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Heavier Homework Load Linked to Lower Math, Science Performance, Study Says

The optimal amount of homework for 13-year-old students is about an hour a day, a study published earlier this month in the <i>Journal of Educational</i> …

From Zero To Ultra in 12 Months: How I Did It

<b>In your fitness life, one of the greatest challenges you can undertake is to run an ultra marathon.</b> While the thought of running a marathon (26.2 …

2 Math Teachers Consider Giving Up Grades

Throwing out grades can be a tough sell to many educators. I've heard teachers say, "kids need grades, how else will they know how they are …

10 Important Skills for Active Listening

January, 2015 <br>Listening is an important skill that, unfortunately, is not given its due worth in school curricula. Listening is the key to …

Education Technology

The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>God is seldom great. These dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty and suffering rather than love and peace<p>Valerie Tarico<p>January 24, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet. It has been corrected since it first published.<p>Some of humanity’s technological …

10 steps our district took to make a grading shift:

Over the last two years there has been quite a lot of work done in my district in regard to grading beliefs and grading practices. As a result, our …

Internet Citation Checklist for Students

January 12, 2015<br>In an earliest post I shared Internet Citation Organizer, which is a tool from Read Write Think to help students record citation …

7 Good Grading iPad Apps for Teachers

January, 2015<br>Today's list features some interesting grading apps that you can use on your iPad to grade your students assignments. Some of these apps …

Apps

The Four Noble Truths

"I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That's all I teach", declared the Buddha 2500 years ago.<p>The Four Noble Truths contain the essence of the Buddha's teachings. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the bodhi tree.<p>The truth of …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Motivational Quotes

Oct 7, 2015<p>It's the best form of medication.<p>Oct 2, 2015<p>It needs exercise just like the muscles of the body.<p>Sep 23, 2015<p>Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race.<p>Sep 18, 2015<p>Relax and let the run come out of you.<p>Sep 16, 2015<p>...matters more than how much you …

Muscle

Problem Solving Information

There are also several Seminars around problem solving available in the Information Centre.<p>This page provides a summary of the six sections above. …

The Math Textbook I Would Buy

I have reams of notes at this point, compiled over a month, scattered across two legal pads, all of them attacking the same issue from a dozen …

Most Math Problems Do Not Have a Unique Right Answer

One of the most widely held misconceptions about mathematics is that a math problem has a unique correct answer.<p>(Some of those who hold that view …

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information<p>I once caught an 11th-grader who snuck a cheat sheet into the final exam.<p>At first, he tried to shuffle it under some scratch paper. When I cornered him, he shifted tactics. "It's my page of equations," he told me. …

What do mathematics teachers need to know? – The Reflective Educator

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what knowledge is needed by mathematics teachers in order to be excellent teachers. It is clear to me that …

Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column

Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math's plug-and-chug, mechanical approach.<p>Common Core math is getting the works from critics: It's too demanding for most kids; holds back the speedy kids; not the same as what parents already know; makes kids cry. It even promotes "fuzzy math."<p>As a …