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11 easy ways to boost your willpower and concentration

Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to filter out distractions and improve your ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. To find out what some of these strategies are, we sifted through the Quora thread, "How do I improve my concentration and willpower?" and highlighted the most …

Time Management

How to Get Free Classroom Supplies and Teaching Materials

Increasingly, Lilliputian budgets force teachers to reach into their own pockets to buy school supplies and teaching materials. In fact, according to …

Finding It for Free

Savvy educators' tips on scoring no-cost classroom resources.<p><b>Found in</b>: Advice & Support<p>It came from catastrophe. In 2008, the Cedar River overflowed, …

6 Wood Joinery Techniques You Should Know

Constructing projects from wood is a great way of making beautiful objects that will last a very long time. In order to do that, you’ll most likely …

Simple Tips on Making a Tabletop from Wood | Patrick Hosey

My nephews workbench

My nephew Mikey is the son of my recently deceased sister. I don’t have much family here in Las Vegas except for him and my mom. When he showed up at …

Discuss Current Events in the Classroom with Flipboard

Many teachers use current events to bring perspective to history lessons, examine government systems at work, demonstrate science in action, or understand cultural and social issues. With a Flipboard magazine, students and teachers can easily collect articles and videos and instantly have a …

9 Questions Every Successful Teacher should Ask

In this excellent graphic, An Ethical Island featured 9 important questions teachers need to reflect upon in order to elevate their teaching to the …

How Does Meditation Make You Smarter?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you don’t need to be told about the relaxing effects of meditation. The practitioners vouch for it; and those …

Meditation

Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about U.S. school reform (it isn’t good)

The previous post is an excerpt from a new book by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, titled “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Changing Education.” Changing education is what Robinson has been all about for some years, as a professor, author, and adviser to governments and numerous …

Education

DIY Thickness Sander Is Good Enough For A Guitar Shop

[Pat] is a luthier and general guy that likes to build stuff. In order to get his guitars to come out the best they can, he needed a thickness …

5 Essential Leadership Lessons From A Beloved Teacher Who's Inspired Thousands

If you’re fortunate in life, every once in a while, you come across an individual who has been so positive, encouraging and uplifting that you just stop in your tracks in awe. You can’t help but feel deeply grateful that you’ve crossed paths, and you’re reminded of what’s wonderfully special in …

Leadership

A Furniture Farm Is Growing Whole Chairs

Artist Gavin Munro is cultivating lamps, tables, and more straight out of the ground.<p>When Gavin Munro was a young boy, he saw an overgrown bonsai tree that resembled a throne. Soon after, he got a spinal graft, requiring him to wear a back brace to heal and align his bones: “There were long periods …

Furniture

Finland’s new plan to change school means combining subjects

<b>Correction:</b> <i>A headline on an earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Finland is ending teaching by subject. Finnish teachers are now required to teach some subjects together for at least one unit a year, but education officials don't intend to eliminate subjects altogether. This post</i> …

Education

Distracted by Rewards: Moving Beyond Carrots and Sticks

First Person<p>—Justin Minkel<p>When my daughter started kindergarten, this was what surprised me most: She was utterly distracted from the purpose of …

Tossing Out Teaching by Subject as Part of a Modern High School Education

Educators around the world have been making expeditions to Finland to learn the secrets of the nation's top performing students. Finnish students …

Education

How Steve Jobs Trained His Own Brain | Inc.com

Steve Jobs is one of the two or three greatest icons of high tech, rivaled only by Bill Gates and perhaps Mark Zuckerberg. He's mostly known for his legendary ability to create innovative, groundbreaking products.<p>What's less known, though, is that Steve Jobs was a pioneer in what was once a rather …

Meditation

Inside the psychology of productivity

You wake up with it in the morning and go to bed thinking about it at night: an ever-crushing load of emails, meetings, conference calls, and tasks that needed to get done yesterday. Family time means reading sales reports in the room where your kids are playing video games. For entrepreneurs, …

How can I make my life simpler?

Dean Bokhari<br>Start with "The Focusing Question."<br>“What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or …

Productivity

How To Generate More Alpha Brain Waves

Alpha brain waves are one type of brain wave that correspond to a certain state of consciousness. In terms of oscillations, they are measured by an …

Complete Guide to Buying Lumber | The Art of Manliness

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts over the years, while I’m not the handiest or craftiest guy, I do make an effort to expand my DIY skills when I …

Clever Design/Build Techniques: Using Sprung Wood as a Latching Mechanism

When any of us use wood as a building material, whether in structures or furniture, we typically do so because of its rigidity. We spend time …

Woodworking

Some Handy Resources of Pre-made Rubrics for Teachers

February 26, 2015<br>Rubrics are teachers' Swissknives. They can be used for a variety of purposes to achieve different educational goals. For instance, …

Why Teachers Make The Best Entrepreneurs

The best innovators, fundraisers, and problem solvers are often found at the front of a classroom.<p>These days more teachers are launching their own startups and developing products that may transform the educational landscape for good.<p>Great educators, unhappy with outdated books and off-the-shelf …

Teaching

Education Week

Grades are just a math game. This is what I told students many years ago. "If you know how to work the numbers, you can get a good grade."

It’s Time to Stop Using The Word “Retard”

<b>From Special Ed to starter in the National Football League, I’m 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, and learning disabled — and I dare you to call me retarded.</b><p><b>By</b> …

Gary Kubiak

A Very Good Checklist for Assessing 21st Century Learning Skills

January 29, 2015<br>Here is another great resource from Dr. Jackie Gerstein, one of our favourite EdTech bloggers. Jackie designed this beautiful chart …

5 podcasts that make history fun

History does not have to be boring, but it sure is easy to make it that way.<p>For many students, history class was at the bottom of the barrel in terms …

2 Wonderful Classroom Posters on Close Reading

January 24, 2015<br>Close reading is definitely a "survival skill" particularly in a world drowned in information. Close reading is all about reading …

Education Technology

Can Mindfulness Change the Face of Britain?

No-one is in any doubt that we are facing a crisis with the increasing levels of mental illness in this country; one in four of us experiences a …