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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20 Habits of Highly Effective Educators

If you’re a long-time educator like me, you’ve probably seen every student trick in the book. These days, the constant stream of new technology means that student excuses are a little more elaborate than the sorry old “my dog ate my homework” tale. But that doesn’t mean that students aren’t…

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The Achievement Gap [Infographic]

We’ve come a long way from the days of segregation in schools. Minority groups are no longer banned from educational opportunities, but fractures still exist. Today, the problem is largely economic. Socioeconomic factors play a major role in the achievement gap. The following infographic is a series of statistics showing…

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20 Tips On How To Work With Students Who Have a Hard Time Collaborating

There was nothing I hated worse in school then when the teacher announced, “The next assignment will be a group project.” The word group was a swear word in my book akin to a big fat F. Group projects meant arguments. Group projects meant a low grade. As an adult…

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How To Develop a Culture of “Can” In Your Classroom

It’s an age-old saying, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.” What separates good teachers from the excellent ones? The excellent ones are handing out fishing poles; creating a culture in the classroom of independence…

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16 Innovative Ways to Use Crowdfunding for Education

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. –John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy’s quote about the goal…

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25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently

If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. Most likely you will hear something like, “It was all Mr. Jones. He just never gave up on me.” What students take away from…

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50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you. Podcasts are a great way to get information when…

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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”…

Why We Need To Teach Students Time Management

Monday, January 27, 2014

Online courses are often chosen for their flexible structure, but although the ability to adjust study-time to specific needs is certainly attractive, students should not underestimate the importance of time management in online learning. As part of a larger project to explore different ways to analyze and promote productive “listening”…


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