Can “Mindfulness” Help Students Do Better in School?

By Emily Holland, The Wall Street Journal, 2/16/15  Advocates say the technique raises focus, lowers stress. Critics see religion in disguise. “Mindfulness” has gotten a lot of buzz recently, with everyone from tech executives to professional athletes to lawmakers saying they use it to combat stress, stay balanced and perform better…. Now some educators and […]
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4 Things Lecture Is Good For

By Robert Talbert, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/13/12 1. Modeling thought processes. The benefit of hearing an expert learner…is that, if the lecture is clearly given, the audience can gain some insights into what makes the expert an expert. A good lecture does more than convey facts — it lays bare the cognitive processes that […]
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Redos & Retakes Done Right

By Rick Wormeli, Educational Leadership, November 2011  Second chances promote more learning—and prepare students for adult life. Jarrel plagiarized one paragraph in his health class essay…. Carla came to after-school review sessions…but only scored a D on her English exam. Marco was distracted by other things when he did his history homework…. All three students […]
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The Best Teachers Provoke

“The Wilds of Education,” By Frank Bruni, The New York Times, 9/27/14  Caution and conformity are pervasive in classrooms. Isn’t education supposed to disrupt and challenge? When it comes to bullying, to sexual assault, to gun violence, we want our schools to be as safe as possible. But when it comes to learning, shouldn’t they […]
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Brainstorming Doesn’t Work—Do This Instead

By Rochelle Bailis, Forbes Magazine, 10/8/14 We find our best ideas when we stop pretending every idea is a good one. Have you ever sat through a fruitless brainstorming session and wondered—who came up with this?… Alex F. Osborn, the father of brainstorming and a passionate advertising executive who set out to transform how companies […]
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Socrates: Inspiring Student Interaction

“Socrates: The Teaching Superstar,” by Eric Westervelt, NPR’s Morning Edition, 10/29/14 Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world, was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for “corrupting” the minds of Athenian youth. But Socrates’…question-and-dialogue-based teaching style lives on in many classrooms as the Socratic method. I went to Oakland Technical High School […]
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Why Students Still Prefer Printed Word

by Michael Rosenwald, The Washington Post, 2/22/15  Greater comprehension with fewer distractions. Frank Schembari loves books — printed books. He loves how they smell. He loves scribbling in the margins, underlining interesting sentences, folding a page corner to mark his place. Schembari is not a retiree who sips tea at [a] bookstore. He is 20, a […]
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Every Teacher Can Be a STEM Teacher

“The Kind of STEM Teachers We Need,” by Carol Ann Tomlinson, Educational Leadership, Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015  Give me teachers in every subject who relentlessly cause kids to wonder. I’m great with the idea of STEM for all students. I get the need for a society to have a sustained crop of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and […]
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7 Things Quiet Students Wish Teachers Understood

by Marsha Pinto, The Huffington Post, 8/25/14 1. Being quiet doesn’t make us less smart. Teachers don’t understand how frustrating it can get reading the comment, ” _____ is a great student but he/she doesn’t participate in class.”… Still waters run deep. I know some teachers like to base grades on participation, but…it’s difficult for us […]
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Give Students a Break

“Don’t Be Hard to Get Along With,” by Anthony Aycock, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/16/15  When we’re implacable, we’re not teaching our students how the world works. We’re just being jerks. I had worked on a master’s for two years when, just before graduation, I made a joyless discovery: I had forgotten to apply to […]
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