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8 science-backed mind tricks to beat procrastination and do that thing you've been putting off right now

But the thing about getting things done? It's hard — especially when whatever you're supposed to be doing is daunting, unpleasant, or particularly high stakes.<p>And as we've written before, there are powerful reasons you might be having trouble getting started. But the bills must be paid, the work …

8 Ways to Boost Self Motivation

We all want to find that extra bit of motivation. It’s Friday afternoon, the sun is shining and your productivity is nowhere to be seen. But it …

AP-GfK Poll: Minorities, young Americans still backing Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the public remains closely divided about his presidency, Barack Obama is holding on to his support from the so-called …

Barack Obama’s Long Game

A month of victories has transformed the president’s second term.<p>Barack Obama is not a modest man, but when it comes to assessing his or any president’s place in the long American story, he has been heard to say, “We just try to get our paragraph right.” Yet the way a raft of recent events have …

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Were There Any Clues Woman's Husband Of 15 Years Could Be A Serial Rapist?

What if one day you found out that your high school sweetheart, your husband, the man you slept with every night, and father of your children, was accused of living a secret life? For Kari, that's what happened when police showed up at her door in 2013.<p>"My life was turned upside down," says Kari, …

Family of Sandy Bland, Found Dead in Texas Jail, Calls Suicide 'Unfathomable'

The family of a 28-year-old woman found dead in a Texas jail say it's "unfathomable" that she would have killed herself, and want more information from investigators who ruled her death a suicide.<p>The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Sandra Bland, a civil rights advocate, has come …

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15 Small Things Parents Should Do To Their Children Every Day To Make Them Feel Loved

Can you remember what made you feel loved as a kid? Think about it. Maybe you remember having a great time with your parents, holidays, being helped …

Teachers as Learners: 6 Great Professional Development Ideas

Most teachers consider themselves life-long learners. As professionals, teachers are required to complete a certain amount of professional …

The 18 things that great principals do differently

Being the head of a school is about leadership, obviously. And empowerment, that too. And vision – mustn’t forget that. And having a great team, …

The busy educator's guide to mobile learning

Students of all ages seem to have a smartphone in their hand during most of the day. Whether it’s being used for educational purposes (ha!) or for …

How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech

Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills.

Dear Principal: Some things I need you to know...

Dear Principal,<p>I'm sure you are just as excited as I am for the upcoming school year. The summer has been full of learning for me and I am definitely …

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. The author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?”and a former director general of Finland’s Center for …

7 Ways To Have the Best Quickie Ever

No time? No problem.<p>Having amazing sex doesn't have to take all night, but it also shouldn't be something you haphazardly squeeze into a commercial break during <i>Modern Family</i>. Sure, quickies are, well, quick, but they can also be insanely hot, remember-it-for-days hookups. Here, we've rounded up …

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Going Deep: Race and the Third Rail

Let's take a stroll along the third rail of American culture, shall we?<p>We can follow it straight into the grocery store, where Joy DeGruy and her sister-in-law are standing at the checkout line. The sister-in-law, who is biracial but looks white, chats amiably with the clerk as she writes out a …

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.<p>Never, ever, ever feed someone a …

Facing Race Issues In the Classroom: How To Connect With Students

“I didn’t know that [teachers] felt so uncomfortable talking about it until we started doing this,” said Alexa Parvey, a junior at Chapel Hill High …

8 smart ways to sharpen your hiring approach

Sure, your hiring practices have all the bases covered from a legal standpoint. But do they do everything possible to bring in the best talent? …

Manage Stress at Work by Retraining your Brain

<b>By: Marc Schoen</b>, Ph.D., author of <i>Your Survival Instinct is Killing You: Retrain your Brain to Conquer Fear and Build Resilience</i> (Hudson Street Press, …

Vague Hiring Practices

5 Ways To Simplify Your Hiring Process

Hiring managers and recruiters often have something to say about the behavior and lack of professionalism of candidates.<p>But maybe it’s time to look …

How to recruit and attract savvy students – five tips

The role of marketing in higher education has never been more important. In an era of higher fees, universities need to work even harder to differentiate their offering from that of their competitors.<p>Having worked as an advertising executive in the private sector, the idea of creating something …

Building a Common Core-Based Curriculum

Discover your road map for creating a curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards. Explore various stages of curriculum development, from the …