Dionne Mankazana

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What is the value of motherhood?

My young cousin just earned a Vanderbilt Masters degree in Accountancy and Valuation. He’s off to Wall Street to seek his fortune.<p>A Masters in Valuation. Revolutionary.<p>I’m deep in that season of the year when my time and attention (like any involved parent’s) are profoundly splintered and – face it …

Here Is A Collection of Some New Educational Web Tools and Apps for Teachers

August 4, 2015<br>An important part of an effective integration of technology in your instruction besides knowing the ‘pedagogical whys’ behind the tech …

10 Things Traveling Teaches You That School Doesn't

By College Tourist; Author: Sydney Alonso, University of Central Florida<p><b>I wouldn't be the person I am today if I never traveled.</b><p>Growing up, my mom was a teacher, so I've been instilled with a great love for school. I recognize its importance and value, and even now in college I try to take …

A Big Shiny Guide to African Safaris

There's nothing like your first time -- first time taking a safari, that is. Deciding to do one is easy (yes, a resounding yes), but picking a destination is more difficult -- what with a long list of magnificent countries to choose from. To help, here's a handy overview of when to go, what you'll …

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom

LEGO Bricks are toys. They’re items that students willingly seek out to play with and get excited to receive as gifts under the Christmas tree. …

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5 Big Ideas That Don't Work In Education

There are few household names in education research. Maybe that in itself constitutes a problem. But if there was an Education Researcher Hall Of Fame, one member would be a silver-haired, plainspoken Kiwi named John Hattie.<p>Hattie directs the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University …

Pedagogy

Tykes and tablets: Is too much screen time damaging your child’s brain?

Let’s face it – screen time is an inescapable reality of modern parenting, with kids of every age spending hours upon hours in front of iPads, smartphones and televisions. And that’s not always a bad thing.<p>Educational apps and kiddie-geared TV shows are great ways for little ones to sharpen their …

57 small things you can do every day to be happier and more successful

1. Assume people have good intentions.<p>Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.<p>2. Avoid using …

14 Life-Changing New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Actually Maintain (Forever)

Research suggests that 92% of New Year’s Resolutions fail. Why? Because we treat our resolutions like things we must check off on a list. We focus …

Daily Meditation: Releasing Anger

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's post features a video from Buddhist nun Sister Chan Khong on managing and releasing anger. When …

Browned Butter Banana Bread

Very few people get excited about banana bread and I happen to be one of those people. Whenever I am at a potluck and I see poor old banana bread sitting in a corner by itself, I kind of feel sorry for it. What did it ever do to me? Well, nothing-and I suppose that's the problem.<p>Perhaps I am not a …

The Global Search for Education: Online Educational Tools

<i>"Privacy is of course critical, but at the moment the dialogue nationally is focusing far too much on the privacy aspects surrounding data rather than the important usage data has for driving personalized learning and supporting students, teachers, and parents. If we're not careful, we risk cutting</i> …

10 Lists To Keep If You Want To Be Successful

Eight ways to be more creative and insightful | The Star

People who are highly analytical have more activity in their left frontal lobe. And people who are highly insightful have more activity in the right …

Creativity

Philosophy sessions 'boost primary school results'

<b>Weekly philosophy sessions in class can boost primary school pupils' ability in maths and literacy, a study says.</b><p>More than 3,000 nine and 10-year-olds in 48 UK schools took part in hour-long sessions aimed at raising their ability to question, reason and form arguments.<p>A study for the Education …

Why Childhood Memories Disappear

Most adults can’t remember much of what happened to them before age 3 or so. What happens to the memories formed in those earliest years?<p>My first memory is of the day my brother was born: November 14, 1991. I can remember my father driving my grandparents and me over to the hospital in Highland …

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Old before your time? People age at wildly different rates, study confirms

If the school reunion was not proof enough, scientists have confirmed that people grow old at radically different rates, with some ageing much faster than their fresh-faced former classmates.<p>A study of nearly one thousand 38-year-olds found that while most had biological ages close to the number of …

Aging

‘Spectacular discovery’ of how memories are formed and learning takes place

Brain scientists in the UK and US have collaborated to make ‘a spectacular discovery’ – for the first time in human studies – of how memories are …

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer

Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t?<p>Christopher Obal used to be a Christian. He grew up in Queens, New York, and when he was 5 years old, his parents left Catholicism for a very different form of Christianity. While they didn’t …

25 Ways to Use Honey in Home Remedies

Sometimes called the nectar of the gods, honey has been a staple in the human diet for thousands of years. The benefits of honey have been touted …

Which of These 4 Instructional Strategies Do You Use in Your Class ?

February 21, 2015<br>Instructional strategies, according to Alberta Learning, are “techniques teachers use to help students become independent, strategic …

You CAN Live in a Constant State of Love. Here’s How.

Ten years ago, a dear friend of mine gave me the three-book series, <i>“Conversations with God,”</i> by Neal Donald Walsch. By then, I was dabbling in the …

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<b>Let go of theory.</b> In theory, a question or challenge posed in PBL is so compelling that students will learn all essential facts necessary to answer …

The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge review – a book of miracles

Dr Michael Moskowitz, an American psychiatrist specialising in treating pain, had long been his very own laboratory rat. After breaking his femur jumping from the turret of an army tank, he made an important discovery: the brain could be taught to turn off even screaming pain, once the body had …

The Brain

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

How Passionate Teaching Breeds Innovative Learning

<b>How Passionate Teaching Breeds Innovative Learning</b><p>John Maeda grew up working in his family’s Seattle tofu store in the 1980s. He was a bright and …

Pedagogy