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How to Introduce a New Kitten to an Older Cat

Many cat owners do not realize their friendly, single adult cats may have trouble getting along with a new kitten. A new kitten is typically eager to …

Pets

What happens if you take out a payday loan?

If you need money fast, you may be tempted by a short-term loan—the kind you plan to pay back quickly. However, whether they’re offered by an online …

A Mathematician Who Dances to the Joys and Sorrows of Discovery

Federico Ardila opens up about his journey as a mathematician, teacher, Colombian transplant, DJ and creator of mathematical spaces.<p>“Nadie te quita …

A Collection Of Resources On “Tricky” Teacher Topics

My post yesterday on eating in class (see What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?) received a lot of feedback, and it prompted me to …

High School

Just 23 Totally Perfect 4th Grade Anchor Charts

Anchor charts are one of the teaching tools that I’ve found to be useful for pretty much any topic that I’m teaching. Whether the anchor chart is …

Teaching

Ending the Curse of Remedial Math

Can you simplify this square root?” Erica Fells asks her class, and hands wave in the air. All but one of the students believe that it’s impossible to do so. The dissenter, Leslie Alcantara, lays out her argument. “What do the rest of you think of Leslie’s reasoning?” Ms. Fells asks, and after some …

College & University

Japanese Company Adopts Nine Office Cats to Increase Workplace Productivity and Cuteness

Thinking about a career shift? Let us suggest a job at the Ferray Corporation, an Internet solutions company in Tokyo, Japan.<p>While we can’t speak to …

Modeling otter busts out all its best poses for photoshoot

Looking cute in photos is never easy, but one adorable otter clearly knows his angles and how to work them.<p>Japan's Toba Aquarium held a little …

4 Gmail tricks I use to manage thousands of emails in under an hour

I used to spend hours managing emails.<p>I had to schedule meetings, follow up with team members, network with interesting people, and taunt the trolls who emailed me.<p>It got really messy, really fast.<p>And before I knew it, my entire day was gone.<p>So like the weirdo I am, I tested different approaches, …

How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity

Schools are a public good that extreme market proliferation would eventually destroy.<p>Buoyed by Donald Trump’s championing of a voucher system—and cheered on by his education secretary Betsy DeVos—Arizona just passed one of the country's most thoroughgoing policies in favor of so-called “school of …

Monitor Classroom Noise Bouncyballs.org

• Use this website as a fun way to monitor classroom noise levels!<br>• Show this website with the use of a projector to your students as they are …

Freebies

Just try not to obsess over this giant, fluffy cat

Some cats are just born to be stars. Something in their eyes, or their paws, or their squishy faces just screams: <i>You want to send pictures of me to</i> …

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A Clock That Forces You to Do Math to Find Out the Time

The Albert Clock is no simple timepiece. In fact, it requires you to think pretty hard. It will tell you the time of day, but only if you can do the …

Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.<p>But …

The way we teach sex-ed is old and ineffective. Here's how to fix it.

In a predictable bit of news, the results of a study released this past September show that students consider most sex-education programs to be …

A mathematician has created a teaching method that’s proving there’s no such thing as a bad math student

Math is a notoriously hard subject for many kids and adults. There is a gender gap, a race gap, and just generally bad performance in many countries.<p>John Mighton, a Canadian playwright, author, and math tutor who struggled with math himself, has designed a teaching program that has some of the …

Education

Students Learn from Inquiry, Not Interrogation

Jackie Walsh shares resources and strategies teachers can use to partner with students and create new roles and responsibilities in classroom …

A Couple of Adorable River Otters Play Around in the Deep Snow at the Oregon Zoo

While other animals were having their fun, a couple of absolutely adorable river otters at the Oregon Zoo named Tilly and B.C. created their own …

Otters

The Feynman Technique Helps You Study Faster and Retain More Information

You can read something and <i>hope</i> that it’ll all be beamed into your brain for future application. Or you can read it and write down what you just …

Pedagogy vs. Andragogy

Over this last year I have been fortunate to have been sent to many education conferences on behalf of SmartBrief in pursuit of content and guest …

Teaching

A Look Back: “Using Freire & Fotobabble With English Language Learners”

<b>Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

Illustration by Bauke SchildtLong before Amy Poehler became famous for her comic roles as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live,” and as …

Can You Solve the Prisoner Boxes Riddle?

Here's a riddle. Ten band members have had their musical instruments placed randomly in boxes. Each band member gets five shots at opening boxes, …

Alan Turing

The Puzzling Collatz Conjecture

The Collatz Conjecture is a relatively simple set of math instructions that lead to a puzzling problem. If you run this set of rules on a given …

Noise Level Charts

I’m regularly amazed by how much I don’t know…<p>My colleague and co-author, Katie Hull, is moving to middle school this year, and she attended some …

Are You Really Connecting with Your Students?

<b>Listen to my interview with Jim Sturtevant (transcript):</b><p>[This post contains Amazon Affiliate links; if you make a purchase from Amazon after going …

Teaching

How the Teacher Shortage Could Turn Into a Crisis

The winner of a $1 million prize honoring excellence in teaching set off shockwaves last year when she said that, given the current climate, she would not encourage people to consider teaching in public schools.<p>Perhaps that declaration, from veteran teacher Nancie Atwell, shouldn't have come as a …

Black culture isn't the problem – systemic inequality is

The idea that it is black folks and our supposedly immoral and savage culture that creates our disproportionate rates of poverty and imprisonment is everywhere: cop shows, news media, movies set in black neighborhoods and high-school social studies classes have all perpetuated this misconception. …

scientificdiscovery

10 Ways to Build Team Classroom

<i>Empower Awesome Learning Every Day</i> We are team classroom. Learning can be a solo venture. It can also be a team sport. <i>(Thanks to Krissy Venosdale of</i> …