Michelle Shimmin

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Why Would Anyone Listen To Betsy DeVos On The Subject Of Education? It Can't Be Results.

If Detroit is the DeVos model of “success,” then our nation’s education system is doomed.<p>During the hearings on Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, the Republican Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina asked why people get all hung up on process, when they should be talking …

11 Free Tools and Services That Every First-Time Entrepreneur Should Use

I bootstrapped my startup Jodilogik and launched the application inThe post 11 Free Tools and Services That Every First-Time Entrepreneur Should Use …

Optimize Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

See how a few simple tweaks could turn your bedroom into an oasis of restful sleep and sweet dreams.<p>Did you know that your bedroom can affect your quality of rest? From temperature to light and more, scientific studies and sleep researchers have found that our environments have real and measurable …

Why Fall is Perfect for Binge Reading

This is a guest post from Janiera Eldridge. Janiera enjoys feeding her book addiction when she not writing books that always feature ethnic leads …

Evernote, OneNote, and Beyond: The 14 Best Note-Taking Apps

Ever feel like you’re struggling to remember everything?You're not the only one—and that's why it's so important to take notes. As author Tim Ferriss …

The Best Ways to Organise All Your Digital Photos

Thanks to digital photography, everyone has a camera in their pocket and pictures are now instantly accessible and shareable. The only drawback is …

Interesting Teachers Are Interested

Russell Davies, all the way back in 2006, in a post called How to Be Interesting:The way to be interesting is to be interested. You’ve got to find …

Teachers Respond: Veteran Teachers Cry In Their Cars, Too

One in 10 teachers will quit by the end of their first year — and getting through October and November is especially tough. Having someone to support you along the way can help.<p>Turns out there's a toolkit to help — as we wrote about this week. Thousands chimed in on Facebook and Twitter, and in the …

Teaching

Why teach? and why teachers quit

A new research report by the KLM thinktank <i>Why Teach?</i> adds to the picture of a serious crisis fuelled by failing political leadership. As LKM’s …

Teaching

These guys are making bank by teaching online

So far, despite all the hype, few investors have gotten rich off the boom in online education startups. But that doesn’t mean no one’s making …

Haiku Learning, GoSignMeUp Partner on PD Delivery

Professional Development<p>Digital learning platform provider Haiku Learning and GoSignMeUp, a company that offers online workshops and training …

Education Technology

15 #ESL teaching ideas and a load of useful links for Halloween

<i>As it’s nearly Halloween, I thought I’d take the chance to cobble together a load of teaching ideas and links to resources for exploiting this theme</i> …

Be wary of wolves in sheep's clothing

There has been much talk in the media lately about technology in education, the large sums of money involved and the limited impact it has had upon …

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

<b>How To Design A 21st Century Assessment</b><p><i>This post has been updated and republished</i><p>Contemporary curriculum design involves multiple facets: engaging …

Pedagogy

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would …

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

So how do we help kids become better listeners? Check out these tactics for encouraging a deeper level of listening that also include student …

Teaching

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change …

Mindfulness

Preventing weight gain for women after 40: What to eat during midlife

<b>What to eat during mid-life</b><p>In our nutrition counselling practice we see a distinct spike in women struggling with their weight for women after 40 …

Middle Age

Want to Shed Pounds? These 3 Apps Will Kickstart Your Weight Loss

<i>For</i> InStyle<i>'s November issue, on newsstands now and availale for digital download, we teamed up with Google to uncover your most-searched questions</i> …

Apps

Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, a New Study Says

Fat was the food villain these past few decades but sugar is quickly muscling in to take its place. As rates of sugar-related disorders such as …

Diabetes

18 Seriously Helpful Tips For Healthy Weight Loss

No more gimmicks. Here's how to keep the weight off long-term.<p><i>This piece was originally published by Berkeley Wellness.</i><p>Fad diets tend to have lots of very restrictive or complex rules, which give the impression that they carry scientific heft, when, in reality, the reason they often work (at least …

25+ Incredible Novels You Must Read At Least Once In Your Life

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. —William Styron<p>Books …

Reading teaching in schools can kill a love for books

Reading instruction in the classroom is a key concern for all teachers and there are many ways to go about it. However, is our determination to …

Teens

5 Great Reasons to Read Books Aloud

“Fuming, Harry descended the stairs to Snape’s dungeon... ”<p>Moments ago in my family’s car, the 10-year-old and 16-year-old were bickering about …

Could the Future of Reading be Text Plus Audio? | The Digital Reader

Shares 184<p>When it comes to reading on paper versus reading digitally, there are a hundred and one conflicting and contradictory studies that show …

2015 National Book Awards

Young People's Literature<p>Longlist:<p>Becky Albertalli, <i>Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda</i> (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children's Books)<p>M.T. Anderson,</i> …

26 Very Important Nonfiction Books You Should Be Reading

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11 Books From The Past 5 Years That Are Worth Reading For Every Woman

Thousands of books are published every year. You enter a bookstore and you can surely get lost in all this variety. If you love to read, I bet you …

The 21 Most Popular Novels of 2015 So Far

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Ancient History