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6 awesome campsites within about an hour of Los Angeles

From the coast to the mountains<p>One of Los Angeles’s best attributes is that it has mountains, beaches, and deserts all relatively close to its hardcore urban zones.<p>It is sometimes easy to forget just how close those resources are, so to nudge would-be travelers into taking advantage of them, we've …

RVs

15 Instagram-Worthy Los Angeles Restaurants To Try ASAP

From decadent ice cream pies to custom donuts, Los Angeles has become a foodie's go-to destination for innovative new delicacies. And while New York …

12 Merry Wines to Drink (and Gift) for the Holidays

In the hectic, overextended days of December, the perfect wine pairings aren’t always about food: They’re about matching the right wines with the people, occasions, and holiday traditions that are important to us (and maybe a couple that we just have to endure). Here are a dozen wines that you may …

Flavors

Three Bars to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles

<i>By the time Friday finally comes, we here at Eater LA start to get pretty darn thirsty. After drinking our way around town, we're here to be your guide to the</i> <i>city</i><i>'s best watering holes, whether it be a craft beer mecca or a hidden speakeasy for cult rums. Yup, we've officially become your favorite</i> …

3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

"Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her." - Urie Bronfenbrenner<p>I asked the university for a course release, …

11 Research-Based Classroom Management Strategies

Embry and Biglan describe how a kernel might help the parent whose child is struggling to get out the door on time for school: “Alone, such a …

How to fix 7 annoyances in iOS 11

As with any iOS update, you may not welcome all of iOS 11's changes.<p>There's an adjustment period with any new iOS. New features get added. Things get moved around. If some of iOS 11's changes have left you feeling frustrated, then perhaps the following seven fixes will have you feeling better about …

App Store

How to Download Facebook Videos to Your iPhone's Camera Roll

If you’re a frequent user of Facebook, then at some point you must have come across a video that you wanted to save to your iPhone or share with your …

Apps

When 1 + 0 = 2, or DIY Butter

<i>We originally ran this post in 2015, but we brought it back because we had a hankering for butter and toast.</i><p><i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Make your own butter in a one-step</i> …

Butter

24 Gadgets That Will Make Your Morning Coffee Taste Better

Even the most avid of coffee geeks get stuck in a rut. My old glass-walled French press and a grinder I picked up at the hardware store make coffee that is good <i>enough</i>, sure, but at this point I use them out of habit. A few years ago, I tried a real cold brewer from our Shop for the first time and …

Coffee

22 Powerful Closure Activities

What Is Closure?<p>Closure is the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, a phenomenon that Colorado State University professor …

New Teachers: Classroom-Management Fundamentals

• Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems: Reflect on some of the potential reasons behind student misbehavior. (Edutopia, 2015)<br>• The Power of Keeping …

Teaching

Buzz builds for new 'Star Wars' film: 'Within minutes ... we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets'

Move over, "Moana." There's a new hot ticket in town.<p>Despite Disney's latest animated tale scoring an estimated $81 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, it was an upcoming Disney release that had the internet abuzz Monday morning.<p>Ticket sales for “<p>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” began at 9 …

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Anthony Bourdain Wants to Die at Chateau Marmont

<b>It's so great that you love L.A., because the knee-jerk reaction of so many New Yorkers is to disdain it.</b><br>Well, that was my knee-jerk reaction for the …

Time I

The 16 Hottest Brunch Spots in Los Angeles, April 2018

There's nothing better than a great brunch to either kick off or cap the weekend's festivities. Saturday and Sunday mornings (and often into the afternoons) are prime time for weekend dining warriors to grab a bloody mary, mimosa, or bellini, because, well, if there isn't booze, brunch is just late …

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

• Focus their eyes on the speaker<br>• Be quiet<br>• Be still<br>• Empty their hands<br>• Listen.<p>There is also the "three fingers" version, which stands for stop, look, and …

How to Talk to a “Problem Student” Without Them Tuning You Out

A few days later Devin got in trouble with me for something else and I was able to have him agree to see me after school (that itself was another …

6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

Share One Word<p>Ask students to share one word about how they are feeling that day. It can be in general, about a new project, or about something that …

3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers

The answer is to have them produce ideas without writing at all. That’s right, the way to get hesitant writers to produce as much writing as they do …

5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

1. Set the Tone<p>I firmly believe that a student's misbehavior in the past does not necessarily equate to future indiscretions. At the beginning of the …

6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life

Later, you're working in a group with your friends. Everyone else seems to have come to the same conclusion about a number pattern, but you've …

Teaching

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

Big Strategies: Fundamental Principles of Classroom Management<p><i>1. Follow the first step of hypnosis.</i><p>A hypnotist's first induction technique often …

Teaching

8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

1. Make a Top 10 List<p>Dave Burgess suggested having kids make their Top 10 list of what they had learned during the school year. (Think David …

Teaching

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Problem Solvers Now = Problem Solvers Later<p>I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation …

Pedagogy

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Raising our voice to get students' attention is not the best approach, and the stress it causes and the vibe it puts in the room just isn't worth it. …

Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips

Public Versus Private Relationship<p>Community organizers try to help people understand the difference between public and private relationships (I was …

Teaching

Q&A: What to know about LA's planned rent registry

Every year in Los Angeles, there are hundreds of instances of landlords illegally raising the rent. City officials have a plan to stop that: creating …

6 Beautiful Desert Day Hikes Within Los Angeles County

<i>When it comes to nearby desert hiking, Joshua Tree and its namesake national park deservedly come to mind. At over two hours away, it makes for a</i> …

Hiking

DIY Scratch-Off Cards For Super-Crafty Thank-You Notes

Writing a thank-you note is, let’s face it, a tedious art that's being replaced by easier means; I’m used to getting texted all-caps THANK YOU!!'s and emails that say about as much, and am guilty of using those same expressions rather than heeding my parents' instructions to always, always—even …

Creative Writing