Lynne Diligent

499 Flips | 87 Magazines | 1 Like | 48 Followers | @LynneDiligent | Specialist in Education and Intercultural Topics.  A North American living in North Africa for 25 years.

Bill To Improve Third-Grade Reading Hung Up Over Holding Back Students

<i>By David Eggert, Associated Press</i><p><b>LANSING (AP) –</b> An initiative to improve Michigan third-graders’ reading is caught up in a dispute among lawmakers …

Why Certain Jobs Are Not Designed to Pay a “Living Wage”

When I was an executive secretary, I thought I could stay in that job, if only people were willing to pay more. I was an excellent secretary. Only …

Employment

10 Reasons Why People Who Read a Lot Are More Likely to Be Good Leaders

You know what makes highly successful people less stressed, happier and more productive? They know that their personal priorities are worth more than …

Success

Fear and Respect- Different Management Styles

In the workplace, there are two major management styles, fear, and respect. The common management style, fear, is actually a lot less productive in …

Be a Better Blogger by Reading other Blogs like This

It’s day 4 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog where today’s challenge is to take a little time to do something that I wrote about last year that has …

Social Media

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Quora

Why Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Joe Konrath and Others Are Switching To Indie Publishing - At Least On Some of Their Books

One of the most pungent, entertaining and candid dialogues you may ever read between two indie writers, available in transcript, came in March 2011 …

Apple's mistake was hooking up with the book-publishing cartel

Apple may be trying to keep the spotlight on its latest foray into the streaming-music business, but it is also still trying to clean up the mess …

Amazon and Oyster Books: Comparing How Writers Get Paid

Say what you will about Amazon’s new plan to pay a very small subset of authors based on the number of pages they read in a book downloaded in its …

Amazon Shocks Authors with New Kindle Unlimited Payment Policy: What Are the Pros and Cons?

<i>Our sincere thanks to Wise Ink Creative Publishing for this guest post – We’re excited to hear YOUR thoughts on Amazon’s newest payment strategy…</i> …

Self Publishing – The Errors of My Ways…

Like many budding authors I felt on top of the world when I completed my first book. The euphoria was quickly replaced by the stark realisation that …

Writing

Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually

Contrary to Sam Leith’s complaints last week, commercial publishers continue to take risks, and put out great and original work<p>In his article last week, Sam Leith deplored the state of mainstream trade publishing, saying it was “getting dumber by the day”, in contrast to the university presses …

Tell Your Own Story: Write, Market and Publish Your First Book

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>May I ask you a personal question? When you look back over the past five years of your life, do you find yourself in the place you thought you’d be? Be honest. Have you:<p>Started that great business you had in your head five years …

Writing

Russell Smith: How to publish a book in Canada

Last weekend, Globe and Mail books editor Mark Medley published a long and thoughtful look at the new giant publishing company that has just formed in Canada: Penguin Random House, the conglomerate formed by at least five former independent companies. It will dominate the literary landscape. Well, …

This Courtroom Reunion Between a Judge and Her Former Middle School Classmate Will Break Your Heart

"This was the nicest kid in school," she said.<p>A courtroom in Hialeah, Florida, was the scene of an unusual class reunion this week when a judge recognized a suspect on trial for burglary as a former classmate, NBC reports.<p>Arthur Booth, 49, was in court on a bond hearing Thursday following an arrest …

Tunisia ill-prepared to tackle homegrown threat as jihadi tide turns

Government initially seemed to have little interest in stopping exodus of young people to foreign conflicts. Now, with controls on movement virtually meaningless, it has little choice but to try to tackle them at home<p>To most of his classmates, Seifeddine Rezgui was a diligent student chasing top …

“Foolish Spending Habits” of the Poor – Now Explained by Economists

In America, middle-class people get angry when they see the poor buying <i>steak and lobster</i> with their food stamps, especially when <i>they themselves</i> <i>can’t</i> …

Bread

The 10 Best Cafes In Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, a former imperial city in Western Morocco, is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco. With a densely packed medina, …

27 Ridiculously Cool Homeschool Rooms That Will Inspire You

Class is in session.

The Rich Mythology and Megalithic Culture of the Ancient Berbers, Lords of the Desert

The Barbary Coast of North Africa was named after the Berbers, the nomadic people who inhabited the region west of the Nile Valley in north Africa. …

Why Foreigners Sometimes Think that Americans View the World as Geography Cartoons Depict

What Americans are first taught about the world as children. This looks like a 1970-2005 point-of-view.<p>These maps represent what Americans are first …

Should Tutors Help Students Who Haven’t Done ANY of Their Own Reading?

Sometimes I tutor students who have been allowed to advance to a grade far beyond their reading level. Special help (other than ordinary private …

A Middle-School Student Tells All: “What Moroccan Parents Need to Know!”

By Aicha Sadik<p>Rabat – <b>Being a teacher, I often hear the complaints of middle-school students.</b><p>Many students feel like they are subject to “the Law of …

Morocco Mall’s Entrance Rules Have Women’s Full Support

By Aicha Sadik<p>Morocco World News<p>Rabat, February 5, 2013<p>Twitter is currently filled with comments of outrage about the entrance rules for Morocco …

HPV in Morocco: Fatima Zohra and Mohamed’s Story (Part I)

By Aicha Sadik<p>Morocco World News<p>Rabat, February 4, 2013<p>Fatima-Zohra and Mohamed had been happily married for six months, when she and her husband …

Expat Problem: Neighborhood Cats Jumping IN Through the Windows

I never imagined that neighborhood street cats jumping <i>IN</i> to our house through the windows would be a problem when I first became an expat. It also …

What Happened to Centigrade? Confusion Over the Celsius Temperature Scale…

When I started teaching elementary school (as a second career in 1995), I was very surprised to find all the new textbooks now referring to the …

Acorns from the Cork Oak Tree Can Be Cooked and Eaten Like Chestnuts

Map of the habitat range of the Cork Oak, or Quercus suber<p>Most commonly known for its use in making cork, the Cork Oak tree’s acorns are a delicious …

What Do Teachers Make?

Taylor Mali was at a dinner party. Another dinner guest said, “The problem with teachers is, ‘What’s a kid going to learn in life from someone who …