Avdo Jakupovic

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Ten Reasons Why I’ll Quickly Reject Your Story

This past week I've been judging Writers of the Future. Most of the stories come to us electronically, so much of my day is spent opening files, …

Creative Writing

10 books that will change the way you think about the future

1/<p>"The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert<p>Amazon<p>Combining science and history, Kolbert highlights humans' impact on the …

Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making

Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips<p>Should you use italics for movie titles? Do you put full stops inside or outside quotation marks? Is the Oxford comma for all lists … or just some lists? Should that ellipsis have had a space …

Grammar

17 unprofessional work habits that make your boss and coworkers hate you

If you answered "yes," then sure, it could be that they're generally disagreeable people. Or it could be you.<p>You may not realize it, but you could be engaging in workplace habits that make you look unprofessional.<p>While many of these habits violate the basic rules of common decency and respect, …

I Found My Work-Life Balance With 5 Changes

Finding my work-life balance has been an elusive goal since becoming a parent ten years ago. My world revolved around my career for a decade, and I always told myself that if I ever became a mother I would not let that change my course. Uh... that was one of many things that my 20-something self …

Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

To check my thinking, I spoke to Susan Cain, author of <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking</i>. "I hear too many stories of …

Pedagogy

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do To Make Your Writing More Awesome

There’s no magic bullet for being a decent writer, or making people bond with your characters or fall in love with your story. Writing is a million …

13 Useful Websites That Every College Student Should Not Miss

There’s a dark side to the conveniences of the Digital Age. With smartphones that function like handheld computers, it has become increasingly …

Time Management

Dear Nicky Morgan, I'd like to return to teaching – you just need to fix a few things first

Glossy adverts and ‘golden hellos’ won’t solve the teacher recruitment crisis – you need to end the toxic culture in schools<p>This week, the National Audit Office told us that the number of teachers leaving the profession has risen 11% over three years and recruitment targets have been missed for the …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

8 female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay help create an updated list of books everyone should read.<p>What can we say? We messed up. Our list of "80 Books Every Man Should Read," published several years ago, was rightfully called out for its lack of diversity …

5 Awesome TED Talks That Will Make You Remarkably Happy

There are plenty of serious TED talks, but these will make you smile.<p>There are lots of TED Talks about serious subjects like medical research, natural disasters, and even rocket science. However, some TED Talks are sure to put a smile on your face. Here are five of my favorites.<p><b>1. Dan Gilbert: The</b> …

Happiness

10 Tips to Live Your Life Efficiently

People constantly think about improving their quality of life. If they spend their days doing useless things, such as watching the Kardashians or Big …

100 Novels All Kids Should Read Before Leaving High School

Last year, a <i>Slate</i> essay called “Against YA” by Ruth Graham irked thousands of readers who took offense at her argument that although grown-ups …

7 Writerly Books To Read Instead Of Finishing NaNoWriMo

Come on, give yourself a break.<p>How time flies! It’s nearly a third of the way through NaNoWriMo already, with only a couple weeks left to finish a 50,000-word novel draft. We hope you’re hitting your word counts!<p>But if you aren’t, or you never bothered to begin with, don’t worry about wasting your …

6 Inspiring Quotes That Have Stood the Test of Time

A challenging morning can be made less difficult by reading a few inspirational or motivational quotes. Sources for inspiration can be found in the quotes of former presidents, successful business people, inventors or even your parents. A deeper meaning for each quote can be determined by what is …

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

A Great Collection of Educational Tools for Language Arts Teachers

Learn grammar by writing sentences and proofreading passages online.<p>Create digital stories using "stickers" of various objects and letters.<p>Learn the …

13 Must Read Books on Teaching Writing

November 1 , 2015<br>The ability to write clearly and coherently is an essential skill for students in any given content area. According to Daniels et …

9 Mournful Facts About Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Raven"

“Once upon a midnight dreary” begins "The Raven," setting the mood for one of the most recognizable poems written in English. Edgar Allan Poe’s …

Literature

The Seven Types of Poetry

The simplest but least useful way to think of poetry is as two types: good or bad. Yet for those willing to look deeper, there is much to be gained from attempting to understand and appreciate the wide and varied landscape of contemporary poetry.<p>One of the mistakes of the beginning poet is to …

Trail running: New Zealand’s Great Walks

It may be hard to believe that running with a wild kiwi bird can invoke the same level of froth-spluttering excitement as bigger-animal encounters on …

Short story vending machine promises old-school distractions

In the French city of Grenoble, there are unusual vending machines that don't dispense soda or snacks -- they print out short stories that look like paper receipts instead. These machines were built by a publishing company called Short Édition, which placed eight of them in public locations (such …

The one thing you should do every Sunday evening to guarantee a successful week

Most people spend Sunday nights watching TV, relaxing, and trying not to think about the challenging week ahead. After a calm weekend spent with my family or enjoying free time, I'm also ready to take it easy.<p>But, before I drop my head down on the pillow I practice one very critical habit to ensure …

Here Is A Great Tool to Help Students with Their Reading and Writing Process

October 17, 2015<br>Notetaker is an excellent tool from ReadWriteThink that students can use in their writing and reading activities. This is basically a …

Education Technology

26 unbelievable aerial photos of Earth

Have you ever wondered what the planet looks like from above? What it would be like to get a bird’s eye view of sprawling cities, stunning landscapes …

Scrivener: the pros' choice of writing app – now with 56% off

Many best-selling authors have abandoned Word in favor of Scrivener, an app that provides a clean writing interface and useful reference tools. Right now, you can pick up a copy (Mac/PC) at 56 percent off the MRSP.<p>Unlike a regular word processor, Scrivener is set up for long-form writing. It has a …

10 Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Featuring serial killers, brutal maulings, and unsolved mysteries, documentaries can be far creepier than anything George Romero has ever …

Crime