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Writing Supporting Characters that Matter

Photo by Flickr user Anders NicolaysenI have a confession to make. I love reading SCD (Supporting Character Death) scenes. There’s something both …

Seeing exemplary peer work can undermine student performance

From academic honors to "employee of the month" awards, we are regularly exposed to and made aware of the exemplary performance of others. Many …

If You Want Your Children to Survive the Future, Send Them to Art School

Can you imagine a world in which most jobs are obsolete?<p>If not, you are most likely in for a rude awakening in the coming decades of radical shifts in employment. This is particularly true for new parents propelling the next generation of workers into an adulthood that many economists and futurists …

Shakespearean actors traveled to Calais to perform Hamlet for hundreds of refugees

Actors from Shakespeare's Globe performed Hamlet in the Calais refugee camp known as "the jungle" on Wednesday, reciting the lines of one of …

The bogus bard: 5 stories about Shakespeare we wish were true

William Shakespeare's life is as full of fiction as his plays are. In fact, historians have taken decades to separate the legends and bawdy stories …

William Shakespeare

Helicopter parents stalk teachers over kids' homework

Teachers increasingly report unreasonable homework expectations from parents. One father, on learning his son did not know what homework he had to …

The educational strategy that’s turning students into unimaginative robots

Science and math dominate the contemporary educational landscape in the United States. Almost everyone agrees that the country needs to shape workers with the skills to combat global problems like climate change, cancer and ailing infrastructures. There’s just one problem: a single-minded emphasis …

Top 10 songs in children’s literature

From Katniss Everdeen’s gentle lullaby Deep in the Meadow to the Mock Turtle’s Lobster Quadrille to good old Augustus Gloop, Marianne Levy picks the most fabulous songs in teen and children’s books<p>Children’s lives are lived to music, from nursery rhymes and lullabies to that first playlist, leaking …

Earth - The Atlantis-style myths that turned out to be true

In one cataclysmic night, the gods sent a battalion of fire and earthquakes so intense that the Utopian kingdom of Atlantis sank deep into the ocean, never to be found again.<p>So tells Plato's infamous myth, which has captivated audiences for more than 2,300 years. Many people have subsequently …

Beware of Writers Who Tell You How Hard They Work

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Rae Smith on All’s Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare dares you to imagine with him

It’s a fascinating challenge doing a play that isn’t well known. When I did All’s Well with Marianne Elliot in 2009, it was the first time the play had ever been staged at the National Theatre. That gives you imaginative freedom.<p>Designing a play is like getting a garden ready to plant seeds. …

Could 'method writing' be the future for novelists?

<b>Could writers benefit from the same tactics as method actors, who immerse themselves in extreme surroundings in order to prepare for a role?</b><p>Every February, as the Oscars roll around, movie fans revel in stories about actors who have gone to extreme lengths to prepare for parts.<p>Daniel Day-Lewis …

The Most Reliable Way to Spark Creativity

To be more creative, get uncomfortable by doing something that involves an outcome you cannot predict.<p>We live in an age of ideas. Thanks to the Internet, the opportunities and resources required to do remarkable things seem to be just a search away.<p>And yet, how often do you find yourself creatively …

Hello, my (imaginary) friend

In generations' past, discovering your child's bestie was a rainbow-haired elf or invisible flying dolphin would be cause for alarm. Now, Dave McGinn finds, researchers are tallying the many benefits – from better social skills to heightened creativity in adulthood – associated with these flights …

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'What Country Friends Is This?' -- Shakespeare and Twelfth Night

It is the turn of the year, the end of the festivities, the return to work, and it is <i>Twelfth Night</i>. This reminds us that it is also the start of the glorious 2016 Shakespeare quartercentenary commemoration year. For 12 months, from this <i>Twelfth Night</i>, those who love Shakespeare will celebrate the …

5 ways to celebrate the Shakespeare Year

Shakespeare died in 1616. This 400th anniversary is another opportunity for the world to celebrate the legacy of the most famous English playwright - …

Is 'Good Enough' Teaching Good Enough?

By onJanuary 14, 2016 8:30 AM<p><b>Today's guest blog is written by Deborah Netolicky, an educator, school leader and researcher with 16 years of</b> …

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Does Theory Matter in Learning to Teach?

Early in my adult life, I discovered that teaching was hard - really hard. Between my sophomore and junior year of college, I taught African and Asian history at a summer program in Atlanta. I remember spending hours on Wikipedia before my first formal observation the following day. The class …

A Word, Please: The persistent, unabated collapse of grammar

I received an email recently from a reader named Fred who's unhappy about the way that language and writing standards have gone down the tubes since his school days in 1950s and '60s. Here's an excerpt:<p>"Teachers have told me that punctuation is no longer being taught (considered by students 'who …

Considering forcing teachers to use technology? Think again.

In the debate about technology and education, it is expected that you are either a crazy-eyed zealot or a complete and utter Luddite. So, when people …

Are The Questions You're Asking Important To Your Students...Or Just You?

by <b>Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development</b><p>Most educators would agree that engagement and commitment, while elusive, are …