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To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved

Time management goes only so far; the emotional reasons for delay must also be addressed


Putting off a work or school assignment in order to …


Teaching, Reaching, and Inspiring Students - Independent Ideas Blog

Editor’s note: This blog post is part of a two-part series exploring different perspectives of professional development in independent schools.

The …


Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents:

Teaching quality has been defined as "instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn" …


Professional Development in Private Education: A Culture of “Good”? - Independent Ideas Blog

Many reports, including K.S. Yoon’s in 2007, confirm what we already know to be true at heart: “Programs that are less than 14 hours have no effect on …


Education Week

When peaceful protests turned violent in Baltimore in April, the district closed public schools for a day. When schools reopened, district leaders …


Back-to-School Night 2.0

Photo credit: Kevin Jarrett via flickr (CC BY 2.0)August DeshaisBack to SchoolWith innovation and technology vital to our profession, let's use both …


What Is Action Research?

is a disciplined process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking the action. The primary reason for engaging in action research is to assist the …

The Best Jobs Now Require You To Be A People Person

Are you good at math? A computer whiz? Well, great! Presumably your “hard skills” are a surefire ticket to a high-paying job.

Well, maybe that used to …

Social Skills

Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard?

Educators are eager to know how the computers popping up in their classrooms actually affect student learning. Much of the research has focused on …


New Metrics


In defense of screen time


PASSIVE The child watches content in this category with no real input or interaction. It’s a godsend when parents need the break, but it’s …

Game Design

Marc Lamont Hill Recommends Educational Theorist Maxine Greene

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …


How Google and Coursera may upend the traditional college degree

Recently, the online education firm Coursera announced a new arrangement with Google, Instagram and other tech firms to launch what some are calling …


If You Want to be Creative, Keep Trying

Test yourself: how many creative ideas can you generate for things to eat or drink at Thanksgiving dinner? Now, how many more do you think you could …

Thanksgiving Dinner

Can We Interest You In Teaching?

Teaching can’t compete.

When the economy improves and job prospects multiply, college students turn their attention elsewhere, to professions that promise more money, more independence, more respect.

That was one takeaway from a widely discussed story in The Times on Sunday by Motoko Rich, who …


When Success Leads to Failure

The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.

I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together. I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time …


Leading From Inside the Classroom | NBPTS

Editor's Note: Jane Fung, NBCT, is a first-grade teacher in Los Angeles. The views expressed in this blog are her own.

Several years ago I met a …


Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment, But Nobody Does It

We know formative assessment is one of our most powerful tools for improving student learning.

Keeping tabs on what students are getting—and what …


6 Surprising Insights Of Successful Employee Engagement

Leaders finally realize the importance of a fully engaged workforce. Now they should learn what practices drive and sustain happy employees.

Finally, leaders are now convinced one of their last remaining competitive advantages lies with their people. Businesses have begun to signal to workers that …


Schools are able to hire stronger teachers when economy is weak, study finds - The Washington Post

A weak economy appears to have at least one upside: Schools are able to hire more effective teachers, according to new research.

Teachers hired during recessions were significantly more effective, as judged by their students’ performance on standardized tests, than teachers hired during better …


Let Your Students Fail - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

By Derek Pipkorn, posted August 3, 2015 –

In my first post, I emphasized the importance of finding the greatest area of need in a mathematics …

Mathematics Education

5 Challenges We Overcame Moving To A Flipped Staff Meeting

How–And Why–We Flipped Our Teacher Staff Meetings

by Amy Arbogash

Staff Meeting.

There are often no more dreaded words in a teacher’s vocabulary than …


What the New Education Buzzwords Actually Mean

“Grit,” “mindsets,” and “stereotype threat”: a primer

Education writing is famous for its alphabet soup of acronyms and obscure terms, but it could just as well be faulted for trafficking buzzwords in search of clear definitions.

Ideas like grit, motivation, fitting in, and learning from one’s …


cbeyerle on Twitter

More schools are moving along the student choice continuum. #21stedchat @friEdTechnology pic.twitter.com/pnBLqWsuxR

New Teachers: Classroom-Management Fundamentals

Tips, Advice, and Strategies

Short on time? Rebecca Alber cuts to the chase with five easy management strategies that novice teachers can begin using …


Drawing On Our Own Experience: An Exercise for New Faculty Orientation - Independent Ideas Blog

​In mid-August, new faculty members congregate in the spacious periodical room of the Evans Library at Dublin School and set to the task of …


How Blended Learning Increases Teacher Job Satisfaction & Retention

As models of blended learning grow, improve, and reinvent what school looks like, their potential isn’t only limited to helping create a …



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