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10 Ways To Start Shifting Your Classroom Practices Little By Little

When a colleague invited Joy Kirr to a professional development day featuring the Scottish design thinking expert Ewan McIntosh she didn’t think it …

Teaching

How to motivate older kids without using rewards, punishment or fear. (No, really.)

Bo Burnham’s movie “Eighth Grade” brilliantly captures the challenges facing tweens and teens. Kids at that age are experiencing a complicated and often awkward time of self-discovery and growth<i>.</i> They are concerned with their identity and sense of self, yet much of what they see and experience can …

High School

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

'Narrowing' of the curriculum is leading to a 'massive skills shortage', former education secretary claims

Lord Baker, who brought in the national curriculum in England in the 1980s, has said the UK is facing a "massive skills shortage" with companies …

Education

How to Make Students Care About Writing

Pirette McKamey, a veteran English teacher, spent 30 years investigating what helps young people to view themselves as writers.<p>Editor's Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of novice educators. In 1988, a …

Teaching

These 5 simple body language tricks can help you build trust with anyone

Most millennials have come of age in a world of instant messages, emails and texts. While they're often highly efficient at digital communication, …

Barack Obama

The Problems of Real-Time Feedback in Teaching Writing

Blog: Just VisitingI’m trying to understand where the notion that constantly monitoring students and subjecting them to real-time feedback is a …

Teaching

Why We Need To Rethink Conventional Graduation Rates As A Measure Of Colleges' Success

In the academic world, we have run into a statistical dead end in assessing how our students are performing. I want to propose a way of breaking through the issue so that our colleges and universities are able to keep pace with, and measure, the deep changes impacting our economy and society and …

Higher Education

5 Tips for Building Great Relationships with Students

Relationships are essential to learning. <i>Kids connect more to learning when they feel more connection to their teacher.</i> A great classroom environment …

Teaching

Successful bosses run their most effective meetings exactly like this

Once upon a time, I worked for a woman who was known as a star meeting facilitator. CEOs would call left and right, asking her to organize strategy …

CEOs

Instructional Leadership

Where are the instructional leaders? In schools across the world, we hire principals, assistant principals, academic interventionists, math coaches, …

Teaching

Jackpot! Great Interactives To Support Teaching & Learning With Primary Sources

The Library of Congress has funded four impressive-looking online tools to help teaching and learning with primary sources:<p><i>Eagle Eye Citizen engages</i> …

Gymnasium offers free online courses on web development, design, user experience, and content.

How Much Do Courses Cost?<p>Every class is free. That’s right — no hidden fees. No ‘freemium’ upgrade offers. All of our classes are absolutely free of …

The five most effective ways to teach spelling

Spelling has been a controversial issue in primary schools since the introduction of the strict secure fit model of the interim framework. Teachers …

Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?

It makes perfect sense why there is a push for personalized learning in our schools. It is a well-intentioned response to the standardized curriculum …

Pedagogy

7 TED Talks That Will Help You Be A Better Leader

As a leadership and culture coach, I’m always on the lookout for new inspiration. Learning about other people’s experiences, strategies, and ideas about leadership can generate awesome insight!<p>Here are some TED talks that “package” what makes great leaders into concise, informative speeches.<p><b>1. John</b> …

Leadership

2 Questions to Focus on Long-Term Learning in Classrooms

It is “conference season” for many educators, and I have seen the wave of “60 Tools in 60 Minute” sessions being posted online. The promise is often …

3 Good Lesson Planners for Teachers

After posting about lesson plan resources for teachers, we received a request from one of our readers asking about lesson planners, so we decided to …

Free Flexible Tool Helps Users Build Infographics

Easel.ly Think critically, share creatively with infographic-creation tool Pros: Great templates and flexible features let students learn through …

America's Colleges Must Open Up To The Real Economy

The history of higher education demonstrates the success and longevity of a closed approach. The forerunners of universities were monastic schools where monks and nuns taught classes. Nearly a thousand years ago, Bologna, Paris, and Oxford emerged as closed communities of learning where students …

How Can You Be Sure Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for These 2 Rare Signs

Do you have a favorite boss story? Most likely, you found her or him displaying these 2 skills.<p>Everyone has a great boss story. Mine takes me back to 2005. I reported to an executive in a midsize hospital in Los Angeles. To this day, Bruce is my favorite boss because of his servant-leadership …

Leadership

7 Brain-Based Ways to Make Learning Stick

When it comes to student learning, we usually think about how to get information into memory, says expert Marilee Sprenger. But we also have to get …

Teaching

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

This Former Google Exec Shares Why Leaders Get Happiness Wrong and Why Meditation No Longer Makes Sense

Mo Gawdat, author of 'Solve for Happy,' shares his happiness equation, so you can be content at work and in life.<p><i>In this series,</i> The Way We Work, <i>Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger examines how people foster productivity, focus, collaboration, creativity and culture in the workplace.</i><p>Mo …

Happiness

The man who’s fighting girls’ ‘mathematophobia’ | The Star

As a teenager beginning high school in his Ivory Coast homeland, Ismael Mourifié looked around his classroom and understood something was inherently …

Education

Evidence Shows Students Still Learn More Effectively From Print Textbooks Than Screens

Print's not dead.<p>Today's students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, …

Education Technology

Personalized Learning Isn’t About Tech

First: Teach Social and Emotional Skills to Foster Autonomy<p>Culture is everything in a personalized classroom, which is why it’s critical for …

Can grade grubbers handle the rise of mastery education?

When I was in school, I coveted good grades. I was quick to smile at teachers and eager for extra credit projects. A school improvement movement gathering force these days will require adjustments by people like me.<p>You can call it performance-based, competency-based or mastery education, whatever. …

Pedagogy

11 Best TED Talks For When You Feel Burnt Out

The signs are all there: you feel depressed, anxious, and detached; you keep getting head and back aches; your job performance and relationships are …

America Can Win Manufacturing in the 21st Century. Here's How

We have all the resources we need. It remains to be seen whether we have the vision or the will.<p>It's become conventional wisdom that the last 30 years have been a hotbed of innovation, but evidence suggests otherwise. As Robert Gordon explains in <i>The Rise and Fall of American Growth</i>, productivity …