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School of life: why travel is the best teacher

Travel is a force for good: it broadens our mind, develops cultural empathy and gives us a better understanding of the world. We travel with our children because we believe these experiences not only improve their social skills but are key to helping them become decent global citizens.<p>There’s more …

Integration of special-needs pupil at the heart of Toronto school lawsuit

Two elementary pupils and their parents are suing the Toronto District School Board and their principal, saying their school failed to protect them from repeated threats and assaults inflicted by a classmate with special needs, according to a lawsuit filed in an Ontario court.<p>The case of two young …

How to Explore North Carolina’s Chimney Rock State Park

As part of a summer series, T+L is highlighting amazing lesser-known attractions found in the United States. Next up: a place for folks who love …

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

Have you ever seen a school data wall?<p>In a struggling Newark, N.J., public school, I've seen bulletin boards showing the test scores of each grade compared with state averages. And in one in affluent Silicon Valley, I've seen smartboards that track individual students' math responses in real …

3 Skills That All Emotionally Intelligent People Master

There are very many benefits to EI.<p><i>How can we improve our emotional intelligence, and what are the benefits? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Chade-Meng Tan, co-chair of a Nobel Peace</b> …

14 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Themselves About That Lesson Plan

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Zaha Hadid: A complete list of unbuilt designs

Unbuilt, unrealized, and in-progress designs from the late architect's unfolding legacy<p>The architects at her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, played key roles creating many of her masterpieces, as well as scores of forthcoming projects across the globe. After consulting with Zaha Hadid Architects, …

Mormon leader urges tolerance no matter political views

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leaders called on members to practice tolerance despite political differences, providing the faith's U.S. members …

Turn an Old T-Shirt into a DIY Cat Tent

If you have an old t-shirt and a few wire hangers around the house, you have everything you need to make this tent for your cat in about ten minutes. …

Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides (Mary Jo Madda)

<b>Mary Jo Madda writes for EdSurge. This post appeared January 19, 2015.</b>Don’t fret, we’ve all been there: You’re up late the night before Thursday and …

16 Books Educators Should Consider Reading in 2016

By onDecember 27, 2015 8:15 AM<p>If you're anything like me you get on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networking platforms and your education geek …

The Forgotten Father of Environmentalism

Alexander von Humboldt revolutionized the Western conception of nature by describing it as an interconnected living web—and in doing so, inspired thinkers from Darwin to Thoreau.<p>On September 14, 1869, 25,000 people marched through New York to celebrate the centennial of the birth of German …

Secret Teacher: brilliant eccentrics are a dying breed in education

As I look around the staffroom I am struck by the fact that, among the piles of exercise books and unwashed coffee cups, there is an endangered species, dwindling to the point of extinction.<p>I’m not talking about the semi-corporate teachers who look like they’d be more at home in a boardroom than a …

Checking homework: Ohio dad's ridicule of Common Core goes viral

An Ohio dad frustrated with Common Core cut a check to voice his disapproval, and got more than his money's worth after posting a picture on his Facebook page.<p>Exasperated with a math style that has bedeviled parents around the country, Doug Herrmann, of Painesville, made out a check to Milridge …

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A High School That Changes Lives, One at a Time

Teachers and students in a bankrupt California city, determined to make progress<p>During our American Futures tour around the country, we have visited all kinds of schools. There are specialized schools of privilege, like the public boarding schools in Greenville, South Carolina and Columbus, …

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The Faces of Makeup

The Makeup Show is the Met Gala of makeup artistry. This is the event where makeup artists come once a year to see who and what's hot. The following slide show is a collaboration between Karim Orange and Jazz Girard, (mother and daughter blog team). We hope you enjoy!<p>Photo: Nadav Vee Havakook:<p>The …

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Last Week Tonight On The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: How Is This Still A Thing?

Last week, <i>Sports Illustrated</i> released the vulva bringing cover of its 2015 swimsuit issue, which is not particularly related to sports, but a special …

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The Almost Best Collection of Apps and Extensions for Special Education

Do you spend a lot of time searching for the most effective apps/extensions for your students? With thousands to choose from, how do you decide?<br>The …

30+ Websites to Download Free Photos

If you are a blogger looking for free photos to use in your blog posts or a designer looking for free photography to use in your designs, then check …

10 Incredibly Inspirational Quotes

Advice from famously smart and fearless women to get you through anything.<p><b>1. Katharine Hepburn</b><p>"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."<p><b>2. Amy Poehler</b><p>"I love bossy women. I could be around them all day. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading."<p><b>3.</b> …

Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers So Much?

Healthcare has its critics, but few of them are calling for doctors to be replaced. Education is different—and as a new book reveals, it has been throughout U.S. history.<p>America hates teachers.<p>That's not exactly the thesis of Dana Goldstein's <i>The Teacher Wars</i>, but her account of 200 years of …

27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom

<b>27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>We’ve talked about the <b>definition of intrinsic motivation</b> in the past. …

25 Stunning Photos of Kate Middleton

But really, isn't any photo of Kate Middleton a gorgeous photo?<p>But really, isn't any photo of Kate Middleton a gorgeous photo?

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In Pursuit of Happiness: When Did Cheap Become Great?

Why is it that a good chunk of us have favored products that mock the standards of quality, ethics, and beauty?<p>Why is it that a tee manufactured by modern-day slaves out of toxic materials wins the wallets of so many, while a tee made from sustainable materials by respected workers falls short in …

8 Times to Reduce Tension Throughout the Day

For National Women's Health Week, try to stress a little less: Follow this daily schedule for times throughout the day that you can take a bit of a breather (and ahhh… doesn't that feel better?)<p>Today's subtle stressors can not only make you feel spent come evening—they can affect your health 10 …

43 Funny Moments From The Royal Family's Tour Of Australia And New Zealand

Britain's royal family may have gone into "hiding" after their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, but they sure have left us with lots of memories.<p>Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George had a jam-packed schedule from the day that they first landed in Wellington, New Zealand to …

Smithsonian Magazine's 2013 Photo Contest

The editors of <i>Smithsonian magazine</i> have just announced the 60 finalists in their 11th annual photo contest. They've kindly allowed me to share several of these images here, including some great shots from each of the competition's six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, …