappointing to a teacher than watching a student squander his or her potential. It can happen on a major scale, quite abruptly, as a student struggles to balance learning with a stressful life at home. Or it can happen on a minor scale, in a gradual…

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The Difference Between Skilled Learners and Good Students

Sunday, April 19, 2015
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The skilled learners of the world don’t always excel in their studies. And I don’t mean Gates and Einstein. I’m talking about the huge number of people who are passionate about knowledge, who have a real knack for remembering facts, who are self-taught musicians and casual scholars. People who ignore…

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Intellectual Humility: What Happens When You Love to Learn–From Others

Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Why do we enjoy learning? Is it because we actually like the process of learning, which often involves a struggle and occasionally requires failure, or is it because we like the end result– namely, the prospect of being right? I ask this question because I think the answer sheds light…

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Creativity Killers: 10 Habits to Kick

Saturday, April 11, 2015
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Here’s what most of us know about creativity: We know that you aren’t born with it, and that it can be learned; we know that people can be at their most creative in group settings; we know that the expression of creativity isn’t exclusive to the arts; and we know…

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12 Must-Read Books on Education for 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Few things are more satisfying than finally getting your hands on a book you’ve been meaning to read. In 2015, you’re going to want to make room in your schedule for a lot of satisfaction. Here are 12 books about education and learning you should look forward to reading this…

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