Troy Rivera

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<i>Communicator</i><br>October 2015, Volume 39, Issue 2<p>CREATIVE STALL/BIORAVEN/SHUTTERSTOCK<p>With busy schedules, even from the start of the school year, school …

Education Technology

33 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>They include career guides, business memoirs, and academic research on how to maximize your time and network.<p>Here are the business books we …

Self-improvement

Teach yourself to stop procrastinating with the '2-minute rule'

I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life.<p>The best part? It's a simple strategy that couldn't be easier to use.<p>Here's what you need to know…<p>I call this little strategy the "2-Minute Rule" and the goal is to make it easier for you to get started …

Georgetown professor shares 5 research-backed secrets for doing less and getting more done

But one expert has an answer to how to make sure you're getting ahead in your career while being less stressed and enjoying your work more.<p>Cal Newport knows something about getting stuff done. In the decade after he graduated college he published four books, earned a PhD from MIT, published a ton …

5 “Apps” Educators Shouldn’t Use (And 5 They Should)

<i>Here are 5 apps educators must never user and 5 apps they can't survive without.</i><p><b>The “Apps” Educators Should And Should Never Use</b><p>I recently came …

Are You a Leader or a Follower?

Leadership is the art of persuasion--the act of motivating people to do more than they ever thought possible in pursuit of a greater good.<p>It has nothing to do with your title.<p>It has nothing to do with authority or seniority.<p>You're not a leader just because you have people reporting to you. And you …

Does Trying to Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and …

Happiness

Why Throwing Yourself Into the Unknown Can Be the Best Thing You Can Do to Yourself

Most of us are scared of diving into the unknown, of uncertainty, of unfamiliarity, of not knowing what's going to happen. We are scared that things could go wrong, that things will be uncomfortable, and that things might not go as expected.<p>But throwing yourself into the unknown can be very …

Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

When my niece was finishing school in Finland, more than anything else she wanted to become a primary teacher. Despite her genuine interest in teaching she failed to get into a teacher education programme at the University of Helsinki. She was smart and bright, yet she was not deemed qualified.<p>This …

Education

Millennials in Search of a Different Kind of Career

According to a new poll, younger workers do in fact care less about money and more about fulfillment.<p>There have been many labels thrust upon the Millennial generation, especially when it comes to their work ethic. The group has been called lazy, entitled, and spoiled—but at the same time the …

100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

Why Metaphors Beat The Snot Out Of Facts When It Comes To Motivating Action

Douglas Van Praet returns to tackle the magic of metaphors, and explain why they beat facts when it comes to creative persuasion.<p>Metaphors have long permeated creative expression from cave paintings to commercials. And there’s a good reason that Geico is “So easy, a cavemen can do it,” Prudential …

Why Lego's CEO Thinks More Grown-Ups Should Play At Work

"We believe in play as a transformative agent in society, and we need more creativity to solve the world’s problems."<p>Playfulness is at the root of creativity. So why on earth have we created a corporate system where everyone feels the need to be so serious?<p>I see time and again that injecting a …

12 Motivational Videos Guaranteed To Inspire

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar<p><b>Everyone requires</b> …

Sketchnoting For Reflection

As a reader of my blog, you have followed my journey into exploring Sketchnoting since April 2014. I have come a long way by studying and learning …

15 Ways to Motivate Yourself That Actually Work

We're experts at setting goals. Today we'll do 12 different things. And by the end of the month, we'll nail all those, plus one million more. Sounds …

Classic Cars

Top 10 Motivational Books of 2015

The latest and greatest books that will give you the mental oomph to create the life you want and deserve.<p>During this month and next, I'm revealing my picks for the best business books of the year, first by category and finally (on December 15th) the very best of the best. The categories I've …

Top 10

Your unique purpose

Reach deep inside, and admit to yourself what you care about the most, and what you really, truly want to do with this day. Then stand up right now …

How to Motivate Yourself to Actually Start That Passion Project

You have a brilliant idea for a project. You’ve talked about it, planned it to death, analyzed your options—yet nothing has come of it. It’s time to …

Scrolls

<b>Textmapping starts with a scroll.</b> Scrolls are an ancient technology, but they offer <b>clear advantages over books - advantages that are particularly</b> …

Get Kids Out of Their Seats, Do a Gallery Walk

Going to a museum isn't a passive experience. The viewer moves purposefully around the room, drawn to the different pieces of art and then stops to …

Teaching

Diction and Syntax

One of the greatest changes to assessments is the shift from what to why and how. A student that <i>knows</i> that an author uses figurative language or …

The Teenage Brain Explained

Teens

How I Teach Vocabulary - With Handouts

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Teaching Tuesday” post, but I’ve gotten some emails lately asking how I teach vocabulary, so I thought I’d share …

Teaching

Get to Know Your New Students with Writing Activities

<b>by Barbara Blackburn</b><p>One of the most important factors in student achievement is a positive connection with the teacher. You probably already know how …

Flipping English Classrooms: Grammar Instruction

Flipping has not come easily for me. I had to make sure it was going to fit my teaching situation. As a language arts teacher, I had to figure out …

Text Analysis: Questions & Symbols

Common Core State Standards<p>ELA<p>English Language Arts<p>RL<p>Reading Standards for Literature 6-12<p>11-12<p>11th & 12th Grades<p>1<p><b>Cite strong and thorough textual</b> …