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The secret to loving your life

Sometimes life sucks. Bad. Really bad. And you feel like you want a refund.<p>But, of course, we need to accept that Life Avenue is going to have its …

Self-help

My Anxious Quest to Avoid a Million Crappy Toys and Follow the Doctrine of “Toy Limitation”

My daughter is almost 1. This Christmas, we gifted J. a carefully chosen little group of things: a Schoenhut miniature piano. A set of curved rainbow …

Kids

Learning By Thinking

A Conversation WithTania Lombrozo[7.28.17]<i>Sometimes you think you understand something, and when you try to explain it to somebody else, you realize</i> …

University of California

Unpopular ideas about social norms

I’ve been compiling lists of “unpopular ideas,” things that seem weird or bad to most people (at least, to most educated urbanites in the United …

Mental Disorders

How to live a happy life, according to science

Sometimes just being happy is hard enough. Figuring out how to have a happy <i>life</i> can seem downright overwhelming.<p>In his book, <i>Authentic Happiness</i>, …

How the most productive people power through their to-do lists

There's plenty of good advice on how to be productive. But most of it makes you feel like you need to turn yourself into a machine. You don't want to …

Rethinking reflection in initial teacher training (guest post)

So I want you to tell me what you think went well, what you think didn’t go so well and what you would do differently next time…Sound familiar? If …

This Japanese Pregnancy Diary Grows a Belly With Each Page an Expectant Mother Completes

Pregnancy diaries often feature sappy design that sentimentalizes the experience of ushering a tiny human into the world. But <i>The Mother Book</i>, which …

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryIt’s Time to Forgive <i>The Joy Luck Club</i> Inkoo Kang The landmark film beautifully portrayed the Asian American experience. Then Asian …

Homemade Baby Food Is Best. Sorry, Busy Parents, but It’s True.

Before my son was even born, I owned two baby-food cookbooks and dozens of plastic baby-food jars (BPA-free, of course). I have always loved to cook, …

Here’s How to Make Sense of the Coin Flip Paradox

Toby and Marla are playing a game with coins, because that’s what people in math problems do. Toby flips a fair coin three times, out of Marla’s …

Mathematics

Adding pragmatics to training: Example lesson

It's great that the field of pragmatics is getting so much attention in Business English at the moment. I see the Chua Suan Chong gave a presentation …

The “Good Guy With a Gun” Is a Myth

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association issued a passionate call to arms last year, painting a bleak picture of a dystopian America on the …

Guns

Cybraryman Internet Catalogue

Don’t wait for PD there is so much PD available online for free. Learn a new tech tool or technique<p><b>I feel every educator should have their own PLN</b> …

Report highlights 10 trends set to shake up education

The Open University has published the Innovating Pedagogy 2014 report, which explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment.<p>It proposes 10 …

12 Mistakes Schools Make When Introducing The Next Big Thing

<b>12 Mistakes Schools Make When Introducing The Next Big Thing</b><p>by <b>Grant Wiggins</b><p><i>Ed note: This post by Grant focuses on mistakes schools make when</i> …

Pedagogy

Try this it works! No.1: Practice makes perfect.

when I was a kid and trying to learn the guitar my dad used to tell me that if I practised something for half and hour, I'd be half an hour better at …

Giving feedback to English language learners

By Melissa Lamb, Richard Chinn on 29th July 2014<p><b>IH London teachers Melissa and Richard stress the importance of listening to learners as their</b> …

Easy micro-listenings

John Field has made the case for micro-listenings which are “examples of the same word/phrases in different voices and contexts” (John Field 2013, …

Contemporary educational ideas all teachers should know about

Key ideas from different sources.<p>As I was looking ahead to starting a new job as Headteacher, I was thinking about all the conversations we were …

You've got to have a system: vocabulary development in EFL - Oxford University Press

<i>Julie Norton, a university lecturer and materials writer, considers the benefits of adopting a systematic approach to vocabulary development and</i> …

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The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time

<i>WARNING: Reading this article may commit you to an eternity of suffering and torment.</i><p>Slender Man. Smile Dog. Goatse. These are some of the urban …

How I Wrote 400K Words in a Year

Unless it’s your profession, writing every day seems impossible. But with the right tools, it’s entirely doable. Here’s how.<p>I have been a proponent …

Three steps for improving ESP training

I've always been proud of my customer satisfaction figures. Naturally, when I conduct my appraisals of Kirkpatrick's 4 Levels, I continue to see a …

Lectures aren't just boring, they're Ineffective, too, study finds

Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A …