Raymond Kan

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The counterintuitive tricks to asking better questions, according to Harvard research

Having the ability to ask a question appears to be a uniquely human trait, one that saves us time and energy as we gather resources and information. It also allows us to develop empathy for others and create bonds of trust, even among strangers. Indeed, people who ask more questions are seen as …

Framing

Grammar rules you were taught at school that are wrong

Do you remember being taught you should never start your sentences with “And” or “But”?<p>What if I told you that your teachers were wrong and there are …

Linguistics

4 tips for better proofreading

To err is human.However, leaving typos, poor grammar, inconsistent information and glaring mistakes in your text is more than embarrassing. It erodes …

Writing

A Single Grammar Mistake Makes You Instantly Lose All Credibility. Here Are 10 to Avoid

When it comes to landing new business or a job, it's cool to be a grammar nerd.<p>President Trump earlier this week blamed poor grammar for comments that had him siding with Russia over U.S. intelligence agencies. Would. Would not. Big difference. Who knew? Um, everyone.<p>Politics aside, just one little …

7 Grammatical Mistakes You Might Be Making

If grammatical mistakes send you into a fit, fury, or frenzy, we feel your pain. At the very least, misused and ill-chosen words make us want to …

15 Grammar Jokes That Will Make You Feel Smarter

Not everyone was paying attention back in grammar school, and on the Internet, it shows. Social media posts are rife with comma mix-ups and classic …

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.<p>Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Steve Jobs Used These 3 Deceptively Simple Questions to Turn Apple into an Innovation Powerhouse

Why don't more bosses ask them?<p>Steve Jobs did many things to make himself successful. He trained his brain using this simple meditation technique. He immersed himself in these highly unusual books. He also listened to ten songs that inspired and motivated him.<p>Steve Jobs also helped thousands of …

10 Common Grammar Mistakes And How To Fix Them [Infographic]

Some grammar mistakes manage to trip up the vast majority of writers. Take "affect" and "effect" — no matter how many times this grammar rule is …

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of …

Teaching pupils how they learn boosts progress by seven months

Getting pupils to think more about how they learn can boost their academic progress by seven months, according to new guidance.<p>The government-backed …

Pedagogy

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are 3 reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs …

Public Speaking

10 editing issues your grammar checker might be missing

Grammar checkers in word processing programs can help you catch glaring spelling errors, but you might be missing subtler—yet crucial—editing faux …

Creative Writing

Americanisms are not a “corruption”: the false superiority of British English

When we try to be more British we frequently end up sounding more French.<p>Having lived in New York for over a year, I’m almost bored of being …

Teaching grammar does not improve children's writing ability, research finds

The way that grammar is taught in schools reveals “a significant and persistent mismatch” between government policy and academic evidence showing …

Education

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

How To Write Wherever You Go

You can choose to write anywhere, any time — if you really want to<p>Like many of you, writing isn’t my full-time job. I spend most of my time suffering …

Writing

There's Actually No Such Thing as Different 'Learning Styles', According to Science

No Sharon, you're not a "visual learner".<p>When I was at school, a fair amount of time was put into determining our "learning styles." Teachers told us …

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or “learning style” – such as visually, orally, or by doing …

Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter

• Poor writing can make others think you aren’t intelligent.<br>• I’m the executive editor of a magazine and know firsthand how grammar can change the …

Language

“Ditch the Highlighter”: What the Research Suggests about Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

<i>Andrew Nurse</i><i>This is the second post in a two-part series on STLHE by Andrew Nurse. Read</i> <i>part one here</i><i>.</i>Photo by Daniel Cheung on UnsplashHow can we — …

Teaching

Only A Classic Book Expert Will Get 10/12 On This Quiz

It's time to put your high school English classes to good use.

Standards of Critical Thinking

What is critical thinking? According to my favorite critical thinking text, it is <i>disciplined thinking that is governed by clear intellectual</i> …

Critical Thinking

Write More Concise Posts Forever By Cutting These Words

<i>“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams</i><p>My first article for Fast Company was approved …

Foreign languages: How to memorise vocabulary

When trying to learn a foreign language, most of us have the same complaint: “I’m just not good at memorising.” Learning new vocabulary can be daunting, especially for busy adults whose minds are already occupied with work, family, and other responsibilities.<p>A comfort? Linguists say that to “get …

Eight things great teachers do differently

Teaching is one of the most important professions in society and touches every aspect, of every community in the world in some way.<p>I was recently …

Reimagine the Writing Process with Microsoft in Education - Microsoft in Education

Congratulations on completing the Reimagine the Writing Process with Microsoft in Education course!<p>Share the good news and your accomplishments with …

Solutions for Teaching in an Overcrowded Classroom

One of the biggest issues facing schools and teachers today is overcrowding. A combination of an increasing population and a decrease in funding has …

Teaching

5 punctuation traps to avoid at work

We grow up learning about spelling and punctuation in school, but mistakes still have the potential to creep up on us when we’re well into our …

Writing

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – 3 Tools for Recording Time-stamped Video Notes

There are plenty of tools for creating flipped video lessons in which students answer the questions that you create for them. EdPuzzle and PlayPosit …