Jenn Gilgan

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Education: Change Is Here, But Are You Ready For It?

“Our education system is a mess; it is failing us, our children, our future” – a catchphrase I hear at conferences, during dinner and casual conversations.<p>This refrain takes me back to my school years. I remember sitting in class, listening passively followed by hours of rote learning and note …

Education

Am I The Only Teacher Who Didn’t Know About “BookTubers”?

The New York Times today has a very lengthy article headlined Meet the YouTube Stars Turning Viewers Into Readers.<p>It’s about an apparently huge …

High School

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More Like Bookstores

For 12 years Jennifer Taylor watched kids come into the library at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, California and struggle: “We’d have rows and rows …

Middle School

9 Signs You Have High Functioning Depression, Because It Can Look Different To How You'd Imagine

The stigma clinging to depression (and other mental illnesses) is as insidious as it is pervasive, operating in discreet ways that often go …

What Ever Happened To Common Core?

You remember Common Core. First it was going to save the educational universe (and help lift a couple of political careers). Then it was going to turn all our children into gay communists. Then, most everyone stopped using the words. These days, it’s considered more appropriate to talk about …

Common Core

Buy a New Car Since 1995? You Could Get Part of a $1 Billion Settlement

If you bought a new car in the past 23 years, you could be compensated for price fixing as part of the largest criminal antitrust investigation in U.S. history.<p>Americans who bought a new car or truck in the last 23 years could be eligible for compensation, thanks to the largest criminal antitrust …

Thursday’s Thoughts: The Day After Independence

July 5th, 2018.<p>Two hundred and forty two years ago, America’s leaders signed the famous Declaration of Independence, listing values they held as …

'Following Your Passion' Is Dead - Here's What To Replace It With

When someone in your life is asking the important “What should I do with my life?” question – have you ever told them “<i>Just follow your passion”</i>?<p>If so, please stop doing that. Yes, completely, and forever. Because it’s garbage advice. Among the worst out there, right next to the original food …

Self-improvement

5 game-changing TED Talks about education

All over the world, there’s growing consensus that our education systems are broken. Here are 5 TED Talks from educators who want to transform how …

5 Anti-Inflammatory Smoothies You Should Try To Blast Belly Fat

Sometimes extra pounds are a result of this equation: eating processed foods=chronic inflammation=insulin resistance= weight gain. You can reduce …

Nutrition

Infographic: How to make money by writing and editing

Writing and editing remain highly marketable skills.With the internet’s insatiable appetite for content, many organizations are putting serious money …

5 Lessons From The Failure Of The Gates Foundation's $575 Million Effective Teacher Initiative

Last week, RAND issued its massive and mostly negative evaluation of the Gates Foundation’s ambitious effort to redesign teacher evaluation, compensation, and employment practices in three school districts and four charter school management organizations. The foundation’s Effective Teacher …

Education

Our schools got rid of AP courses. Here’s why.

By Eight Heads of Washington-Area Private Schools<p>In an era when the quality and nature of American secondary school education are subjects of vigorous debate, it is time to rethink our curricula. Together, we lead eight Washington-area independent schools, and we have been meeting regularly over …

It's Time to Rethink School Schedules, Report Says

Much of a teacher's day is devoted to instruction, with precious little time set aside for collaborating with colleagues, planning lessons or …

There are two ways to read, but one is useless

Reading is telepathy, and a book is the most powerful technology invented.<p>Homer, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Woolf, Hemingway—these are names without a living body. We can’t talk to them, nor touch them, but their thoughts are immortalized through the written word.<p>Aristotle’s logic, …

George Orwell Reveals the Role & Responsibility of the Writer “In an Age of State Control”

What is the role of the writer in times of political turmoil? Professional athletes get told to “shut up and play” when they speak out—as if they had …

Noam Chomsky

The 11 toughest riddles in literature that have stumped even the smartest people

From the Bible to Shakespeare to "Harry Potter," these riddles were dreamed up by some of history's most celebrated writers — and puzzled some of its most famous characters.

There are only 13 actual vitamins, and you’ll die without them

But do you need supplements?<p>Here’s the confusing thing about vitamins: your life literally depends on them—but that doesn’t mean you need to <i>take</i> them. The best scientific evidence to date says you probably don’t need vitamins in pill form.<p>A recent systematic analysis of studies, published in the</i> …

These 10 Skills Are Putting Top Freelancers In Hot Demand

Want to make sure you’re always busy as a freelancer? Then it’s important to offer the services clients truly need today.<p>Keeping an eye on the skills that are most sought-after on major freelance platforms can offer some guidance on where to focus your efforts to stay current. Upwork recently …

Power BI

Unique neuronal firing patterns in our "second brain" observed for the first time

Using a newly developed imaging technique, a team of researchers in Australia has directly observed a unique neural motor firing pattern outside of …

Bullet Journaling May Change Your To-Do Lists Forever

<b>1. Identify and number your pages.</b><br>All of your pages should be numbered to make items easier to find. Number every page of your journal in the bottom …

How To Write 1000 Words In An Hour

When writing this article, I had one goal — type 1000 quality words in 1 hour.A few weeks ago, I got the rare opportunity to have a 20-minute phone …

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party</i> …

This Map Shows How Low States Education Spending Has Gotten

State policymakers who discover that they put less of a premium on education than Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad may want to rethink their budgets …

Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency

“GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, former head of HR at Google. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and GPAs and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t …

Pedagogy

Why it's so hard to help with your kid's math homework

Two years ago I walked into a car rental return center in Charlotte and interrupted Adrianette Felix mid-rant.<p>"I can't even help my own child do her homework, it's so frustrating, and I feel so stupid," she said. "What kind of mother can't understand first-grade math?"<p>Felix and I spent the next …

You’ve heard of mindfulness, now meet its young cousin sophrology

A modern blend of yoga, Zen Buddhism, hypnosis and psychology, it’s huge elsewhere in Europe and on its way to the UK<p>Mindfulness is the tried-and-tested tool of our times for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and more, but what if it’s not your thing? For those too twitchy to sit still …

Meditation

The No BS Guide to Healthy Fats

So you’ve jumped on the avocado toast bandwagon because the whipped, green goodness is full of healthy fat — which helps our bodies function in terms …

How Writing Everyday For The Past Year Drastically Changed My Life

Unlikely lessons I learned in finding success with writing so you don’t have to.Iremember it like it was yesterday.I was working at a fine dining …