Vanessa Keen

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A Look Back: A Super Tool To Help When You Have A Sub

<b>Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

19 Instagrams You Should Follow If You're Slightly Obsessed With Pretty Handwriting

Say yes to penmanship porn.

The Comprehensive History of Summer Olympics Fashion

All the spandex, all the short-shorts.<p>We're nearly at the launch of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, where we celebrate the greatest athletes of our time from around the world. But their performances in the modern age owe those split-second wins not only to athletic prowess, but to the …

CHOICE tests sour lollies; warns parents about dangerous health implications for children

If you grew up in the 90s you'll probably remember Warheads, the painfully sour lolly that made your mouth and eyes water. A new CHOICE report …

Teaching Students Team Collaboration Skills Using Five Dysfunctions Team

There is a popular and wise mantra in education that goes like this: Don’t assess anything that you don’t teach.<p>It’s common sense, even if the …

7 summer superfood breakfast recipes to try this week

A round up of our favourite superfood recipes to kick-start your day<p><i>Image: Yellow Kite by Ella Woodward</i><p>They say that breakfast is the most important …

Breakfast

Teach Students to Write Strong Paragraphs

When students struggle to write coherent essays or can't explain their evidence well enough, it often boils down to this: they need help learning to …

Construction

14 Of The Most Buzzed-About Books Of 2016

(So far.)<p>Below are the books that have been highest-rated by users, and that are also getting added to tons of "Want to Read" lists.

The World's Most Perfect Roast Chicken

Not an overstatement.<p>There are some foods that, when you really nail them—like really, really hit them exactly on the head—they can change your life. Take brownies, for one. You get the exact texture—the perfect mix between fudge-y and cakey—and it's transformative. (I, for one, love Ina Garten's …

9 Books You Should Read Before They Become Movies This Year

Get to them before the directors do!<p>1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them<p>Apart from all you Potterheads out there, the majority of people might not know <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> is actually a mini-book released by Newt Scamander a.k.a. J.K. Rowling in 2001. What you most likely …

5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom

1. Letters on a Rubric<p>This year, I made the decision that on every rubric and scoring guide for a major assignment, I would begin with a brief, …

Hook, line, and sinker: the best opening lines in children’s and young adult fiction

You only get one chance at a first impression, and never is this truer than with the opening lines of books. <b>Ciara Murphy</b> compiles some of her favourites, from The Catcher in the Rye to Twilight, and The Hobbit to Harry Potter<p>• What are yours? Email us at childrens.books@theguardian.com or get in …

6 poems to read on Christmas Day

Reading poetry on Christmas might not be a widespread tradition, but maybe it should be. With all the clamor of kids playing with their new toys, family members catching up with one another and basketball blaring on the TV, it's probably a good idea to reserve a little time to yourself.<p>If it's all …

Literature

18 Photos Of Badass Girl Athletes Who Know They Can Do Anything

#ShePlaysWeWin<p>Photographer Christin Rose hopes her latest series will empower young girls through sports.<p>Titled "She Plays, We Win," the project features fierce photos of young female athletes ages 7 to 14. "I'm inspired by tough little girls everywhere -- by their chipped nail polish, skinned-up …

Women's Sports

The 12 cartoons of Christmas – by Quentin Blake, Judith Kerr, Posy Simmonds and more

Art and design,Culture,Illustration,Design,Quentin Blake,Posy Simmonds,Judith Kerr,Peter Blake,Shaun Tan<p>Knackered Santas, tattooed snowmen and elephant-riding magi – it’s a cliche-free cartoon Christmas

Cartoons

All About That Brine: Corned Beef Isn't Hard

<i>We paired up with All-Clad to invite chefs from around the country to cook with us in our test kitchen. Today it's Hugh Acheson, author of</i> A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen <i>and chef of five Georgia restaurants, making corned beef in their PC8 Pressure Cooker.</i><p>"This …

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindset has become essential knowledge in education circles. The Stanford psychologist found that children who …

Pedagogy

11 Christmas Songs You Might Actually Want To Listen To

Leave it to the pros.<p>The "Christmas spirit" can be a bit much at times, with repetitive carols playing 24/7 on the radio and Santa decorations cropping up before the Thanksgiving table has even been cleared. We get it.<p>But if there's anyone who can pull off a good Christmas hymn -- and make it …

Music

75 of Our Best Cake Recipes (Yep... 75!)

If it's not clear from these 75 recipes, we just really like cake... a lot.<p><b>Sometimes you just need a slice of cake.</b> Or...75 of 'em. We rounded up some of our favorite cake recipes, and then kept finding more that we loved, and well, here we are. Happy baking!

Dessert

Microsoft's OneNote is changing the face of education | On MSFT

Microsoft’s OneNote is used by people from all walks of life. In a recent blog post on the official Office Blogs blog, Sandi Adams, technology …

For World Teachers' Day, A Look At What Classrooms Look Like Across The Globe

Every year on Oct. 5, UNESCO highlights the importance of teachers as they work tirelessly to educate the world. Here's a look at the classrooms they work in.<p>Nearly three years after she was shot by Taliban gunmen, Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-teen activist Malala Yousafzai urged world leaders …

7 ways to prioritize teaching tasks when EVERYTHING seems urgent

I believe it’s possible to be a great teacher while still having a great personal life. But that requires knowing how to figure out what’s most …

Time Management

Can We Talk About Sustained Silent Reading?

ELA teacher Amber Chandler is in a quandary. She wants to give her students time each week to "read for enjoyment" but knows the research on …

Bridges

Some Excellent Web Tools to Give Students A Voice in Class

September 24, 2015<br>At the core of progressive pedagogy is the empowerment of students by giving them a voice in class and making them part of the …

Vegan Chocolate Tart with Salted Oat Crust

8 Servings<p>You don’t have to use a vegan chocolate to make this decadent tart—any bittersweet baking bar will be great.<p>October 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>Crust<p>1¼ cups old-fashioned oats<p>¾ cup whole wheat flour<p>⅓ cup virgin coconut oil, melted, slightly cooled<p>¼ cup light agave syrup (nectar)<p>2 tablespoons …

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6 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on The New Google Forms

September 14, 2015<br>As you know, Google has recently revamped several of its Drive services including Google Forms. This latter has particularly been …

Education Technology

10 short TED Talks for parents who are short on time but starved for intellectual stimulation

You aren't sleeping. You barely have time to eat, let alone peruse TED Talks. Here, talks under six minutes that will give you a quick dose of …