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10 Ways to Inspire Your Colleagues As An Educator

A recent story on The Onion, the Internet’s beloved satire site renowned for its ability to pinpoint painful truths in its “fake news” stories, last week underscored one of the saddest dynamics of modern education. In “Inspirational English Teacher Cancelled out by Every Other Teacher at School,” the problem of…

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Apr
3

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The Real Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship and How To Promote It In Your Classroom

“Social entrepreneurs don’t just pursue a social end, they pursue that end in a fundamentally communal way.” –Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation In a not-so-distant past, college degrees were the safety nets that led to job security. Now those nets are riddled with holes, sagged down by the weight of so…

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Mar
27

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Running on Empty? 25 Tricks to Jumpstart Routine Lessons

Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset. This also holds true…

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Mar
25

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Comedy in the Classroom: 50 Ways to Bring Laughter Into Any Lesson

During a recent class session, my students stared at me with blank expressions, glassy eyes, pasty and pale skin, and jowls drooping. I think I even saw a string of saliva hanging from the corner of one student’s mouth. I was reviewing plot structure. It was perfect except for the…

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Mar
22

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50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson

As children, young children, everything meant playing and art. We saw the world as a playground and a canvass. It didn’t matter whether or not we could actually draw. What mattered was the thrill of creating something beautiful. We were all artists. We still are. So reminding students that inspiration…

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Mar
19

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20 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Set Your Classroom Up For Success

When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have thought of in terms of a successful classroom arrangement or organization. Each item takes no longer…

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Feb
21

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Customized Instruction: Four Characteristics of Effective Instructional Explanations

Learning can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Students constantly face conceptual, social, emotional, and mental obstacles that can’t be overcome with all-purpose solutions. Just as every student is unique, so is every learning situation. Tutors exist to help students work through the conceptual problems that plague them the…

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Feb
11

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Why You Need To Manage Student Stress And 20 Ways To Do It

Back in October, I wrote an article about the importance of holistic teaching. When students are stressed, their capacity for learning is drastically reduced. In psychology, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs explains in part why anxious and depressed students are much more likely to fail. Even if the situation is not…

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News

Is the Internet Creating a More Easily Distracted Generation of Learners?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Gathering information has never been easier than it is today. Mobile devices and increasingly widespread access to wireless networks mean that research can be conducted by almost anyone at any time. But a recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that when it comes to academic research, many educators…

Reading Can Boost Cognitive Function for up to Five Days Finds Study

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ever get caught up in a thrilling or tragic novel that occupied your mind for days or even weeks after it had been returned to its shelf? Neuroscientists have long known that reading has a powerful effect on the brain, but researchers from Emory University have put the phrase “life-changing”…

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