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The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list The 100 best novels written in …

Literature

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

I Parented Like a Chinese Dad for a Week and My Kids Do Chores Now

An American dad in Ohio looks abroad for inspiration and finds some insight.<p>By<p>Dec 19 2017, 4:46 PM<p>In 2011, author, lawyer, and Chinese American Amy …

What Do You Know About “Differentiated Grading” For ELLs?

Earlier this week I saw this tweet from the national WIDA Conference and was very intrigued – I hadn’t heard the term “Differentiated Grading” before:<p>…

Advice From an Educator on How to Raise Successful Kids | Inc.com

Every good parent wants to raise children who succeed in the world, but some kids do better than others once they leave the nest. If you want to do everything you can to prime your offspring for health, happiness and prosperity, take some advice from Marlin Detweiler, president and cofounder of …

Kids

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences

Education Reimagined defines the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered as shifting how we see learners and their critical role in …

The simple step parents can take to teach their kids persistence and grit

You’re at home trying to make fresh tomato sauce, but can’t seem to get the tomatoes out of their plastic container from the grocery store. The bottom latch is not opening, so you pull harder. Although you’ve never seen this type of tomato container before, you have opened many similar ones in the …

Self-improvement

Why French kids are more well-behaved, polite, and autonomous than American kids

If that's not enough to pique your curiosity, consider this: According to Druckerman, French parents have social lives and do things like sleep and have sex.<p>Sound interesting? These Crib Notes provide the book's main takeaways and most actionable advice.<p>How French parents talk to infants<p><b>They are</b> …

Parenting

17 Tips That’ll Help You Become More Productive (Really!)

Wasting time is so damn easy; these things will help you stop.<p><i>The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

12 Tips For Classroom Readiness

Reading Time: 4 minutes.How do you set up your new classroom? Some teachers choose to set up their classroom before the end of

Teaching

10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

When my son Ben was young, he only ate white food. Spaghetti, bread and popcorn all made the cut; broccoli and peppers, not so much. I couldn’t let it go. I formed spinach into “Shrek pancakes,” told him Batman loved peas and challenged him to string bean eating contests. I knew he loved …

Parenting

Easily Create Vocabulary Quizzes With “Wordsmyth”

Wordsmyth seems like an exceptional online dictionary that lets you create several different types of vocabulary quizzes. Teachers can get accounts …

4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier

You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.<p>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first …

How to Make Popular Cocktails | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mike Hagan, a bartender and a recent feature in our So You Want My Job series.</i><p>There’s been a trend lately to …

Beyond the Book: Summer Literacy Adventures

We are in the final month of school in Calgary and it is busy! It is so busy we feel it in our breath, our movements, and every thought. At times …

Teaching

Here’s How to Empower Students While Also Hitting the Standards

<i>Student ownership sounds like a great idea but what about the standards? How do we teach all of the standards while also empowering students with</i> …

There Is a Better Way to Teach Math (and Understand It)

In 1939, the fictional professor J. Abner Pediwell published a curious book called “The Saber-Tooth Curriculum.”<p>Through a series of satirical …

These Are The Two Words I Never Say To My Kids, And I Will Tell You Why

We’re entering a tough phase in our house.<p>It’s this place where some of my children (or more specifically, my oldest child) have become old enough to …

Tony Robbins says a kid's future success depends on how you talk to them — here's how to do it right

Robbins is one of the most successful motivational speakers and leadership coaches of all time, with top CEOs paying him $1 million or more per year for one-on-one coaching. He spends more than 200 days annually running sell-out events (with ticket prices deep into the four-figure range), and he's …

75 Insanely Clever DIYs Every Parent Will Wish They Knew About Sooner

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Why Believing in Your Students Matters

When I hear statements from educators like: “I have the worst class I’ve had in years,” “These kids can’t do it” or “<i>They</i> don’t want to learn” my …

Pedagogy

The case for a screen-free childhood

Andy Crouch didn’t let his kids use screens until they turned 10 — and they thanked him for it.<p>Andy Crouch knows that he and his wife, Catherine, raised their kids in an unusual way. He calls it “radical.” They set strict boundaries around technology: no devices in the car. They can check their …

Ready Or Not (For Kindergarten), Some Research Says, Enroll Anyway

When I was 4 years old, my parents faced a decision. My birthday is in late November, so should they send me to kindergarten as the youngest kid in my class? Or, wait another year to enroll me? — A practice referred to as academic redshirting.<p>Since I was already the oldest sibling, they decided it …

Education

17 Reps to Build Vocabulary Muscles

Exercise Vocabulary Muscles Through Repetition<p>While technically not a muscle, a student's brain benefits from regular daily exercise. Where there are …

What Is an Elite College Really Worth?

As students around the country await admissions decisions, let’s remember what America’s top colleges are for—and whom they could really help.<p>This time of year, thousands of college applicants await e-notices and auspiciously sized envelopes from schools, under terrible pressure from their parents, …

Why Even Wildly Creative People Are Rarely Satisfied With Their Work | Inc.com

Have you ever heard a business leader or artist gushing in an interview about how proud they are of a particular project, and how it perfectly captures their original vision?<p>There's a pretty good chance that they're lying.<p>The truth is that very few creative projects truly match the original "a-ha" …

Creativity

24 Life Lessons From Thucydides

Life lessons from the Greek Historian, Thucydides — who actually fought in the Peloponesian war (between the Athenians and Spartans) then wrote a …

One Batch Of This Chili Equals Week's Worth Of Eating​ | Men’s Health

So we came up with a plan to take care of a week’s worth of meal prep in one session. You can brown-bag the chili to fuel your workouts, or, to prevent flavor fatigue, transform the leftovers into new meals using our fast, simple recipes.<p>You’ll need about 90 minutes, prep to plate, to make this …

​4 Ways a Tennis Ball Can Ease Your Back Pain | Men’s Health

A little poking and prodding can knock down your back pain by 28 percent. That’s according to a 2009 <i>BMJ</i> study that found “acupressure”—a form of pressure-point massage—relieves back pain better than physical therapy (although both were effective).<p>“Tension tends to concentrate around acupressure …

A British headmaster’s back-to-school letter to teachers is also brilliant parenting advice

The internet is awash in advice on how to make the school year ahead better for students and parents.<p>One teacher banned homework, to the delight of kids. An anonymous headmaster wrote a missive to parents, reminding them that they play a critical role in shaping their children’s attitudes toward …

Parenting