Lynne McFarlane

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The best way to help your kids succeed is steady feedback, not constant praise

When my daughter came home from her third-grade sports day with a plastic gold medal, I asked her what she had won it for.<p>“We <i>all</i> got a medal,” she beamed.<p>I looked at my husband, who had been at her school all day cheering her on.<p>“They got a medal just for showing up?” I asked.<p>He didn’t seem to …

Parenting

Response: Ways to Use Learning 'Taxonomies' in the Classroom

<i>(This is the first post in a two-part series)</i><p>The new "question-of-the-week" is:<p><i>What are practical ways teachers can use "taxonomies" like Bloom's and</i> …

Pedagogy

Work Your Obliques, Booty, and Legs — All in 1 Move

Get ready to work your core, legs, and booty — all while stretching your shoulders and back, and getting your heart rate up with some cardio. This move does it all!<p>Here's how to do a gate swing with a shoulder-stretching twist:<p>Begin standing with your feet together. Hop your feet wide apart, and …

10 Surprising Marriage Tips From a Divorce Lawyer Who's Seen It ALL

What do you do when your marriage is in trouble? If you’re like most people, you look for help. Yet the last person most people would ever go to for marriage advice is a divorce lawyer.<p>That’s not surprising. Divorce lawyers are generally in the business of ending marriages, not saving them.<p>But …

“Your One Word” Seems Like A Pretty Useful Idea For A Lesson

I’m a big fan of Dan Pink’s “One Sentence Project” (see The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”). In that lesson idea, students develop …

Teaching

Nearpod raises $21 million to turn mobile devices into a teaching tool rather than classroom distraction

Nearly 80% percent of American adults have smartphones these days, according to Pew Research. And the kids are catching up, studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest. Now, an education tech startup called Nearpod has raised $21 million in venture funding to help teachers turn mobile devices …

8 Benefits of Barre Class That Will Make You Want to Book a Session

No matter your fitness level, you can attend a barre class and get something out of it. As Tanya Becker, the co-founder and chief creative officer of …

Exercise

March 3 Is Employee Appreciation Day -- Do You Do These 5 Things?

Friday March 3 is Employee Appreciation Day.<p>Sure, it’s a day for companies and leaders to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. But while having cake and an office party are always fun, shouldn’t employees feel and experience appreciation all year long?<p>Here are …

Employee Engagement

If You Can’t Lose Fat With This Sprint Workout You Should Probably Just Quit Everything

When people talk about sprinting, they typically discuss their glory days – being part of a high school team or how fast they ran the 40-yard sprint …

High School Sports

The Best Resources On Classroom Seating Strategies

Classroom seating offers plenty of opportunities and dangers in any classroom.<p>Primarily because of space limitations, mine are pretty traditional, …

Teaching

Top 25 Fat Loss Training Tips

<b>1. Train using the most “bang for your buck” multi-joint lifts</b> such as squats, deadlifts, presses, pulls, and chin-ups.<p><b>2. Favor compound lifts over</b> …

Exercise

Bean with Bacon Soup

Pick through the beans, then rinse and drain them. Put them in a large pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Let soak overnight.<p>Drain the beans and …

Spices

We Tried It: Diane Kruger and Katherine Schwarzenegger's Barre Class

<b>What Is It:</b> BarreWorks Studio, a boutique barre fitness studio that offers traditional barre sculpting classes as well as cardio sculpt and HIIT …

Celebrity Gossip

How To Get A Flat Stomach Without Eating Salads, According To A Dietitian

With flat stomach season in full swing, we know its time to get ourselves into shape! In our efforts to get a flatter stomach, though, issues seem to …

“The more innovative I have become, the less classroom management I have to deal with.”

Someone who was reading “The Innovator’s Mindset“, approached me and talked about the impact it had on their teaching and learning. I was honoured by …

Pedagogy

Getting Creative With Video in the Classroom

I love doing video projects in my class. Here are some great ideas to help you be more creative in yours!Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology …

Canadian Humour

Shaping School Culture with Technology

Shaping school culture begins with effective leadership, which then permeates and fosters positive change throughout the school. This is because …

Pedagogy

The most common things people are doing wrong in the gym, according to 12 top personal trainers

While we all have that moment where we realise we need to get back in the gym, what exactly we do when we get there can be more of a struggle to …

Be Quiet and Listen: 3 Ways for Students to Talk More and Teachers to Talk Less

Ideas for getting students to talk more in class.

Teaching

3 Causes of Self-Doubt and How to Conquer It for Good

<b>“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” ~Unknown</b><p>Self-doubt and I are old friends. We go way back, to …

'We are not just teachers, we are people – and one bad lesson doesn't make me a bad person'

"And what do you do?"<p>"I'm a teacher."<p>"But, what do you <i>do</i>?"<p>Have you ever noticed that whenever we're asked that question, we don't answer it truly?<p>We …

Teaching

When it comes to heart attacks, women are different from men

On that November Sunday in 2015, Stephanie Thomas Nichols was 40 miles into her drive home to Townsend, Delaware, from her vacation cabin in Western Maryland when she felt an odd sensation in her upper body.<p>"No pain, just pressure, heaviness,'' recalls Nichols, who owns a software company. She …

#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 1: Trust your students and they will trust you

Teaching in higher education can be hugely rewarding experience. However, most of us teaching in higher education found our way into this role …

Pedagogy

18 Tips for Making Blended Learning More Student-Centered

Here are 18 tips from leading schools and providers boosting motivation, engagement, agency and collaboration by adding student-centered learning …

Education Technology

The Muscles That Actually Make Up Your Core

The Core’s Core<p>What we think of as the core muscles — the <b>rectus abdominis</b>, or six-pack, and the obliques, which span the entire side of your torso — …

This Is the Age Your Partner Is Most Likely to Cheat on You

Heads up.<p>You might think it's the wayward teenage years, or perhaps your experimental 20s when a person is most likely to cheat, but according to one new study, you'd be damn wrong.<p>The University of New Hampshire have concluded that for men, 55 is the age when your eyes wander, and for women, it's …

New Hampshire

Six subtle personality traits which mean your partner is likely to cheat on you

Working late all the time, being overprotective about their phone or laptop, shying away from intimacy - sometimes it’s all too obvious someone is …

10 Small Things You Can Do To Avoid Falling Into A Sexless Marriage

Keep flirting.<p>The idea of a marriage going through periods without sex isn’t unheard of, but we all know when things go beyond the norm in our …

This Quality Of Your Man Can Predict Whether Your Marriage Will Last Or Not

If you’re looking for something serious and don’t want to contribute to divorce statistics, besides all those boxes that you’d like to tick about …

Self-improvement