Mar
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25 Tricks to Stop Teacher Burnout

There’s a reason why teachers receive a sad, knowing nod from others at a dinner party or when meeting new people. The profession kicks us around and often kicks hardest when we’re down. We teach for the pleasure of sharing a subject or skill that we love and hope to…

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Mar
17

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Overcoming the Fear of Being Wrong: 20 Ways To Help Your Students

Like cheating on a test, ignoring a friend’s phone call, wallowing in self-pity, or eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting, being wrong feels the worst when someone else is around to witness it. Unlike these things, being wrong is unjustly stigmatized as unacceptable. Everyone answers a question…

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Mar
3

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30 Ways to Become a Culturally-Sensitive Educator

Image by Tina Kugler When it comes to personalized learning, there’s one area we tend to neglect whether we realize it or not, and that area is cultural background. Despite the fact that students are constantly engaged in a complex transformation of culturally influenced identity–which in many cases can have…

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Feb
22

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Agile Based Learning: What Is It and How Can It Change Education?

In 2013 there was a lot of talk about “coding the curriculum.” English instructors were considering using code to teach poetry, Global History departments were planning to have students design code-based interactive graphs to correlate with their research papers, drama instructors were interested in experimenting with live-coding performances, where students…

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Feb
12

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Improving Working Memory: How the Science of Retention Can Enhance All Aspects of Learning

Do you really know something if you can’t remember it? I had a conversation with a fellow educator on this subject one semester, and we both came to the conclusion that knowledge relies almost exclusively on a student’s ability to remember what she has learned. Proof of knowledge comes from…

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Feb
10

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Educating the World: 50 Resources to Help You Widen Your Impact

There is an incredible amount to be said for the small difference educators make daily in the lives of students and colleagues, but many of us don’t realize how easy it can be to expand that difference to a global scale. Countless organizations and individuals across the world are involved…

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Feb
7

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your…

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Feb
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Multiple Intelligences Theory & Learning Styles – Science or Quack?

It’s been 30 years since the theory of multiple intelligences was proposed by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. The “eight intelligences,”¯ which ranged from bodily-kinesthetic intelligence to naturalist intelligence, explained why students could succeed at one type of task and fail at others. Teachers started regarding…

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Even Students With Low Self-Esteem Don’t Benefit From Inflated Praise

Monday, June 2, 2014

Today’s talented youth are often lavished with praise by parents and teachers alike, and most of us are familiar with the argument that this practice may actually harm development. But what we aren’t so familiar with is the idea that too much praise may harm the development of struggling students…

Creativity Is Declining Among Teenagers, With One Exception (And What It Says About Our Education System)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University has found that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, are declining. Along with a team…

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