Laura Brooks

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Learn a Foreign Language Through Immersion Using TV Shows and Books With This App

When you’re trying to learn a foreign language, there’s no better way than being immersed in it. Language immersion, after all, is how most of us …

Language Learning

12 Epic Hotels That Take Glamping to the Next Level

When you really want to go camping, but you really don’t have a clue.<p>Have you ever wanted to go on a camping trip but (a) you have no gear, and (b) you’d have no idea what to do with it even if you did? It’s a dilemma faced by many urbanites. The idea of camping sounds utterly magical: beans for …

National Parks

Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

<i>An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016.</i><p>"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to …

Pedagogy

5 Massachusetts Prefab Home Companies to Watch

Prefabricated homes in New England have never looked so appealing, thanks to these Massachusetts companies.<p>Prefab homes—an umbrella term that encompasses homes whose components are manufactured in a climate-controlled, indoor environment before being shipped to a job site—are only growing in …

We vs. Me: The Power of Teams

<i>Written by Lemuel Kwon</i> One of the latest buzzwords in education is the “power of teams” or “collective efficacy.” My district (BCSD) outlines that …

Pedagogy

Growth mindset interventions yield impressive results

A growth mindset is the belief that intellectual abilities are not fixed, but can be developed. Do students who are taught a growth mindset earn …

Rising seas: 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map'

In 1890, just over six thousand people lived in the damp lowlands of south Florida. Since then the wetlands that covered half the state have been largely drained, strip malls have replaced Seminole camps, and the population has increased a thousandfold. Over roughly the same amount of time the …

Global Warming

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Now we turn to the benefits of helping students who find school difficult maintain a positive mindset as they persist in the sometimes hard work …

STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit

Explore ways to use STEM lessons and approaches to help students practice cross-disciplinary thinking and build skills in science, technology, …

August 2017 Journal Plus Magazine

5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s). They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us …

Secret Teacher: we don't need expensive gifts – a thank you will do

Not all parents believe in giving presents to teachers, and they shouldn’t have to. But knowing they appreciate our efforts makes all the difference<p>Last week, I saw a post in a parents’ group on Facebook asking what to get teachers as an end-of-year present. Some responses were ideas and …

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning …

Bullying

The Sixth Great Mass Extinction Is Your Fault

‘Billions of years to evolve such magnificent creations, now being decimated by humans in the blink of an eye, with no regard for beauty or life …

Why Constant Learners All Embrace the Five-Hour Rule

Benjamin Franklin did this 1 hour a day, 5 hours a week. Why you should do it too.<p>At the age of 10, Benjamin Franklin left formal schooling to become …

24 obscure but completely crucial life lessons I am teaching my son

My son turns two in a couple of months, which means that after waiting for ages for any kind of lucid conversation with him, snippets should soon appear. His understanding of my endless waffling and yapping will start to sharpen, and at some point I will be called upon to share my infinite …

Brad Pitt

Teach Mathematics Right the First Time - Educational Leadership

In mathematics instruction, a chasm exists between research and practice. For evidence of this gap, look no further than the mismatch between what …

ASCD EDge: A Professional Networking Community for Educators

Discontinuation Notice<p>The ASCD EDge® online community closed on July 1, 2018.<p>If you have arrived at this page through a link to one of these URLs, …

What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Yesterday was _____.<br>Today is _____.<br>Tomorrow will be _____.<p>Does dressing a teddy bear for the weather each day make optimal use of instructional time? …

Teaching

Seven Things Your Artist Friends Are Tired Of Hearing

As someone who was an art major in college and who continues to work in the field of visual arts, these are questions I've either gotten asked, or have heard others around me asked. And yes, we do complain about them behind your back.<p>1. "I wish I'd taken more fun classes like art in college!"<p>I'm …

This Is the Most Memorable Fourth of July Speech in American History

The anniversary of the late Lou Gehrig's speech serves as a poetic reminder of gratitude.<p>76 years ago this week, Lou Gehrig stepped up to a microphone in Yankee stadium and delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. He was 36 years old, and he was dying. Yet to a crowd of …

Communicator-in-chief: Where Obama’s rhetoric illuminated a complex world, Trump’s deceptive dialect dumbs down

<b>Barack Obama, Donald Trump (Reuters/Yuri Gripas/Brian Snyder/Salon)</b><p>You only have to read the first words of “Dreams from My Father” and “Crippled America” to see the stark difference<p>David Masciotra<p>June 19, 2016 4:00pm (UTC)<p>In America’s slow and steady move from a literary culture to an audio-visual …

Barack Obama

Leaders: 8 Steps to Be a Mindful Listener

<b>Today's guest blog is written by Valerie Brown, President of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in mindfulness and leadership training for school</b> …

Reading school teacher Jenny Thom praised online for setting pupils ‘best homework ever’

A teacher at a school in Reading has been receiving praise from social media users across the world after a weekend homework assignment she set her …

Draw Perfect Circles of Any Size With Your Own DIY Wooden Compass

When you need to draw large circles and rounded corners, you can build your own compass on the cheap.<p>Many do-it-yourself projects require the need to draw large accurate circles, but often times our compass is too small for the job. You can easily overcome that challenge by building your own …

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Greatness is often in the smallest of details.

The phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff”, is one that has stuck with me for a long time and something that I have honestly worked on a lot as a …

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Tips for the Beginning Teacher

<b></b><b>(As a student teacher and a one to three-year professional)</b><p><b></b><b>I. Be Professional</b><p>Be professional in dress, manner, and attitude from the first minute …