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Two simple mindful meditation exercises for teachers

Mindfulness can help teachers reduce stress and boost confidence. Clinical psychologist Erin Olivo shares her handy guide for getting started<p>Teaching can be hard, and reports tell us those in the profession feel under increasing pressure. A BBC investigation earlier this year found that …

Mindfulness

Obama proposes reducing standardized testing to 2% of classroom time

The Obama administration executed a significant about-face in its education policy Saturday, calling for a cap on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests.<p>The move comes amid growing opposition from teachers and many parents who assert that high-stakes testing has classrooms …

Could Rubric-Based Grading Be the Assessment of the Future?

Institutions of higher education are under pressure from students and employers to prove that graduates are gaining the cross-cutting skills — such …

The 30 Second Assessment

Brilliant or InsaneI know a few teachers this year who are committed to assessing students without testing them. That’s right: they’re not only …

I went broke teaching your kid: The real story about life on a teacher’s salary

<b>(darkolukic via iStock/l i g h t p o e t via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Four kids. A ton of tuition. And $281.92 for a car payment. Teaching in America is barely middle class any more<p>Anonymous<p>October 10, 2015 2:45pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Secret Lives of Teachers”<p>I stare at the calculator: $281.92. …

Education

The prisoners who kicked Harvard’s ass: Only people who think Ivy Leaguers are smarter than felons were surprised

<b>(Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The response to Eastern New York Correctional Facility’s victory says a lot about class and race prejudices<p>Paula Young Lee<p>October 6, 2015 11:01pm (UTC)<p>When prisoners from Eastern New York Correctional Facility beat Harvard University in an exhibition debate last month, it made …

Outdoors

My neighbor from hell: But did sweet, ugly revenge go too far?

<b>(Firmafotografen via iStock)</b><p>He despised me, I despised him. So when his pipes burst, well, good luck with that. Maybe that makes me the a-hole?<p>Kevin Clouther<p>October 3, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Last January I was at a party when my wife texted that our walls sounded like they were raining. She wasn’t on …

Empathy

Why Japanese Kids Can Walk to School Alone

Even in big cities like Tokyo, small children take the subway and run errands by themselves. The reason has a lot to do with group dynamics.<p>It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: Children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.<p>They wear knee socks, polished …

The Luxury of Silence

In the noisy modern world, peace and quiet come with an increasingly hefty price tag.<p>In his 1922 Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein enjoined his readers to respect the limits of language:<p>Today silence is also a commodity, one bought and sold at prices rivaling our …

“It’s not a women’s problem, it’s a workplace problem”: Anne-Marie Slaughter on the crisis at the heart of the “having it all” problem

<b>(coolmilo via iStock)</b><p>Salon talks to Anne-Marie Slaughter about what we need to change about the path to a career, family and good life<p>Kate Tuttle<p>September 27, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Anne-Marie Slaughter was a big name in the field of public policy – former head of the International Legal Studies Program …

Feminism

Elizabeth Warren Goes All In On Black Lives Matter

Warren spoke out against police violence and voting restrictions, as well as persistent economic discrimination.<p>WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday forcefully called for a renewed focus on the fight for racial justice, arguing that “we have not made enough progress” since the …

The Hajj Stampede: Why Do Crowds Run?

It usually isn’t about “panic.”<p>On Thursday, more than 700 people were killed in a stampede outside the holy city of Mecca. The disaster took place during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which draws about 2 million Muslims to Saudi Arabia each year.<p>Although this was the deadliest Hajj episode in a …

The Lifesaving Power of Storytelling

It is important to tell stories to the young, but it is even more important to make storytelling a lifelong habit, enriching your life and the lives …

Larry Lessig: Want to end inequality? Do this first

The day Larry Lessig announced he was running for president, he got a message from his kids' school.<p>It said: Sorry, your dad running for president isn't a valid excuse to miss class.<p>That's one of many lessons Lessig, the ultimate Democratic outsider, is learning since he announced his bid for the …

What You Can, When You Can: #wycwyc Exercise

<i>Article Source: makeyourbodywork.com</i><p>There is a fitness revolution happening right now and it's all based on one simple hashtag: #wycwyc.<p>It's pronounced "wik-wik," and it stands for "what you can, when you can." The idea behind #wycwyc is powerful: Every little bit of activity that you can squeeze …

A List of Books that May Change your Life

I started off 2015 with a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course, one of the hardest things I’ve ever chosen to do. I wasn’t a meditator. I had …

A Cultural History of the Fever

The fever phobia that parents experience is ancient and useful.<p>For most of human history, an unusually high body temperature was a sign of the supernatural. Fevers were sinister but common, unnatural but real. And without a theoretical underpinning by which to understand them, fevers long seemed to …

Court halts execution of Oklahoma man who claims innocence

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An appeals court halted the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys said they had …

Billionaire Hedge Fund Founder Pays Out $12M to N.Y.C. Teachers: 'We Focus on Celebrating the Good Ones'

The average teacher in the U.S. makes about $56,383 annually, a figure down 1.3 percent on average from 13 years ago.<p>Jim Simons, an entrepreneur and …

How Playing the Long Game Made Elizabeth Holmes a Billionaire

Inside the 31-year-old's fight to disrupt a $75 billion industry, and grow it by another $125 billion.<p>You'd have to look really hard not to see Steve Jobs in Elizabeth Holmes. Both Holmes and Jobs were loners as kids. As a teenager, Jobs discovered Plato; Holmes favored Roman emperor-philosopher …

Genetic Engineering

3 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Life

Does it ever feel like people are all self-absorbed jerks? Like they’re not listening? Only in it for themselves?<p>You’re not crazy. Empathy is …

Empathy

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37 Energy Bites Recipes for On-the-Go Snacking

Whether it's first thing in the morning or midafternoon, we all need an energy boost at some point during the day. Coffee is one solution; a sugary …

The Worst of the Worst

Judy Clarke excelled at saving the lives of notorious killers. Then she took the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.<p>“We meet in the most tragic of circumstances,” Judy Clarke, the lead defense lawyer representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, began. She stood at a lectern, facing the jurors, in a dark suit accented by …

Justice

Martina Hingis and the Joy of Doubles

Women’s doubles gets no respect. You won’t find the game in prime time when you tune to ESPN to watch the U.S. Open. You couldn’t find it easily at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the Open has been taking place, during the first week, unless you were acquainted with the center’s …

How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

Meet the career-extending fitness guru behind Serena's preposterous third act

While much of the credit has gone to coach Patrick Mouratoglou, it’s training guru Mackie Shilstone who’s made Williams’ late-career windfall possible<p>The man who helped to remake Serena Williams and save Peyton Manning’s career is not an imposing figure. Mackie Shilstone is slender with a shock of …

2 in 5 American Children Spend at Least a Year in Poverty, Report Says

About two out of every five children in America spent at least one year in poverty before turning 18, according to a paper published Wednesday by the …

Demographics

Arkansas set to resume executions after 10-year hiatus

<b>The US state of Arkansas is set to resume executing death row inmates after a 10-year hiatus brought on by legal concerns and drug shortages.</b><p>Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday set the execution dates for eight men.<p>On 21 October, two inmates are scheduled to die by the state's lethal three-drug …