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5 Secrets to Simplify Your Life

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," said Leonardo Da Vinci.<p>Simplifying the complex is perhaps one of the most underrated virtues of our time. We pride ourselves on excess -- the newest gadgets, a full social calendar and quantity over quality with regards to relationships, experiences and …

Homemade Parmesan Soft Pretzel Bites with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Homemade <b>soft</b> <b>pretzel bites</b> with buttery <b>Parmesan</b> topping are as easy to make as they are to eat! Served with zesty marinara dipping sauce.<p>I was all set …

3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment

<b>3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment</b><p>by <b>Barbara Blackburn</b>, author of Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word<p>As we’ve discussed <b>7 myths about rigor</b>, and …

THIS Is The Perfect Yoga Routine For People Who Never Do Yoga

Runners, gym lovers, tennis players, we're looking at you.<p>Whether you're a new runner, total gym rat, or summer-only tennis fanatic, a yoga instructor can tell. That's because workouts that emphasize running, lifting, and swinging movements leave the telltale signs of tight hamstrings, quads, and …

26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer

<b>26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer</b><p>These questions are more about the student than you, your classroom, or education.<p>What every …

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29 People On The Hardest Things They Had To Learn When They Were In Their 20s

Growing up, as 20-somethings, we feel like we are invincible. And during our brief time in the third decade of our lives — during the times that we …

6 Secrets of Successful Women

Want to run the world? Start taking notes on these work traits<p>Despite the fact that women hold a paltry 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions, and nationwide only 24.2 percent of chief executives are female, you don't need a pin-striped suit (or a penis) to get ahead in the work world.<p><i>not</i><p>1. When …

stage an intervention

So many days, I live on autopilot.<p>I go through the motions of each day as if the routine has been ingrained deep in the grooves of my brain: I have …

Why Hating Your Job Is Natural, And How To Love It Again | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How to Cure Burnout at Work<p><b>My first job was cold calling at a startup</b>. It was good, I worked 16 hours a day every day, except the weekends, and was …

7 ways for teachers to beat the Sunday blues

Have you ever wasted half the weekend worrying about the week ahead? Even if you love your job, you might still wake up on Sunday mornings with a …

Questioning the Common Core: What Will Be the Lasting Impact?

Lots of interesting fodder for conversation in this PBS Newshour piece, which attempts to put the evolution of the Common Core in context with …

5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered

<b>A student-centered classroom allows students to be an integral part of the assessment development process.</b> This doesn't necessarily mean every …

6 Simple Strategies to Help Find Your Passion

Two years ago at this time during the school year my students and I had a similar problem: There wasn’t an opportunity for me to find out what they …

20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning

<b>20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning</b><p>Recently we took at look at the <b>phases of inquiry-based learning</b> through a framework, and even apps that …

5 Yoga Poses for Amazing Arms

Do these moves for arms you can’t WAIT to show off<p>Yoga helps to calm the mind and spirit, but it also creates absolutely gorgeous arms! These 5 moves from the <i>Women’s Health</i> Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig will help build strength in your upper back and shoulders without adding bulk. The result: …

Everything You Know About Curriculum May Be Wrong. Really.

<b>Everything You Know About Curriculum May Be Wrong. Really.</b><p>by <b>Grant Wiggins</b><p>What if the earth moves and the sun is at rest? What if gravity is just a …

How To Add Rigor To Anything

<b>How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment</b>by<b> Terry Heick</b>Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience.It is also among the most …

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement

<b>25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson</b><p>contributed by <b>Lisa Chesser</b><p>Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any …

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

Concern about young people’s use of technology is nothing new, of course. But Rosen’s study, published in the May issue of <i>Computers in Human …

10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism

Beat these culprits to burn more calories<p>Need another reason to love your body? It burns calories all by itself—as long as you don't get in the way. See, every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism—the process of turning the food you eat into energy that keeps your heart beating, …

4 Easy Ways to Control Cravings

Make these simple food swaps to banish hunger without giving in to it<p>When a certain texture calls your name more than your waistband would like, use these swaps to help you stop food cravings without adding inches.<p><b>When you crave:</b> Crunchy (chips, caramel popcorn, biscotti) <b>Chew this:</b> Baby carrots, …

Stop Giving Your Brain the "Sugar Blues" | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Refined sugar has been called poison, toxic, and the “anti-nutrient”. It’s said to be more addictive than cocaine. Is it really that bad? How much …

How to Ask Yourself Great Questions

In my life coaching training program, one of my first homework assignments was to make a list of 100 <i>empowering questions</i> we could ask clients in …

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

Many critics of <b>Twitter</b> believe that the 140-character microblog offered by the ubiquitous social network can do little for the <b>education industry</b>. …

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Education: Collections - Routledge

Teachers: This Is What I Need From You

<b>Teachers: This Is What I Need From You</b><p>As educators, we have a huge responsibility towards each child entrusted to us.<p>It is our duty to try our best …

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