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You can teach yourself to read an entire book in a single day

There’s no better superfood for your brain than a book.<p>Reading is the best way to rapidly gain a deep, and broad understanding of a topic or discipline.<p>You can read an entire book every day, but it will cost you. It’s a massive goal and can be unreasonable, but it works for me.<p>I am selective about …

Writing

Fix Your Broken Routines: Three Rules to Live By

Reclaiming Your Time<br>July 12, 2018 | Volume <b>13</b> | Issue <b>21</b> <b><br>Table of Contents</b> <b></b><p>Share |<p>Fix Your Broken Routines: Three Rules to Live By<p>Jessica F. Handley<p>I'm …

Growth mindset doesn’t promise pupils the world

The Psychologists Benjamin Bloom and Anders Ericsson both came to believe that almost anyone could do almost anything. Their research (which, in …

Teach Them to Listen So They Can Listen to Learn

Listen...<p>Listening, not just hearing but really listening is a skill many students need help with. Some are naturals at it. Others might be bad at …

Reading for Comprehension Isn’t Enough

<b>Resistance Reading and Counter-Narratives</b><p>Two key critical literacy strategies, resistance reading and writing counter-narratives, assist students …

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

Finally Want to Change Your Life? Ask Yourself This 1 Question

According to Tim Ferriss, this small mental shift can instantly increase your grit.<p>It's gotta be fun to be Tim Ferriss. The best-selling author also hosts a popular podcast that features in-depth conversations with an incredible range of super achievers, from sports stars to artists to billionaire …

What schools looked like the year you were born

1/<p>1942<p>AP<p>The students in a Seattle, Washington, high school duck for shelter beneath their desks during a mock air raid in 1942.<p>2/<p>1944<p>AP<p>Student Dan …

Teaching Text Structure Improves Reading Comprehension

<i>Post by Joanna P. Williams, Teachers College, Columbia University</i><p>Many children who do not have trouble learning <i>how</i> to read do have trouble …

Pedagogy

10 Free Tech Tools & Websites Every Teacher Should Know About

Photograph courtesy MaxPixel. Public domain<p>Confession: I was a late tech adopter.<p>I didn’t own a computer until I was in college. I couldn’t record on …

Education Technology

How Can I Teach with Books that are Two Years Above Student Reading Levels?

Blast from the past: Originally posted February 2, 2013; re-issued October 26, 2017. I have gotten similar questions the past few days so thought it …

Teaching

The Secret to Long-Term Motivation: Planning Backwards

In time, you'll no longer dread Monday mornings - you'll be up at 5 AM ahead of your alarm clock.<p><i>What is your daily driver as a start-up founder and entrepreneur? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</i> …

What every teacher should know about ... memory

In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory<p>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – …

Pedagogy

Teaching English in the Age of Trump

The guardians of America's young minds are rethinking the high school canon—and how they teach it.<p>As the Donald Trump candidacy unexpectedly evolved into the Trump presidency, Americans were quick to find parallels between current events and classic literature. Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative …

High School

Why School Sucks (hint: it’s not because it’s “boring”)

Read the title. Now notice that I said school, NOT education. Yes, there is a difference.<p>This fall I’m going to be a Sophomore in high school, and …

Doctors With Disabilities: Why They’re Important

Growing up, my sister never let our family get a blue “handicapped” placard for the car.<p>Born three months prematurely with cerebral palsy, she uses forearm crutches to get around. But she’d rather walk half a mile across a mall’s parking lot than take the reserved spot next to the entrance. (I …

Disability

Three words make brainstorming sessions at Google, Facebook, and IDEO more productive

Brainstorming can be a tricky business. There’s the awkward silence when your boss asks a far-fetched question and no one knows how to respond. The fear that you’ll toss out an idea only to draw blank stares. The collective sense of disappointment when the whole team <i>wants</i> to help, but can’t come up …

Design

20 Streaming Services That Aren’t Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime

From art-house movies to British TV to anime and Bollywood, here is a sampling of the expansive world of (legal) online streaming.<p>It's been 10 years since Netflix first opened our eyes to the world of streaming movies and TV shows directly to our computers. A year later, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video …

How math education can catch up to the 21st century

In 1939, the fictional professor J. Abner Pediwell published a curious book called “The Saber-Tooth Curriculum.”<p>Through a series of satirical …

Grading Smarter, Not Harder—PD Online Course

Description<p>This course is based on the ASCD book <i>Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn</i> (2014) by …

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?

<b>Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.</b><b>Now it is rethinking how it teaches in the digital age - seeking to place skills, as much as subjects, at the heart of what it does. But not everyone is happy, and there are fears</b> …

Problem-Based Learning

Here's a complex ACT geometry question that stops students in their tracks — see if you can solve it

Remember those standardized test questions that always used to stump you?<p>Well, they still exist.<p>And they're still hard to solve, even if you're an adult now and have successfully taken the SAT and/or ACT once or even a few times.<p>We spoke with Tom Rose, the co-founder of Testive, which offers SAT …

Mathematics

Empowered or Entitled?

<i>I am writing to understand my learning…Hopefully, I can work this out through a blog post…</i>In a recent workshop, I was asked an interesting question …

Our kids will face a workplace that is completely different from today's — here's how to prepare them

It regularly tests these abilities and, if you do well, you are promised to get into a good college, have a successful career and live a happy, prosperous life.<p>Unfortunately, those promises have become empty. Today, when we all carry around supercomputers in our pocket, tasks like remembering facts …

Communication Skills

These Rare Color Photos From the Second World War Are Incredible

A new book published by the Imperial War Museum features a rare collection of color photos from World War II, some of which haven’t been seen in over …

13 Jobs to Get You Out of the Classroom But Not Out of Education

The high stakes associated with teaching aren’t a secret. As educators, we’re acutely aware of the significant demands of teaching. When I hear …

Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding

Across the hall, Chris’s colleague Aaron Hall is also using choice for a quick check-in. While Chris offered choice to allow students to …

Participation Points: Making Student Engagement Visible

As I contemplate my syllabi for a new semester, I possess renewed hope for students eager to discuss <i>anything</i> at 8 a.m., yet I have taught long enough …

A New York SAT tutor who charges $1,500 an hour shares his top pieces of advice for nailing the exam

Anthony-James Green, a New York City-based SAT and ACT tutor, experiences firsthand the lengths to which families will go to improve their students' scores. His $1,500-an-hour price tag may seem hefty, but to the families who want to see significant improvement in test scores, it's worth the …

College & University

11 Ways to Become a Real Writer (None Involving Student-Loan Debt!)

1. Yes, inspiration is important. And yes, writers are the best procrastinators. But to become a writer, you do have to eventually hit those keys. So just start now. To put it bluntly: “There’s no muse—just crank it out,” says Stephanie Clifford, author of .<p>2. Allot yourself at least a half hour …

Student Finance