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The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far

Another day, another mid-year “Best” list (you can find all 1,300 Best lists here).<p>You might also be interested in:<p>Here are my choices for The Best …

7 Reasons Why It's Good To Speak Another Language

It's one of life's truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing. The ability to travel seamlessly in another country; to interact with people you wouldn't otherwise be able to communicate with; to really understand and immerse yourself in another culture, whether it …

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher

Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand …

The Hard Part

They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate.<p>Valerie Strauss in the <i>Washington Post</i> once put together a …

How authors from Dickens to Dr Seuss invented the words we use every day

The English language didn't just spring from nowhere. So who introduced such gems as cojones, meme, nerd and butterfingers?<p><b>Butterfingers</b><p>Charles Dickens used the term in his 1836 The Pickwick Papers (more properly called The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club): "At every bad attempt at a catch, …