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5 Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

I wrote a post recently about ways that you can work smarter, not harder. As I worked through the list of techniques I’d collected, the post became …

How These Six Highly Productive Bloggers Get So Much Done

“Routines are important, but only if you make them your own. Simply copying someone else’s routine probably won’t work.” — Jeff Goins<p>Although I’ve …

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(Re)Creating Poets: How to Teach Poetry in the Classroom

When studying poetry, the first thing I ask students to do is define poetry. They must come up with their own definition (no dictionaries or devices …

Nurturing Literacy: Tips and Resources For Developing Lifelong Readers

Early Literacy Teaching Guides: MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS, an early literacy advocacy nonprofit, offers a wealth of resources for educators. And MWFB’s …

Teaching

8 Compelling Books to Get Kids Programming

I read a quote yesterday that resonated with my geeky upbringing and the shedding of tech’s nerdy stereotypes:<p>Thinking that coding is the nerdy IT …

10 Simple Lessons to Improve Your Writing

Each year after holiday break I told my students their writing would change forever. It was simple statement, but most of them did not take it …

How Community College Was More Enriching Than Going to Yale

New friends who first learn of my story as an un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rant and even­tu­al Ivy League gradu­ate are quick to as­sume that it was Yale …

Has education become a religion in Singapore?

<b>The all-too-familiar story</b><p>Go to school. Study hard. Get good grades. Get a good diploma or degree. Get a good job at a good company (or become a …

Developing critical thinking

<b>Options:</b> Print view<p>The ability to think critically is a key skill for academic success.<p>It means not taking what you hear or read at face value, but …

Five Easy Ways in Which You Can Encourage Young Children to Think Critically - Oxford University Press

<i>Kate Read, co-author of the forthcoming kindergarten series,</i> Show and Tell<i>, offers some practical tips for getting your kindergarten children to</i> …

How to Reason

1<p><b>Be open-minded.</b> <i>Errare humanum est</i>- to err is human. We are all short-sighted, and very often see but only one side of a matter, thereby failing to …

Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

<i>“The present education system is the trampling of the herd,”</i> legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1956. Half a century later, I started <i>Brain Pickings</i> in large part out of frustration and disappointment with my trampling experience of our culturally fetishized “Ivy League education.” I …

How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types

Great leaders think strategically.<p>They can understand and appreciate the current state as well as see possibilities. When dealing with today’s issues, they operate from a broad, long-term perspective rather than focusing only on short-term implications. And they can gather information and make …

Philosophical teaching will get students thinking for themselves again

Education would be more successful, and more enjoyable, if less time was spent teaching to the test and more time was spent teaching students to think for themselves. I'm not alone in believing this. In a recent Cambridge Assessment Research Survey, 87% of lecturers said that too much teaching to …

Critical Thinking and Our Children's Need for Deep Practice

A visit to Baldi Middle School, located in an economically challenged neighborhood in Philadelphia, is a lesson in education that works. That's because all of Baldi's 1,200 students are engaged, empowered and energized.<p>The school's leadership, with support from parents and the community, has …

How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills and Make Better Business Decisions

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you make decisions every day that affect the success of your products, the loyalty of your employees, and the overall health of your business. To make the best decisions possible, you need to think critically …

Critical Thinking

Never Forget: Colleges Teach Critical Thinking!

At least, that is what we hear all the time from college officials. Unfortunately, events often conspire to show that it’s just blather, such as the …

What is Critical Thinking? Open-Mindedness

The term “critical thinking” is used, in one form or another, throughout this site — but what does it mean? Some may get the impression that it …

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really <i>realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical</i>, and the right brain is so darn <i>creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic</i>?<p>No.<p>Just no.<p>Stop it.<p>Please.<p>Thoughtful cognitive neuroscientists such as Anna Abraham, Mark Beeman, …

How To Read Way More Books (And, Thus, Know Way More Stuff)

Humanity has learned a lot of stuff. Most of it is in books. So we should read more of them. Here’s how.<p>While many problems are new to 2013–what, exactly, is twerking?–most are quite old, like having a meaningful career or being able to do your best work. So if we want to be able to address our …

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Smart Teenage Brains May Get Some Extra Learning Time

John Hewitt is a neuroscientist who studies the biology of intelligence. He's also a parent. Over the years, Hewitt has periodically drawn upon his scientific knowledge in making parenting decisions.<p>"I'm a father of four children myself and I never worried too much about the environments that I was …

The Work, Life Balancing Secrets Of Super Successful Neuroscientists

It’s not brain surgery, but it is brain science: maintaining a sterling academic career while also crushing it on the homefront. Now, have you formed your village yet?<p>There are two things a male business journalist cannot comprehend: being a mother and being a neuroscientist. And being awesome at …

University of Washington

How to write your book's first draft like a professional

[This article was written by guest contributor Gordon Burgett, author of <i>How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes</i> and <i>Marketed Worldwide in Days</i>.]<p>…

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work<p>Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator. In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists, conducted a lengthy Twitter …

Free Guided Meditations From UCLA: Boost Your Awareness & Ease Your Stress

Previously, we've written about a growing number of cultural figures who practice transcendental meditation, with Paul McCartney, David Lynch, …

5 Strategies When You Feel Like Giving Up | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Whether you have a specific goal that you’re trying to achieve or whether just getting through the day in one piece is your aim,. We want to go back …