teaching

Can You Engineer a Life?

When I started to read a book by a Stanford engineering professor, I thought I’d learn more about how to think than how to feel. I certainly didn’t expect the first line of the first chapter to read: “Your life has no meaning.” But Bernard Roth, author of The Achievement Habit and founding member of…

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5 Ways to Foster Young Children’s Emotional Literacy

If you’re a parent or educator looking for concrete strategies for fostering young children’s emotional literacy, look no further! Deborah Farmer Kris, educator, author, and parent, has mined the research and translated it  into “do-now” strategies you can use today. Here’s a quick link to the article featured today in MindShift.  

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Nothing Beats Doing It for Yourself

If I told you that a metal paperclip can float on water, would you believe me? What if I explained the chemistry behind it? What if you saw it? Better yet, what if you got it to float, learned why, and had to explain it to someone else? I used to do these things when I…

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Teachers as Critical Thinkers and Actors

How often do we talk about teaching or teachers in this way today? Thoughtful quote from John Dewey (1895). He writes about teachers as intelligent, critical thinkers and actors (came across it in Dana Goldstein’s recent book, The Teacher Wars): It is . . . advisable that the teacher should understand, and even be able…

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Why Does Classroom Teaching Stay the Same?

No one sees it. That’s why classroom teaching today looks like it has for centuries. Ask teachers how often they get feedback on their teaching – on actual classroom interactions with students – and you’ll probably hear, “only when I’m on an evaluation cycle.” Ask tenured teachers, and you may hear, “never.” There’s a greater…

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