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LISTEN: Why all teachers (secondary level included) need to take a second look at play

If you think you know what play is, how effective it is for learning and when it should be used in schools, Dr Sara Baker (@SaraBCam) thinks you …

Teaching

Clean Up Corrosive Interpersonal Dynamics on Your Team with This System

“The consequences of not identifying and addressing conflicts and corrosive team dynamics are always dire,” says <b>Laura Gates</b>, whose work as an …

Leadership

The 8 Best Netflix Shows And Movies Debuting March 2018

Netflix is adding quite a few original projects this March, but somehow none of them are a gritty retelling of the St. Patrick story tied to the March 17 holiday.<p>Personally, I’d be happy to spend a couple hours of this month watching a man fight thousands of snakes in a MacGyver-esque scenario with …

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

Raising mentally strong kids who are equipped to take on real-world challenges requires parents to give up the unhealthy — yet popular — parenting practices that are robbing kids of mental strength.<p>Of course, helping kids build mental muscle isn’t easy — it requires parents to be mentally strong as …

Self-help

A Look Back: More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

<b>Over the next ten days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing</b> …

Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

<b>Practicing growth mindset:</b> Growth mindset consists of assurance, adaptability, and an openness to accepting assistance, so embolden your students by …

Self-improvement

Polarize your Thanksgiving guests by serving up a Hot Cheetos turkey

Interested in getting barred from all future family Thanksgivings? Consider bringing a turkey covered in Hot Cheetos dust to this year's gathering.<p>We …

6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

<b>Recorded Directions and Responses:</b> These are simple but powerful tools, especially for students whose reading and writing skills are still …

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

The suggestions offered here range from simple to complex, and anyone can start to create the ripples that shift classroom and school …

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

An analytic rubric would break each of those general levels down even further to include multiple categories, each with its own scale of success—so, …

Pedagogy

Preschoolers need more play and fewer scripted lessons, says early childhood educator Erika Christakis

In her just-released book, “The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups” (Viking), noted early childhood educator and …

Pre-school

'I Suck': How Guys Use Self-Deprecation Against You

By now, you've probably heard of "gaslighting," the increasingly popular term for the various ways in which men convince women that they're "crazy," …

Prominent Scholar Calls Growth Mindset A “Cancerous” Idea, In Isolation

A prominent education scholar who specializes on issues facing Black boys and men in education has questioned the utility of the popular concept of Growth Mindset. Dr. Luke Wood, a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University and purveyor of the nationally broadcast course …

Self-improvement

How to influence culture when you’re not the CEO – Signal v. Noise

“Culture starts from the top,” it’s often said.<p>But is that really true?<p>Surely, it is easier to influence company culture when you’re at the top. As a …

This life coach gets teens into Ivy schools for $950 an hour

In 2013, Chris Rim was the first student at his Englewood, NJ, high school to get into Yale in almost a decade. Everyone was shocked: Rim “only” had …

Minchita's Baked Pork in Thai Coconut Sauce

Minchita’s Baked Pork in Thai Coconut Sauce<p>Grilled or baked pork is a typical street food in Thailand. It is the way the pork is scored and marinated …

Rekindling Excitement for Familiar Classes

Successful teaching, the kind that really makes a lasting impression, requires more than just knowledge—it takes enthusiasm, partnership, and …

Cooking

Be a Hero, Roast a Pork Shoulder on Thanksgiving

Because even if there always has to be a turkey, that doesn't mean there shouldn't be something else, too<p>Naturally, most families would riot if you didn’t make a turkey. But let’s be real: Nobody truly loves the bird, which is why in my family there are two Thanksgiving nonnegotiables. One: There …

pumpkin bread

This is a towering, craggy pumpkin bread with a crisp cinnamon sugar lid that is impossible not to pick off in deeply satisfying bark-like flecks. …

Banana-Cardamom Upside-Down Cake with Salty Caramel

Banana bread was always a staple in my mom’s kitchen when I was growing up. Over the years, I have riffed on her recipe in dozens of ways: adding …

Sharing Your Best Work With Other Teachers

1. Create a TED-Ed Lesson<p>One of the best ways for teachers to share a lesson is to create a TED-Ed lesson. These three- to five-minute animated …

Teaching

Best Steak Marinade Ever

<b>You’ll Need:</b><p>⅓ cup of soy sauce.<br>½ cup of olive oil.<br>⅓ cup of fresh lemon juice.<br>¼ cup of worcestershire sauce.<br>1 ½ tbsps of garlic powder.<br>3 tbsps of …

Love After Love: Derek Walcott’s Poetic Ode to Being at Home in Ourselves

“Sit. Feast on your life.”<p>The great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has written beautifully about why learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves — a sentiment that the reactive modern cynic might dismiss as the vacant fodder of self-help books, but one which more considered …

Literature

15-Minute Dinners for One (So You Can Stop Relying on Crappy Frozen Meals)

As much as we like to think we'll whip up something healthy and delicious every single night, cooking dinner for just yourself can easily slip into …

Healthy Eating

This Easy Pumpkin Pudding Cake Is Pure Magic

No disrespect to pumpkin pie, but it's time to let other (equally delicious) pumpkin desserts take center stage this fall. Because, let's be honest, …

Dessert

Creating Buy-In for SEL at Your School

<b>1. “Accentuate the positives, but don’t act as if there won’t be challenges,”</b> Adubato advises. Remember, even if a change is challenging or …

3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class

The first few weeks of the school year often focus on creating classroom routines, and thus are a perfect time to set up cell phone expectations. …

Teaching

Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work

During the past few years, as I've reentered K-12 classrooms in addition to my undergraduate coursework, I'm learning that how I begin the day or …

Teaching