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Badges and the Common Core

Game-based learning (GBL), like the CCSS, places a strong emphasis on mastering skills. In a gamified classroom, students start at the "newbie" …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

Miley Cyrus: Confessions of Pop's Wildest Child

She knows what you think about her – and she totally doesn't care<p>In the backroom of a tattoo parlor on North La Brea Avenue in L.A., Miley Cyrus is …

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30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Teaching Emotional Literacy

Not only that, if kids do not have the skills to understand what they are feeling and how to properly label it, and how to regulate their strong …

Literacies and Fallacies

As someone who inhabits multiple learning worlds in libraries and public schools, concepts of literacy–traditional and emerging–are central to my …

Back-To-School Books For Students Of All Ages

HuffPost Blogger Devon Corneal is done. She's gone to every park, planned every playdate, caught a million lightning bugs, eaten every flavor of popsicle, Italian ice and ice cream cone, played every pool game and BBQ'd until the sight of another hot dog may send her screaming to her room. She's …

Poetry Isn't As Useless As A Lot Of Poets Say It Is

Poetry is useless.<p>That's the prevailing sentiment in our culture, as far as I can tell. CEOs and lawyers rule the world. Policemen protect property and keep the peace and provide material for television dramas. Athletes and rock stars and movie stars make tons of money and provide material for …

Why Teach Multicultural Literature?

<i>iStockphoto.com</i><p>I have taught literature at the college level for almost a decade and at as many as six different campuses. These have mainly been classes that were focused on non-western writing. One semester, I had assigned Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's <i>Purple Hibiscus</i> and only a …

Feminism

11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Following are 11 strategies, supported by education and memory research, for teaching critical CCSS words while keeping the cognitive verbs in mind:</i> …

Teaching

Literature, What Is It Good For?

As I get ready to begin another year of teaching literature and literary theory classes at my university, it occurs to me to reflect on what it means to teach such courses today. Recently, there has been another outbreak of public debate regarding what value, if any, the teaching of the liberal …

Humanities

New law lets teens delete digital skeletons

Remember that dance-party photo you regretted posting online? How about the time you over-shared your feelings about your ex or made that comment about Barack Obama?<p>All forever etched in the annals of the Internet.<p>Well, maybe not - at least if you're under 18.<p>Legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown …

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