Michael Brody

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Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

As constant travelers and parents of a 2-year-old, we sometimes fantasize about how much work we can do when one of us gets on a plane, undistracted by phones, friends, and <i>Finding Nemo</i>. We race to get all our ground work done: packing, going through TSA, doing a last-minute work call, calling each …

The Brain

Teaching Professors to Become Better Teachers

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Between forkfuls of pad Thai, chicken and tofu, 20 Connecticut College faculty members listened as Michael Reder talked about teaching.<p>“The research shows that students love it when we share what we’re passionate about,” said the animated Mr. Reder, whose enthusiasm for teaching …

Education

KQED

Teachers would love to give each student individual attention whenever they need it, but packed classrooms often make that a difficult task. As a …

Teaching

Having Other Teachers' Eyes Means Also Having Their Ideas

A lot of what's going on today in Marna Wolak's fifth-grade math class is pretty familiar. She's got her students gathered on the rug for a number talk, something she does often, trying to get them thinking about fractions.<p>But a lot of it is unfamiliar, too. The topic is new — dividing whole …

Teaching

Can You Keep Students Engaged After The Final Exam?

<b>Don’t waste their time – it’s one of the guiding principles for high school teachers.</b><p>Start on time; end on time. Put off routine tasks (like passing …

Students

A Teacher-Powered Approach to Professional Development - Independent Ideas Blog

​It’s a normal Friday morning at Holy Family Academy, a two-year-old independent Catholic high school in Pittsburgh with 100 students. While students …

Lift Off

“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin,<br>Is a great equalizer of the conditions of men.” – Horace Mann, 1848.<br>At the time of his …

Harvard

Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Administrators

My previous post explored making summative evaluations less stressful for teachers. Now we move to the other side of the table, starting with a …

Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation

It's no secret that when most of us entered our first teaching position, we were simply given a classroom key, a policy handbook, and a roster …

Teaching

Harvard Business School Study Has Implications for College Admission

The pressures to get into college (or really, certain colleges, since most American institutions accept 50% or more of their applicants) are well-known. For high school students in particular, the pressures and stress of performance can lead to loss of sleep, depression, social isolation, and other …

High School

Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader

Photo credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan via flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)Elena AguilarSchool LeadershipSchools need …

Leadership

Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors

ENLARGE<p><i>David Kalt is the founder of Reverb.com, a marketplace for musical instruments and gear, and the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, a vintage guitar store in Chicago. He also co-founded and was the former CEO of online broker optionsXpress.</i><p>As the demand for quality computer programmers and …

Liberal arts

How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning | Jo Boaler | TEDxStanford

Student-Led Meetings: Empowering Student Voice

Overview<p>University Park Campus School (UPCS) empowers students to take ownership of their own learning and lives. A critical part of this practice is …

Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School

When Susan Cain wrote <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</i> in 2012, it was a big success. The book made the cover of <i>Time</i> …

Northern California

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids …

Students

Move Over Helicopter Parents, The Drones Have Arrived - Independent Ideas Blog

<i>​“'I always give my son a wakeup call,' the mother explained, 'but he’s not answering.' The provost told this concerned mother</i> <i>she cannot inform</i> …

What We’re Watching: Personalized Learning Event at Harvard

On Thursday, March 5 at 5:30, the Harvard Graduate School of Education will host an event about a new online personalized learning platform that is …

Is Our Grading System Fair?

<b>Is Our Grading System Fair?</b><i>“A zero has an undeserved and devastating influence, so much so that no matter what the student does, the grade distorts</i> …

Kids

Three Ways to Think About ‘Is It Worth It?’

In life, there are certain nonnegotiables we simply must have. Think food, water and shelter for starters. Nobody will ask, “Is it worth it to eat?” It’s just something you do to stay alive.<p>But deciding what to eat? That’s a different question.<p>Will I eat the bologna or prosciutto? Drink tap water …

Study: Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline

(Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons)Suspending a child from school may be more harmful than helpful — when a child is sent home as a punishment for …

Discipline

To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions

Before she became a neuroscientist, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang was a seventh-grade science teacher at a school outside Boston. One year, during a period of significant racial and ethnic tension at the school, she struggled to engage her students in a unit on human evolution. After days of apathy and …

Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence.

Carol Dweck

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still …

Note-Taking

We Have Student-Led Conferences. Why Not Teacher-Led Evaluations?

Photo credit: Savannah River Site via flickr (CC BY 2.0)Andrea HernandezTeacher DevelopmentModeled on student-led conferences, teacher-led …

Education

What If Teachers Took Computation Out of Math Class?

Math proficiency is a subject of a lot of anxiety for school leaders, parents and even national leaders. Employers and educators alike know that math …

Teaching

The Science of Smart Hiring

Finding great new workers is hard. A little bit of empiricism can help.<p>In the summer of 2006, Todd Carlisle, a Google analyst with a doctorate in organizational psychology, designed a 300-question survey for every Google employee to fill out, The New York Times later reported.<p>Some questions were …

Scientific Research

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

<b>Like most 25-year-olds,</b> Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or …

Google

Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Hunter Maats and Katie O'BrienTeaching StrategiesStudents learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, …

Teaching

The Power of Empathy in Leadership and Governance - Independent Ideas Blog

​When I was a young leader, I prided myself on being able to build strong teams. I understood the principles of a strong team mission and vision, …

Leadership