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Salman Rushdie to Grads: Try to Be Larger Than Life

Dear Class of 2015,<p>We have one thing in common: I’m leaving Emory today, too, and may I say that I’ve been coming here a lot longer than any of …

Literature

Matthew McConaughey to Grads: Always Play Like an Underdog

Short and sweet or long and salty? A sugar donut or some oatmeal? Out of respect for you and your efforts in getting your degree, I thought long and …

World Trade Center

Alan Alda to Grads: Everything in Life Takes Time

All around the country today, distinguished men and women are looking at graduates like you from the heights of our achievements and spraying advice …

Motivation

Katie Couric to Grads: Get Yourself Noticed

Thank you so much, Annie, Chancellor Blank, Wisconsin Board of Trustees, faculty, parents, family members, friends, distinguished guests and of …

Hobby Lobby

Tim Cook to Grads: Tune Out the Cynics

Hello GW. Thank you very much President Knapp for that kind intro. Alex, trustees, faculty and deans of the university, my fellow honorees, and …

Tim Cook

Samantha Power to Grads: Start Changing the World By 'Acting As If'

Thank you, Provost Price.<p>President Gutmann, trustees, faculty, alumni, friends and family, and class of 2015 – has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It …

Same-Sex Couples

Zanshin: Learning the Art of Attention and Focus From a Legendary Samurai Archer

In the 1920s, a German professor named Eugen Herrigel moved to Japan. He came to teach philosophy at a university a few hours northeast of Tokyo, in …

How to Find Your Bliss: Joseph Campbell on What It Takes to Have a Fulfilling Life

“You have to learn to recognize your own depth.”<p>In 1985, mythologist and writer <b>Joseph John Campbell</b> (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1987) sat down with legendary interviewer and idea-monger Bill Moyers for a lengthy conversation at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California, which continued the …

Spirituality

The Next Experiment in Education

<b>Correction appended, April 14</b><p>“Sit and Get.” “Drive By.” “Spray and Pray.”<p>If you’re a teacher, or know one, it’s likely you’ve heard one of these …

Education Technology

NEA: No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t level the playing field

The head of the country’s largest teachers union said that her organization does not support a bipartisan proposal in the Senate to replace the nation’s main federal education law because it does not go far enough to create equal educational opportunities for poor children.<p>“We keep asking …

How To Leave Work At 5 P.M. And Still Get Everything Done

It’s a pattern with which most full-time professionals are familiar–you’re spending increasing amounts of time at your desk, but it feels like you’re getting less done. The hours stretch on, the to-do list grows, and you find yourself facing a future where you might let go of your apartment and …

6 Indispensable Life Skills You Develop As a Globe Trotter

Traveling for me is always fun because I get to experience something new and meet people that opens my perspective on life. However, it isn’t always …

Self-improvement

15 Notebooks That Will Inspire Your Creativity

We schedule appointments and meetings on our smartphones and computers, we take notes on our tablets and even journal through apps. But for some people — or everyone, on certain occasions — our tech devices can hinder our creative juices. The practices of handwriting, calligraphy and even sketching …

The Most Critical Hour of Your Day: How to Set Yourself Up for Success | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Every hour lasts sixty minutes. But not all hours are really equal.<p>Sometimes, those sixty minutes will pass almost unnoticed while you’re racing …

Time Management

The Kind of Homework That Helps Coaching Stick

Managers can have a powerful, positive impact on their employees’ performance, engagement and development through coaching. When skillfully done, it can help employees clarify meaningful goals and make progress toward achieving them. But, many managers make the mistake of stopping the coaching …

Management

Pedagogy Before Technology?

Has there ever been a more exciting time to be a teacher? There is certainly more choice and opportunity, with access to tools that were merely an …

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

World Book Day: Female Authors Who Rock Today's Literary World

To mark the oh-so glorious World Book Day (and ahead of International Women's Day), we've rounded up some of the best female authors making their …

Books

The Privilege of Learning, Rethinking Traditional Schooling

In 2009, I was fortunate enough to visit New Tech High School in Coppell, TX…a “New Tech Network” school centered on project based learning and …

Learning Spaces + Coordinate Axes + Placemark Questions

I’ve been on the road a lot this month (three trips in two weeks), so it was a nice change of pace to present at a conference right here on campus. …

How Bosses Can Encourage Transparency In The Workplace

Having a policy that keeps your door open for questions and comments isn’t enough. Real feedback is required for growth.<p>Professional development conversations are an important part of any company culture, but how do you create an environment where everyone is eager to engage in these high-value …

Google Classroom Gets an Update

• <b>What does this mean for teachers?</b> If you haven't talked to your students about proper use of Emojis you might need to now.<b></b><b><br>5. Faster Speeds</b>• <b><br>As a</b> …

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 …

You Can Teach Someone to Be More Creative

Photo by Andrew Nguyen<p>Though our inspiration levels fluctuate from time to time, we all differ in our baseline levels of creativity. For instance, it is safe to assume that John Coltrane was more creative than Justin Bieber, and that the creative talent of Leonardo Da Vinci exceeded that of George …

Creativity

The Daily Routine Of Creativity

<b>The Daily Routine Of Creativity</b>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b>What sort of habits lead to creativity? Well, we first have to imagine these kinds of habits as …

Google Classroom Released Two wonderful Updates Today

February 25, 2015<br>Google released today some very good new features to Google Classroom. Teachers now are able to customize the look and feel of their …

Education Technology

Where blended meets personalized learning—and gets results

A coordinated, intentional program of blended learning is changing teaching and learning in the Nation’s capital.For the past two years, the …

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

<b>50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015</b>by <b>Class Central</b>Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by …