Melissa Oliver

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25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read

Take it from these CEOs, founders, and other high-achieving leaders.<p>Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain …

Success

3 books to read for a more productive life

On our annual drive across the country to visit family for the holidays, my husband and I listened to hours of podcasts. On our way home, we ended up …

How to use Teacher Dashboard by Hapara and Google Classroom together

Mike is the lead trainer at Using Technology Better and loves to write on ways that technology can make your life better :)<p>Podcast: Download …

5 Lessons on Creativity From ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

There’s success and then there’s <i>Hamilton</i>.<p>As if a stamp of approval from the president, a Pulitzer Prize, and many millions in ticket sales wasn’t …

What it takes to be a great leader: A recommended reading list

Our image of a great leader is outdated, says Roselinde Torres of management consultancy BCG (TED Talk: What it takes to be a great leader). That …

Leadership

Digital Literacy & Citizenship at Mulgrave School

<b>The digital literacy scope and sequence we built for Mulgrave School</b><p>Above is the link to our new draft Digital Literacy & Citizenship (DLC) scope and …

16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now.

It’s been interesting to watch over the last year or so a growing chorus of parents, authors, educators and even some policy makers begin to …

The scientific case for doodling while taking notes

When I was in grade school, I doodled in class. I got in trouble for it sometimes, because drawing in class can look a lot like goofing off and daydreaming. What I never managed to explain to my teachers is that my abstract swirls and shapes helped me repeat almost word-for-word the lesson I’d …

Teaching

14 Books to Inspire Kids to Follow Their Dreams

We all want to know the secret to helping our children realize their dreams. While I can’t pretend to have the key to help you with that, I can offer …

How This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Creativity

Learning to channel your thinking--both conscious and subconscious--creates the conditions that make achieving your goals inevitable.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep."--Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it …

HTML

8 Things Exceptional Thinkers Do Every Day

Everything that we are and everything that we are not is an end result from our current level of thinking. Every great achievement in history came from exceptional thinking. Every man or woman to ever rise to the top of their profession had exceptional thinking that played a major role in getting …

Self-improvement

More Ideas in Minutes: 5 Instant Creativity Boosters

Creativity blocked? These quick and playful interventions will get the ideas flowing again.<p>Sometimes we talk about creativity as a character trait or inborn ability. Other times we speak of "unleashing" it through some sort of radical lifestyle change such as author Elizabeth Gilbert's …

Creativity
Creativity

Apple Pencil: 3 sites that will teach you how to draw

Page 2 of 4<p>Drawabox<p>Drawabox is a site that offers free art instruction lessons. It’s a great option for those who have a desire to learn how to draw …

The 18 Best Motivational Books Everyone Should Read

We asked our readers to name the motivational books that have inspired them. These are the 18 reads they loved the best.<p>Three years ago, I identified the "Top 10 Motivational Books of All Time," but with a twist: I left the No. 1 spot blank and asked Inc.com readers to name their favorite.<p>In …

Success

9 Books Every IT Leader Needs To Read

Reading sharpens our reasoning, reduces stress, advances our careers and, when done deeply and broadly, is a key habit of successful leaders.<p>1 of …

16 books that every introvert should read

If you're an introvert, one of the best ways to recharge is with a good book.<p>There's nothing better than a storyline that really speaks to you, so we rounded up 16 books with themes and characters that introverts will really appreciate.<p>Read on for literature real introverts need to read.

Literature

Why Everything You Were Told About Leadership Is Wrong

For decades, the mainstream paradigm has been that leaders and managers think and behave so differently that, in most cases, there is a conflict of interest between them. On the one hand, we are told that leaders are visionary, creative, empathetic and disruptive. On the other hand, we are told …

Leadership

The 100 best leadership and success books to read in your lifetime, according to Amazon

This week, Amazon's editors released a list of 100 leadership and success books to read in a lifetime.<p>"We chose books to help people plan for their futures and/or deal better with their present," said Chris Schluep, senior books editor at Amazon.com. "The same book won't work for every situation, …

Success

5 Ways for Teachers to Be Kind to Themselves

Good Friends by Juliana Coutinho via Creative Commons CC BY 2.0<p>When I was in my twenties, I regularly startled awake with terror, grabbed a small paper bag, and hyperventilated into it until I began to feel myself become lightheaded. In my thirties, I went to the emergency room twice for panic …

Happiness

10 Best Chrome Extensions For Designers To Skyrocket Your Career

Google Chrome’s logo is seen at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Photo credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/GettyImages.<p>Google Chrome is the most popular browser with a crushing 68% market share leaving Firefox and Internet Explorer behind as …

Web Design

What Can Tech Coaches Learn From the Marketing Masters?

We are all familiar with the Diffusion of Innovations theory or the Roger’s Adoption Curve, even if we don’t call it by the official name.We all know …

Innovation

How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers

Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.<p>At NPR Ed we're just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project.<p>We've profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from all over the …

Education

4 Commonly Overlooked Reasons Why Creative Leaders Succeed

As leaders, creative thinkers don’t just plan for the future, they design the one they want to build.<p>Creative professionals used to be a specific category of worker in the knowledge economy, confined to their own imaginative roles and asked to do whatever upper management requested—no more, no …

Why Leaders Should Attend Teacher Trainings

So often, teachers and leaders get trained separately. Wouldn't it be better to have everyone in the same room so they can have authentic dialogue …

Professional Development

Solving The Special Ed Teacher Shortage: Quality, Not Quantity

All over the United States, schools are scrambling to find qualified special education teachers. There just aren't enough of them to fill every open position.<p>That means schools must often settle for people who are under-certified and inexperienced. Special ed is tough, and those who aren't ready …

Education

Considering forcing teachers to use technology? Think again.

In the debate about technology and education, it is expected that you are either a crazy-eyed zealot or a complete and utter Luddite. So, when people …

Critical Thinking & Textual Analysis: an example

<i>This is an example that accompanies my Edutopia blog post,</i> Teaching Literary Analysis<i>. Remember that the questions posed and the answers provided</i> …

Critical Thinking

It's Not Easy Teaching Special Ed

It's getting harder and harder to find quality special education teachers, which is why 49 out of 50 states report shortages.<p>Why? It's a tough sell.<p>Even if you're up for the low pay and noisy classrooms, special education adds another challenge: crushing paperwork.<p>This is something I understand …

Education

A teacher explains what teachers really do all day

In a speech at a Campaign for America's Future event, National Education Association president and teacher Lily Eskelsen Garcia gave a rousing explanation for what the teaching profession entails.<p>After starting the speech by saying teachers needed to educate politicians on what the typical teacher …

Education