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7 Secrets of People Who Meal Prep Every Single Week

You know that meme–the one with the slice of pizza and a beer in a Ziploc bag? That about sums up my relationship with meal prepping: flawed.<p>But I …

Healthy Eating

What Lord of the Flies is really about

My father distrusted simple judgments, but he did say his novel was about the importance of the rule of law, and the complexity of human beings, says William Golding’s daughter Judy Golding Carver<p>David Shariatmadari’s account of my father’s novel Lord of the Flies was a little sweeping when he …

Literature

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

The Best Cheeses For Grilled Cheese, According To People Who Truly Know

Warning: American cheese has no place in this story.<p>While it’s hard to deny the melty perfection of a diner-style grilled cheese sandwich made with slices of American cheese or even Kraft singles, most experts happen to think American cheese is pure garbage.<p>“It’s not really cheese to me, it’s some …

Cooking

5 High-Protein, Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Smoothie Recipes You Should Try To Lose 5 Pounds Fast

Not all smoothies are created equal. Many of the ones you can buy at stores contain added sugar and fat – the exact opposite of what you want in a …

Nutrition

Creating Epic Moments With Playful Formative Assessment

Guest post by Michael Matera<p>Throughout the years, seeing one class period after the next, one semester after the next, one graduating class after the …

Teaching

Teaching Text Structure Improves Reading Comprehension

Williams, J. P. (2003). Teaching text structure to improve reading comprehension. In H. L. Swanson, Harris, K. R., & Graham , S. (Eds.), <i>Handbook of</i> …

Teaching

The One Method That Will Make Your Essays “Flow”

We may not be able to define exactly what makes good writing “flow” — <b>but you know it when you see it.</b>I remember sitting in creative writing …

Creative Writing

Best Article Ever To Have Students Read About Cellphones!

Last year, I shared a summary of a recent study documenting the negative cognitive impact a cellphone has just by leaving it on your desk (see New …

Healthy Foods You Can Make in an Instant Pot

With the help of an Instant Pot, healthy cooking is easier than ever before. Multi-purpose and incredibly fast, this electric pressure cooker also …

Drowned in sound: how listening to music hinders learning

In his series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: listening to music while studying<p>Read more Lessons from Research<p><i>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to</i> …

Teaching

You’ve Been Making French Toast All Wrong (Here’s How to Do It Right)

A plate of perfect French toast—crispy round the edges, custardy in the center, and capped off with an amber kiss of maple syrup—is a thing of …

Breakfast

Yesss, These 17 Instant Pot Dinners Are 500 Calories or Less

The best part about an Instant Pot? It’ll have a gorgeous meal on the table before anyone has time to ask you what’s for dinner. But even though our …

How to Add Voice Comments to Google Docs, PDFs, and Word Docs

Kaizena is a free tool that lets you add voice comments to Google Documents, PDFs, and Word documents. For Google Docs users Kaizena has a free …

Education Technology

One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Tortellini Is Here to Save Dinner

Stuck in a cooking rut? Forgot to meal plan? Thinking of ordering takeout? Not so fast — this one-skillet chicken with tortellini is here to save …

Cooking

3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Any Class

The preference for our society, if we really want to be effective, is to teach so that they learn, not merely present curriculum and document …

Pedagogy

These Insanely Delicious Instant Pot Meals Let You Feed the Whole Family For Less Than $10

Sure, Instant Pots make planning your weekday meals about a thousand times easier, but not all the recipes out there that cater to this pressurized cooker are easy on the wallet. From quick and easy chicken recipes that even your pickiest eater will enjoy to modern takes on your mother's casserole, …

Thriving rather than surviving: Teaching students how to spot fake news

SINGAPORE: It was a history lesson, but one with a difference: These Secondary 1 students from Sembawang Secondary were about to get duped by their …

Teaching

These 14 Instant Pot Recipes Will Knock Your Family's Socks Off — and Won't Cost You More Than $20

Let's be honest, the Instant Pot is a busy parent's BFF. You can make pretty much anything your little heart desires — from rice to seafood to yogurt and beyond — and you don't have to sit around waiting for water to boil or an oven to preheat. So what could be better for moms and dads who have to …

Cooking

As Trump doubles down on call to give teachers guns, the growing #ArmMeWith movement offers an alternative

Counselors, time, diverse classroom libraries, money — these are some of many things American teachers say they need in their schools instead of guns.<p>…

6 Uses for Google Classroom Ask a Question

6 Ways to Ask A Question in Google Classroom One reason I love Google Classroom is how easy it is. If you’ve ever sent an email you have the …

Why You Should Definitely Pan-Sear Steak for a Weeknight Dinner

When we think of steak, we usually associate this big, hearty piece of meat with eating out, or at least, some sort of special occasion. But...why? …

Make This Firecracker Chicken in Your Slow Cooker

This winter has been particularly cold in the Midwest. To help warm things up, I plan on making every spicy dish I know. This recipe brings the heat, …

Cooking

Gifted Students Are Unnecessarily Sacrificed

Only in the U.S. are gifted students treated so poorly.

Education

My Wonderful, Fabulous, Incredibly Awesome Way to teach theme - Using Children's Books to Teach Theme

My Wonderful, Fabulous, Incredibly Awesome Way to teach theme.<p>I love Judith Viorst’s stories. Alexander is the best character!!! And I love using her …

INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?

Ever wondered how long it takes to read <i>The Great Gatsby</i> (2.62 hours) compared to <i>Atlas Shrugged</i> (31.22 hours)? If so, you’ll like this infographic by …

4 Things That Really Motivate Millennials, Gen X, and Other Digital Natives | Inc.com

We all know that there's something different about millennials -- the first generation of digital natives, people who grew up with digital technology as a part of their lives. While there is plenty of debate about what it is exactly that sets millennials apart from the generations that came before …

TED Talks

Creating a Narrative of Progress

Since the new year I have spent a lot of time doing two things: responding to a massive stack of student essays and slowly working through Thomas …

Teaching

Star Wars and Airbnb Follow a Time-Tested Formula, And So Should Your Next Presentation | Inc.com

In a scene in the new Stars Wars movie, <i>The Last Jedi</i>, a character turns to the hero and says "All is lost." It's scene that you'll see replicated in every Hollywood blockbuster and every great heroic epic throughout the history of literature. It's also a familiar part of nearly every entrepreneur's …

Weight Loss

A Look Back: This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

<b>Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing</b> …

Pedagogy