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The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Don't forget, the science of memory is key to helping students learn

Neuroscientist Catharine Young explains how memories are formed and suggests strategies teachers can use to make sure students remember information<p>Since the dawn of time, learning and memory have gone together like bread and butter, up and down, spaghetti and meatballs. These two phenomena are so …

The Brain

33 Books Millennials Need to Read Before Turning 30

To lay the foundation for a fulfilling career, turn to these classic titles.<p>Your 20s are a time for figuring out who you are and what you want from life.<p>While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the …

3 Very Good Timeline Creation Tools to Use on Chromebooks

November 22, 2015<br>A few days ago we received an email from a teacher asking about timeline creation tools to use on Chromebooks with students. From …

Are We Appropriately Preparing Students for College?

Education is changing—at least, most of us hope it is, albeit more slowly than many of us would like.<p>We no longer treat kids as empty vessels made to …

What If Our Teacher Shortage Is Actually a Leadership Shortage?

There are a lot of reasons why teaching isn't the sought after profession it should be, low pay and increasing pressure on teachers among them.<p>But what if we're missing something big here? What if our nationwide teacher shortage as cited by the <i>New York Times</i>, the <i>Washington Post</i>, and Education Week …

24 Pictures That Will Make You Lose Faith In The Education System

It...hurts.

What Wiped Out Three Quarters of Ancient Greece?

One of the great early civilizations collapsed in a mere fifty years, with 75% of the population disappearing a century later. What the hell happened …

Here Is A New Simple Tool to Create Educational Rubrics

October 3, 2015<br>Quick Rubric is a new tool from the folks in Photos for Class. This is a new web based application that allows you to easily set up …

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

Google Analytics

What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores

Hampshire College is a liberal arts school in Massachusetts that has decided not to accept SAT/ACT scores from applicants. That's right - the college won't accept them, a step beyond the hundreds of "test-optional" schools that leave it up to the applicant to decide whether to include them in their …

Secret Teacher: brilliant eccentrics are a dying breed in education

As I look around the staffroom I am struck by the fact that, among the piles of exercise books and unwashed coffee cups, there is an endangered species, dwindling to the point of extinction.<p>I’m not talking about the semi-corporate teachers who look like they’d be more at home in a boardroom than a …

Extinction

Quotes From Socrates That Are Full Of Wisdom

If you’ve ever fallen in love, you would know how good it makes you feel. It’s an exciting and at the same time terrifying sensation. You might be …

Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

In his latest book, "The Sense of Style," Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker explores the most common words and phrases that people stumble over.<p>The book is like a modern version of Strunk and White's classic "The Elements of Style," but one based on linguistics and updated for …

Linguistics

3 Important Google Calendar Tips Every Teacher Should Know about

September 9, 2015<br>Google Calendar can be of tremendous help in enhancing your teaching productivity and facilitating your overall instructional …

Teacher's Guide on How to Create Forms Using The New Google Forms

September , 2015<br>Google Forms is a powerful tool with huge educational potential for teachers and educators. Besides being free and easy to use, Forms …

Education Technology

The Original Human Language Like Yoda Sounded

Many linguists believe all human languages derived from a single tongue spoken in East Africa around 50,000 years ago. They've found clues scattered …

Here Is A Wonderful Google Classroom Tool for Teachers

September 3, 2015<br>Share to Classroom is an excellent new extension that teachers can use to share web pages with their classes in Google Classroom. …

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Linguistics

6 New Google Drive Features Every Teacher Should Know About

September 2 , 2015<br>Google released today a bunch of powerful new updates to Drive and Classroom. We have gone through these new features and created …

Why can't we stop for death?

The Black Mirror and The Worm at the Core reveal the human obsession with, and denial of, our mortality.<p>When he was entering what he knew would be …

3 New Important Google Classroom Features for Teachers

August 24, 2015<br>Google Classroom announced today the release of a bunch of interesting features to boost your Classroom productivity during this new …

You Can Now Create Excellent Instructional Tutorials on Chromebooks Using Explain Everything App

August 23, 2015<br>More and more of our favourite educational tools are making it to Chromebooks. After the digital portfolio app Seesaw, here is Explain …

The historical origins of 6 swear words

In fact, Americans swear so often, the US made airing indecent or profane language during certain times a federal crime. Cue the FCC.<p>For the sake of knowledge though, we looked into the etymology of a few of these words. (Some of which violate our style guide!) Learn where they originated below.<p>The …

Language

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google My Maps

August 19, 2015<br>Google My Maps is an excellent web tool for creating and customizing maps. Since its integration with Google Drive, users now are able …

14 Essential Google Search Tips for Students

August 17, 2015<br>Teaching students how to conduct smart search queries online is an important part of cultivating a digital citizenship culture within …

Google Search

An Amazing Speech to Text App (Works on Chromebooks Too)

August 14, 2015<br>If you are looking for a good free dictation app to use on your browser, VoiceNoteII should definitely make it into your list. This is …

8 things all great students have in common

Fewer people remember great <i>schools</i>.<p>Sir Ken Robinson — a 30-year veteran of the education industry who has taught in classrooms, worked alongside governments, and researched educational theory worldwide — finds this troubling.<p>In April, Robinson released a new book called "Creative Schools: The …

Teaching

5 Self-Control Strategies for Students

In my summer class, <i>Making and Breaking Habits</i>, we brainstormed a list of self-control strategies, including:<p><b>Don’t study in your bedroom!</b> Yes, it’s …

Why I Can No Longer Teach in Public Education

I am sitting here in my lovely little backyard on a beautiful Michigan summer day, drinking a Fat Tire Amber Ale, and crying. I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. A job I didn't want to leave -- but I had to.<p>A …