Ammar Merhbi

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Stop Wasting Money on Team Building

Most corporate team building is a waste of time and money. I say this based on my 25+ years of research and practice in the field of team effectiveness. Seventeen of those years were with Mars Inc., a family-owned $35 billion global business with a commitment to collaboration.<p>Many companies, when …

Team Building

This is how to get in the habit of writing everyday

The habit consists of the cue, routine and reward. If you have a highly structured life, it’s relatively easy to develop even such a monster …

Creative Writing

The girl whose home could slip away

By Lucy Rodgers<br>and Alice Grenié<br>7 September 2018<p>Twelve-year-old Kamroo's house is on a hill.<p>It is made of bamboo and plastic sheets.<p>She lives with her grandmother in the biggest refugee camp in the world - in Cox’s Bazar, a region in south-eastern Bangladesh.<p>Heavy monsoon rains and storms could wash …

Cox's Bazar

WATCH: Can You Affect Another Person's Behavior With Your Thoughts?

Do you think that the private thoughts in your head could influence how other people — or creatures — act? The answer is "Of course not," right? Because to say yes would be to admit you believe in mind control or telekinesis or some other phenomenon usually reserved for superhero comic books.<p>But …

Here’s how to learn absolutely anything, according to a world expert

It’s easy to get discouraged when we’re trying to learn a difficult new subject. But according to the creator of one of the world’s most successful online courses, almost anyone can learn anything—with the right technique.<p>Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at Oakland University in Rochester, …

Language Learning

The Business of Ed-Tech

August was a very slow month for investment – not a big surprise as it’s the summer holidays for the Northern hemisphere. There was also no giant …

Deadpool

Excellent Classroom Management Articles In ASCD “Educational Leadership”

The new issue of ASCD’s excellent Educational Leadership publication is now online.<p>The theme of this issue is “Classroom Management Reimagined.”<p>Many …

Teaching

Building a Better Leadership Team through Trust and Quickly Resolving Conflict

How a global oil and gas company transformed its business and behaviors to manage through change

A Focused Approach to Teacher Evaluations

School leaders face many difficult choices in how to approach teacher evaluations with their staff in a way that is empowering and uplifting and gets …

Why Dewey Needs Freire, and Vice Versa: A Call for Critical Deeper Learning

By onNovember 29, 2016 9:40 AM<p><i>This post is by Sarah M. Fine, an advanced doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a</i> …

Pedagogy

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are 3 reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs …

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised | George Monbiot

The thrill of disapproval chimes disastrously with industry propaganda. We delight in blaming the victims<p>When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost …

Will Power

The 99% and the 1% - Drone photography of income inequality across the world -

A series of images captured from satellites in the Earth’s atmosphere, truly reflect the social imbalance on our planet. Of course, differences in …

BDS: how a controversial non-violent movement has transformed the Israeli-Palestinian debate

Israel sees the international boycott campaign as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Palestinians regard it as their last resort.<p>By Nathan Thrall<p>The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel – known as BDS – has been driving the world a little bit mad. Since its founding …

Non-violence

10 Ways To Start Shifting Your Classroom Practices Little By Little

When a colleague invited Joy Kirr to a professional development day featuring the Scottish design thinking expert Ewan McIntosh she didn’t think it …

Germany tells Netanyahu: “No, we are actually responsible for the Holocaust”

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stirred up a storm with comments apparently downplaying Hitler’s role in the deaths of six million Jews during the Holocaust.<p>In an Oct. 20 speech to the Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu claimed that the idea for the so-called “final solution” …

How Two Years Of Instagram Stories Has Altered The Way We Love, Act And Play

Millions of us have embraced the 'film it all' era of social media. But what at first felt like carefree fun has for many become an endless, anxious routine of 'brand maintenance' that makes us act in ways we don't like or recognise. After a late night epiphany, Olivia Ovenden looks at where we are …

Social Media

Test-enhanced learning: Using retrieval practice to help students learn

This and other studies suggest that multiple question formats can provide the benefit associated with testing. It appears that the context may …

You can teach yourself to read an entire book in a single day

There’s no better superfood for your brain than a book.<p>Reading is the best way to rapidly gain a deep, and broad understanding of a topic or discipline.<p>You can read an entire book every day, but it will cost you. It’s a massive goal and can be unreasonable, but it works for me.<p>I am selective about …

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

Instructional, Learning, and Performance Design

Welcome to Big Dog and Little Dog's guide to Instructional Design, Learning Processes, and Performance Support<p>Instructional Design<p>Instructional …

Neoliberal Fascism and the Echoes of History

The nightmares that have shaped the past and await return slightly just below the surface of American society are poised to wreak havoc on us again. …

What is the Muslim world?

Islamists and Western pundits speak of 'the West' and 'the Muslim world' but such tribalism is dangerous colonial propaganda<i>By Cemil Aydin</i>Read at Aeon

Religion

How To Create A Business Plan

Business plans have long been a critical document for new businesses. Are they still relevant? If so, what best practices and data can help you create a winning document that will help your business get the funding you need and ensure your venture lasts?<p>Before digging into the best way to craft a …

Entrepreneurship

What Works Can Hurt - Part One

Medical products are required by law to disclose their intended effects and known side effects. When you buy a bottle of Advil you are warned on the …

The Teacher-Powered Schools Movement: Transforming Teachers From Industrial Workers To Professionals

Julie Cook was ready to leave teaching. She’d worked in both urban and suburban districts and in three different states. No matter where she taught, she ended up frustrated with the lack of autonomy given to, and professionalism expected from, teachers.<p>Top-down policies dictated what she taught, on …

Los Angeles

The 4 Secrets of Truly Great Leadership

You don't need to be born a great leader to become a great leader. Here are the secrets of leadership success.<p>Leaders today are faced with a business environment that is complex, dynamic, and fast-changing. To keep their organizations on an even keel, every manager has two key roles to fulfill, no …

New book brings instructional design to online teaching

The new book <i>Online Teaching at Its</i> <i>Best</i>, from Linda Nilson, director emerita of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson …

Private schools are anti-democratic. Can they be redeemed?

What is the relationship between private schools and the public good? Opinions tend to be shaped chiefly by philosophical commitment to either …