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How to Set Goals and Meet Them: 8 Steps for Success

Are you having a hard time achieving your goals? It can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you’re wrapped up in the busy day-to-day of …

Classroom Self-Persuasion

“The fox leapt high to grasp the grapes, but the delicious-looking fruit remained just out of reach of his snapping jaws. After a few attempts the …

Teaching

​8 mental habits the most successful people learn to break

That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program and consultancy for executives and entrepreneurs.<p>"Once we have developed understanding of how we interfere with our visions and goals, then comes …

7 Cognitive Biases That Are Holding You Back | Inc.com

The brain is surprisingly resource intensive, making up about 2 percent of your body weight, but consuming 20 percent of your calories. Because of this, the human brain has evolved with numerous mechanisms in place to reduce energy consumption wherever possible.<p>Thanks to two of those mechanisms, …

Critical Thinking

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

8 tricks for remembering everything you read

But just because forgetting is a human phenomenon doesn't mean you should simply accept it. In fact, there are plenty of simple, creative strategies for retaining more of what you read — whether that's novels, news articles, or scientific textbooks.<p>To find out what some of those techniques are, we …

4 Basic Principles of the Art of Negotiation

I’ve spent the majority of my career negotiating. I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I’ve also learned from some great negotiators. <b>Something surprising:</b> …

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

5. They want change without having to change.<p>Stephen Covey taught us the habits of highly effective people. We learned them, we applied them, and we …

Earn Other People's Trust by Showing Your Trust In Them

A funny thing happens when you show someone you trust them: they begin to let their guard down. If you want someone to trust you more, do your best …

Learn the Secret of Decoding People's Emotions | Inc.com

Knowing how to read and interpret a person's expression is an essential part of understanding the nonverbal cues that are crucially important in communication.<p>Learning the seven basic emotions and their corresponding facial expressions can help us read others and understand what they are feeling so …

Meditation Should Be Taught in School

On a recent Thursday just after lunch, 20 first-graders gathered in a circle on the carpeted floor of their public school classroom in Santa Fe. Some sat cross-legged and others on their knees, each with one hand clasped in front of them or resting on their stomachs. Their teacher, Katie Norton, …

Mindfulness

The Power of The Circle

This is a Guest Post at MiddleWeb<p>My wife has been touting the positive effects of student dialogue circles for years. She is a middle school teacher …

Class Hacker

Project Based Learning Hack

David Palank<p>As project based learning lessons are becoming more and more popular in the education world, many teachers are running into issues …

The 20Time Project: how freedom can help prepare students for the future

<i>(Cross-posted on the Google for Work Blog.)</i><p><i>Editor's note: Leading up to Education on Air, we asked you what topics you’d like to discuss at the</i> …

THE TELL TALE SIGN OF A GROWTH MINDSET

Is it possible to judge ability solely by the way people describe the way they practice?<p>Beginners and experts have a very different view of feedback. …

Self-improvement

We Experience The World We Infer, Not The World As It Is

If you want to understand the human mind, you have to reject the idea that we directly perceive and remember the world as it is. Our perceptual experience isn't simply a passive impression of the input received by our senses — and our memory isn't like a photobook or a video, comprehensively …

The Little Engine That Could, Bob the Builder, and the Secret to Motivation

<i>**The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding a P-20 education in America. The opinions</i> …

Here’s How to Scientifically Train Your Mind to Be Happy

Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) can lead you toward a pervasive pessimism that …

How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know - PsyBlog

How experts think, the power of framing, the miracle of attention, the weird world of cognitive biases and more…<p>Fifty years ago there was a …

The newest underperformers at school are... | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching

The newest underperformers at your school might be… <i>are you ready to be surprised?</i><p>This post is about something quite controversial. In fact, it’s so …

The Power of Yoga

For <i>Muscle & Fitness</i> readers, the word yoga is often associated with the idea of some skinny guy in dreads wearing a loincloth with his feet tucked …

Meditation the new tool to reach peak performance

It's relatively easy to spot the physical differences between, say, an Olympic rower and a couch potato. But it's the mind as much as the muscles that make a champion – so is it possible to pick an "elite brain" out of a crowd of ordinary grey matter?<p>That's the challenge that a team of …

Interview – Harvard/MIT Lecturer Olivia Fox Cabane teaches you how to be more charismatic

Olivia Fox Cabane is the author of The Charisma Myth. She’s lectured on the subject at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, MIT, Google and the United Nations.<p>I …

Brain-Based Lesson Planning Strategies - Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Experts

Brain-based lesson planning does not follow a template—mainly because the basic premise of brain-based learning is that every brain is unique, so a …

How to Speed Read | The Art of Manliness

When Theodore Roosevelt did things, he did them with gusto. That included reading. Roosevelt was a voracious reader. The man devoured books like a …

Brains Get a Performance Boost From Believing Effort Trumps Genetics

How much of our intelligence is a genetic gift or the product of hard work is difficult, perhaps impossible, to know for sure. But for our brains to …

4 Lifehacks From Ancient Philosophers That Will Make You Happier

<b>You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.</b><p><b>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first</b> …

How to Tell a Story | The Art of Manliness

Every man needs to be able to tell a great story.<p>It might be for a presentation you give at work. Or for a paper you need to write.<p>Maybe you’re just …