Melissa Nixon

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These 5 Podcasts Will Make You Smarter (Queue Them Up ASAP)

Podcasts are a great source of entertainment, but you can also select programs that are guaranteed to expand your mind and teach you something, …

The 12 Most Impactful Books to Read in 2018 | Inc.com

I read, some might say a little too much. I read 103 books last year. This year, I'm proud to say I only read 98. Quality over quantity.<p>Science says just being surrounded by books can help you improve: You admit how much you don't know, which leads to continual learning. Still, it helps to apply …

Self-improvement

Fact Sheet: How Bad Is the School-to-Prison Pipeline? | Tavis Smiley Reports

“In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunities of an education. Such …

How to make your life better by sending five simple emails

How to make your life better? All you need is email.<p>I’ve covered a lot of research on how to make your life better but many people struggle with …

Communication Skills

9 Page-Turners Too Addictive To Put Down

<i>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.</i><p><b>Origin</b> by Dan Brown<p>"The plot is absurd, of course, but the book is a definitive pleasure. Prepare to be absorbed—and in more ways than one." Another Brown (<i>Inferno</i>, 2013, etc.) blockbuster, blending arcana, religion, and …

Books

3 things teachers focus on in high poverty classrooms that get real results

Today I’ve invited two current teachers onto my Truth for Teachers podcast to talk about what they’re doing with their students. This is something …

Teaching

Adaptable Mind

The Adaptable Mind<p>The Adaptable Mind (11 mins) asks the question: what are the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century? Of the hundreds of …

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

I’ve done a variety of different types of lessons over the years about a growth mindset, and you can see most of them at The Best Resources On …

Teaching

13 new books you'll want to curl up with this fall

Looking for the ultimate autumnal accessory? Try a good book.<p>Whether you’re relaxing by a fire or commuting to work, a great read is the perfect fall complement (besides chunky scarves and chic rain boots, of course).<p>From exciting thrillers to historical fiction to deeply personal memoirs, you’re …

Books

This Quora Answer Is the Perfect Metaphor for White Privilege

<i>Answer by Omar Ismail, Stand Up Comedian, on Quora.</i><p><i>I am white. That’s all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am,</i> …

Quora

11 Places to Learn Leadership Skills That Will Make You a More Confident Leader Without Costing You a Dime | Inc.com

Most people fall into two camps: natural born leaders and the rest of us.<p>While some people were gifted with the charisma and confidence required to make leading others a breeze, everyone else has to cultivate these skills through time, dedication, and hard work.<p>But, signing up for long classes that …

University of Notre Dame

Culturally Responsive Teaching: 4 Misconceptions

<b>Listen to my interview with Zaretta Hammond (transcript):</b><p>Sponsored by Raymond Geddes and Kids Discover<p><b>The term “culturally responsive teaching” has</b> …

Pedagogy

Homeless System Simulation Game

Training Materials | March 7, 2013<p>The Homeless System Simulation Game is designed to help communities understand how the homeless assistance system …

Learning from Our Year as a Team: Reflection Questions for Collaborative Teams

At the end of each school year, I like to ask questions to create a “pause and reflect” moment as my children and I eat around the dinner table …

For Equity, Build Relationships

While there’s been an increase in diversity in the public school teacher workforce, it is still dominated by white (82 percent), female teachers (76 …

Teaching

The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain

The stress of poverty can change the brain in ways that further disadvantage the poor.<p>We already know the poor are getting poorer. The proportion of American adults living in low income families increased from 25 percent in 1971 to 29 percent in 2011. And growing up poor ups the chances that you'll …

The Brain

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?

If an unexpected medical emergency bankrupts you, you view yourself as a victim of bad fortune – while seeing other bankruptcy court clients as spendthrifts. Why?<p>Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our new column about class. Read all articles here<p>Cecilia Mo thought she knew all about …

Income Inequality

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Proven Effects of Positive Motivation<p>Thankfully, this information has led to the development of brain-compatible strategies to help students …

Teaching students of color: Looking race in the face

<i>Schools that achieve strong results with black students address race directly and teach in ways that empower students to learn.</i><p><b>By Derek Mitchell,</b> …

Pedagogy

Is the American dream really dead?

Research shows that poor people in the US are 20 times less likely to believe hard work will get them ahead than their (poorer) Latin American counterparts – with white Americans particularly pessimistic. What’s driving their despair?<p>The United States has a long-held reputation for exceptional …

Income Inequality

How Schools Use Brain Science To Help Traumatized Kids Heal and Learn

Neuroscience isn’t on many elementary school lesson plans. But this spring, a second grade class at Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx …

Education

Twitter Tips for Educators

Connected Educators<p>No Comments<p>Two years ago, I did not even know that educators used Twitter to better themselves or to help students; <i>This was not on</i> …

11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works

Why are we the way that we are? Is there anything we can do to change the way we think, behave, and react? And even if we come to know how the brain …

Psychology

These three pictures make a powerful statement about race and power among women

It can be difficult to understand how important representation is — until we are faced with a reversed gaze. <i>O, the Oprah Magazine</i> did just that for a …

Feminism

Science shows the way schools punish poor kids just makes their bad situations worse

Such strong punishments are likely based on the assumption that when kids act out, reprimanding them has the potential to remedy the psychological impulse that caused the bad behavior in the first place. But recent research suggests this assumption might often be wrong. According to a panel of …

Psychology

Yale dean placed on leave after calling people ‘white trash’ on Yelp

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>The Yale University residential college dean who drew backlash for posting Yelp reviews calling customers at local restaurants “white trash” and “low class folks” has been placed on leave.<p>Images of the controversial Yelp reviews written by June Chu, dean of the …

College & University

How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. If you click these and make a purchase from Amazon, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to …

Teaching

Ideas to develop, grow PLCs

Similar Articles Added Earlier<p>Libraries are an important part of our children's lives. This blog will include ideas on using your school library …

What Are 5 Priorities For Every School Principal?

After a series of blogs on leadership coaching, leaders filled out a survey asking them what priorities they would like to be coached through. Here …

Pedagogy