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What's wrong with academics making friends with students?

We need to treat students like the adults they are and have normal social relationships with them<p>A few months ago I needed somewhere to crash after a university social event and decided to stay at a student’s house. I planned this in advance, because I knew that I’d miss the last train home, and my …

Asking Questions to Improve Learning

When you prepare for class, office hours, and help sessions, compose specific questions that you will ask your students (or that you anticipate they …

Teaching with Lectures

The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an …

Designing the Dream College: Lessons Learned From a Month of Conversations With Students

I recently spent a month trying to answer this question:<p><i>What do high school students say if you ask them what their dream school looks like?</i><p>Two years ago, when I was a high school senior, people always asked me, "Where do you want to go to school?" There was a lot of talk about traditional options, …

Education

Teaching with Discussions

One of the most challenging teaching methods, leading discussions can also be one of the most rewarding. Using discussions as a primary teaching …

16 paradoxes that will make your head explode

This statement is a paradox in itself, demonstrating the complexities of self-referential statements, but it also suggests a crucial insight from one of the founders of Western philosophy: You should question everything you think you know. Indeed, the closer you look, the more you'll start to …

Ethnography

Guy who got into all 8 Ivy League schools explains how to nail a winning admissions essay

Enin, now a sophomore at Yale, provided really detailed answers about when to start writing your essay and how to craft a story that will catch the attention of admissions officers.<p>Somewhat surpisingly, he suggested having an English teacher edit your essay before sending it in.<p>Below is what he …

College & University

Define Yourself by Your Work? How (and Why) You Should Stop Now

Think your identity comes from your profession? Three reasons to change your mind.<p>Do you identify with your work? I do, a lot of the time. Ask me who I am and the word "writer" will pop up early in my answer, even though that's only one of many things I am. I'm also a wife, a daughter, a …

Empathy

Photo by @irablockphoto (Ira Block) Bactrian camels ride across Mongolia's south Gobi Desert near Khongoryn Els #Bactrian #camel #Mongolia #Gobi #desert #sonya7ii

Beautiful Houses: Doll's House

Today we will show you a beautiful house in Northcote VIC, Australia, a project by BKK Architects. The house is not only beautiful but it also …

Floating Hotel

Floating Hotel is a really cool option for those who love creative ways of making inland tourism. This award winning project by Salt & Water, …

Prisons could be put under pressure by planned lawyer 'strike'

Legal profession considers refusing new legal aid work in protest at fee cuts<p>Prisons in England and Wales could overflow and courts grind to a halt as lawyers gear up to stage unprecedented protests over legal aid cuts, it has been warned.<p>Barristers and solicitors will decide on Monday whether to …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

38 Rubs, Brines, and Marinades to Add More Flavor to Your Life

Tired of cooking and eating the same old thing? Add new life and monster flavor to your favorite recipes with these 38 rubs, brines, and marinades.

Cooking

Sasha and Malia Obama's Style Evolution

Charting the former first daughters' best looks, from the White House and beyond.<p>Since moving into the White House eight years ago, Sasha and Malia Obama's style has transformed along the way—and it continues to even after their father's presidency. Now as grown young women, the Obama sisters come …

Malia Obama

What Is Teaching without Learning?

W hen you take ideas to places of extremity, they become distorted. “It is not part of my job to make you learn,” Philosophy Professor Keith M. …

Disappearing Act: 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens

It makes so much sense: kitchens hidden behind accordion doors, sliding doors, cabinet doors—anything it takes to keep the clutter out of sight when …

Kitchens

36 Ways to Eat Sandwiches for Every Meal

Cooking

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Psychology

Judge: FBI agents who exposed a World Cup gambling ring by pretending to be Internet repairmen acted unconstitutionally

Suspecting that three Caesars Palace villas in Las Vegas were hosting an illicit World Cup gambling ring last July, FBI agents sabotaged Darren Phua's Internet service with the help of a hotel Wi-Fi contractor so that they could enter his hotel suite posing as Internet repairmen and gather evidence …

Corruption

Transgender father loses court battle over children's birth certificates

She claimed it was discrimination and a breach of her human right to respect for her private and family life not to take the description 'father' off the children's birth certificates<p>A man who underwent gender reassignment to become a woman has lost his High Court bid to have his identity as father …

When Teachers Cheat

Rampant conspiracies to alter kids' scores, including the one that resulted in the recent conviction of 11 Atlanta educators, attest to the dangers of high-stakes testing.<p>The social scientist Donald T. Campbell offered an insightful analysis of American education in his 1976 paper, "Assessing the …

Education

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Cocaine from banknotes leads to unfair sacking of bus driver who failed drugs test

Employment tribunal condemns 'flawed investigation' that led to dismissal of First Bus driver Alan Bailes, from Bristol, after he proves drugs test results were wrong<p>A bus driver has won a claim for unfair dismissal after he was sacked for failing a drugs test because he handled banknotes with …

Ellen Pao talks about 'a-hole' behavior at Kleiner Perkins

One of the first questions was also one of the most interesting: Why was Reddit the only place to offer her a job after being fired from Kleiner Perkins?<p>Pao answered that she thinks other companies were afraid of a backlash from the powerful Kleiner Perkins, given that she was pursuing this $16 …

Venture Capital

11 Psychological Tricks Restaurants Use To Make You Spend More Money

Yet behind the scenes, menu engineers and consultants put careful thought into the way you choose what foods you eat.<p>Here are 11 of the sneakiest psychological tricks restaurants use to make you spend more money:<p><b>1. They don't use dollar signs.</b> A dollar sign is one of the top things restaurants …

Hospitality

Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World

Around 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria food every weekday, and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. With this in mind, it's clear that school cafeterias are becoming crucial in the fight against childhood obesity. Sweetgreen–a chain of salad …

Healthy Eating