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Mark W. Guay
Mark W. Guay is a bit obsessed with coffee and sharing the story of world-changing innovators.

He is the voice behind the The Traveling Cup

He is based just north of NYC in the Hudson Valley where he has been spotted in downward dog.

Entries by Mark W. Guay

Micro-Roasted Writing: 3 Mindful Writing Tips to Move Beyond Writer's Block

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Sometimes writers find themselves like I was this morning: staring at a blank screen listening to dubstep hoping magically that words will fill the screen.

(And that's when my cat Yoda walked across the keyboard and words did actually fill the screen. They just didn't make any sense.)


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My Cup of Coffee with Robin Williams

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:47 AM

I woke up today and did what I know I shouldn't do first thing in the morning: check my social media feeds.

At 4:23 a.m., the alarm 7 minutes from buzzing, I laid there nuzzled in my comforter with my face an iridescent glow as my finger flicked through...

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The Mindful Classroom

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Before you read this article, open up a new tab:

Feel free to take a five-minute meditation to center your thoughts and come back to this article more fully into the present.

Students all around the world now stretch in downward dog in a more mindful...

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5 Tips to "Teach" Entrepreneurship to Students

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Okay, you can't really "teach" entrepreneurship. It's an experience, not so much a content-area like history. As Sir Richard Branson put it in a recent interview about implementing enterprise culture at schools, "The best way of learning about anything is doing." That said, teachers all around the world are finding...

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Using Design Thinking to 'Teach' the Power of Failure and Grit to Students

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 5:20 AM

At the 99u Conference, innovators and top designers from all over the world took the stage to share their stories of sweat, toil and all-in-all grit that it took to have momentous success: stories of failure, perseverance and a diehard belief in oneself.

Students need to hear these stories...

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3 Tips to Find Inner Peace With Lyme Disease or Chronic Illness

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:52 PM

It was month 20, the span of what could have been two pregnancies, the start to a successful career, or a vagabonding trip around the world.

Instead, what she saw was the couch. Or bed. Or the insides of another doctor's visit.

After what now appears to be...

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Giving Voice to the Introverted Student: Online vs. Traditional School

(5) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:57 PM

Let's start with the word "introvert." For reasons shown below, it has become a word of whisper where students and adults don't feel comfortable calling themselves an introvert. Introverts are weak, right? Like Emily Dickinson-weird, right? 

Unless you're Susan Cain, of course, who writes about how the digital age has paved...

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Google Takes One Giant Leap in Building the Connected Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 10:43 AM

As our students prepare to graduate into an exponentially changing economy, there's one skill that often goes unchecked in the development of Common Core curriculum: the ability to think, act and communicate globally.

This means more than learning the history of another country or speaking and writing in more foreign...

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3 Reasons Why the School Principal Needs to Tweet

(9) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 5:23 PM

I envision every school principal with smartphone in hand, anxious to send out the next tweet. And here's why:

Now, more than ever before, schools have their own media channel -- the ability to say what they want and show the world how amazing they are.

It's saddening to...

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Black Friday Meditation

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 11:24 AM

As a suggestion from my therapist,
I rise early to sit with legs crossed and eyes closed to breathe in "Let"
and breathe out "Go" and my mind races
like the #BlackFriday shoppers -- dashing, jabbing, prancing
on top of the faces of...

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On Student Discussion and Unemployment: Students Become What They Repeatedly Do

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:21 PM

When hanging out the other day with my friends Pavlov and Aristotle, they got me thinking about what behaviors students regularly repeat through the years of schooling. They mentioned it might have something to do with those struggling with unemployment.

Pavlov mentioned that animals have involuntary responses to external stimuli...

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Academic Fuel for Performance -- From Mushy-Brain to Einstein Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Imagine if students looked at food the way athletes do -- as fuel for performance.

There's a reason athletes eat for performance. It gets them to the finish line fast. Food for performance makes sense. Just consider why Wheaties' marketing campaign relies on having the strongest Olympic athletes...

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Are We Building a School in the Cloud? Think Rationally Please

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:47 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

At the 2013 TED conference, Sugata Mitra had one wish granted to him. At TED, genies appear in the form of someone with clout like Bill...

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Ignore the Blame Game -- 5 Steps to Build a School Culture of Innovation

(53) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:05 PM

It's easy to blame. Just think back to childhood and the first time you did something you were ashamed of, like stealing some cotton candy. The gut-reaction? "He did it!"

You need a face to blame. Yet, when it comes to a problem as ambiguous as the school system, it's not okay to blame...

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