• Learning to Ask Better Questions: 12 Tricks

    August 23rd, 2015 4 Comments Features

    There’s plenty of literature on how to ask other people questions, but what about directing questions to ourselves? We can ask our students all the tricky questions we can think of, hoping to boost their critical thinking skills, but the ability to ask questions oneself–rather than just answering them–separates true learners from the rest. Of… Read More

  • The Truth About Deliberate Practice

    August 16th, 2015 No Comments Features

    It’s been six years since Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of deliberate practice in his book, Outliers. What made it so popular was the notion that, when approached correctly, practice could effectively replace talent. As long as you reached the magic mark of 10,000 hours of dedicated study, you could become an expert in nearly… Read More

  • The Power of "I Don't Know"

    August 15th, 2015 No Comments Features
    More and more, the only things that seem

    We have a real problem with intellectual humility in this country. Or should I say, lack thereof. It’s frowned upon to be uncertain, to lack expertise, to meet a question with another question. If we don’t know the answer to something right away, it’s viewed as a weakness rather than a strength. And sure, this… Read More

  • 10 Core Competencies To Focus On

    August 8th, 2015 No Comments Features
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    Teachers and employers across the globe have at least one belief in common when it comes to educating our society: 21st century skills are no longer a luxury but a necessity. “The skills that are easiest to teach and easiest to test are now also the skills that are easiest to automate, digitize, and outsource,”… Read More