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More to Learn: Follow a Teacher Through Senior Year Again

Lillian Sims | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

It's Saturday, August 15, we're teachers, and we just survived the first week of school. Don't worry -- I'm not here to complain about it! I want to tell you why it's all worth it -- and how you can make it even better this year.

10 Things Traveling Teaches You That School Doesn't

College Tourist | Posted 08.17.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

Learning about other cultures in school is one thing, but actually experiencing a culture is completely different. Whether you're visiting art museums, looking at grand architectural landmarks, or even just stopping for a coffee break in a happening café, traveling exposes you.

Back to School: How to Set Your Kids Up for a Happy, Successful Semester

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Here are 5 simple things you can focus on to set your child up for a happy semester -- and maybe even the best school year, ever.

5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Get Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

With the first day right around the corner, here's a solid "app kit" for kindergartners that includes both academic skill builders and soft-skills strengtheners.

Learning at the Top of the Pyramid: How Penn Taught Me to Think

Theodore Caputi | Posted 08.12.2015 | College
Theodore Caputi

So what makes a Penn education so uniquely worthwhile and useful? What has helped me to gain the most from my Ivy League education? I found the answer from one of my extracurricular experiences at Penn.

6 R's of a Principal's Summer School

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

While school administrators are typically not "off" from school to the same extent as teachers, the relaxed days of June, July and August present school leaders with a special opportunity that is unique to this time of year. I like to think of them as a principal's own set of summertime "R's."

How I Became a Painter

Lauren Zander | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

It doesn't have to be a huge endeavor, like learning a new language or how to fly a plane. It doesn't even have to be a beloved hobby you gave up on years ago. Search your heart and ask yourself the same question I was asked at that dinner party. "If you had six weeks to learn anything, what would it be?"

Students Build Apps for Peers in Special Education

XPRIZE | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education

At San Elijo Middle School in San Diego, students are using their technology prowess to help fellow students with special needs learn. It began when one teacher's interest in his colleague's teaching methods blossomed into a program that uses technology as a learning aid for both of classes.

Why Do Human Beings Engage? 22 Impulses That Sustain Engagement

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

I'd like to capture and keep your attention for about 60 seconds while you read this post. I'm relying on your professional curiosity and commitment to impact. In other words, I'm betting on a short burst of engagement.

When Back-to-School Means Back to Being Scared for Kids With Disabilities

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Going back to school is always going to be a little nerve wracking. Kids will always worry about classes, friendships, and keeping up with the latest fads. But they should never have to worry for their safety.

10 Amazing Facts You May Not Know About the Desert

Jess Peláez | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Jess Peláez

1. Vast Deserts Though we're taught that much of the Earth is covered in water, in fact, deserts...

Trying To Be Perfect Won't Help You Achieve Your Goals -- But Here's What Will

James Clear | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

In other words, when you think about your goals, don't just consider the outcome you want. Focus on the repetitions that lead to that place. Focus on the piles of work that come before the success. Focus on the hundreds of ceramic pots that come before the masterpiece.

Babies And Bonobos Have Much More In Common Than You May Think

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science

  Our high-pitched human baby talk may not be so unique after all.  It turns out that bonobos -- a species of great ape most closely relate...

Grasping Both Sides: The Challenge

T Statman | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
T Statman

Knowledge of a single side is great, but how well does that help if you do not understand the opposite view? Can common ground be achieved that way? Even getting someone to see your view halfway is better than no way at all.

Design Your Down Time

Laurie Gerber | Posted 08.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Laurie Gerber

Design Your Life If you didn't know any better, you might say that sounds hard, right? I use the word "design" to describe how a person can plan an...

Things I Have Learned

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Jessica Denis

Isn't it crazy what love can do to you? If you read my other articles, you know that I feel love and hate are very similar emotions. Which brings me to the things I have learned.

Glorious Failures

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

At GEO's The Learning Conference 2015 in Boston last month, attendees heard from five of their peers who shared lessons they learned in their careers. If that doesn't sound special, I'm not surprised.

5 Ways Creativity Positively Affects Your Life

Katherine Parrott | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Katherine Parrott

Whether you're a creative soul or think you haven't got a single creative bone in your body: creativity has something for you. In today's marketplace, creativity is linked to innovation: a valuable and sought-after skill.

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small...


Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 07.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

"This is going to be hard" "This is going to 'suck'" "I'm going to have a terrible time" "I'm dreading going to work" Sound familiar? When we...

My Secret to Losing 20 Pounds

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Five months ago, my husband and I made a decision to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks. For both of us, having a child had taken its toll. We were beyond p...

What My Childhood Job Taught Me About Running a Business

Joe De Sena | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

Everyone has had that classic childhood job. The job might seem unglamorous, tedious, and even menial in nature. At the time, we did it for gas money, or an extra buck to take out a date. But these jobs--where we were overworked and underpaid--often teach us a lot more than we realized at the time.

How Can I Make Sure My Kids Don't Lose Knowledge and Skills Over the Summer?

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Summer slide -- when kids forget what they learned from the school year -- is pretty common. Here are a few ways to keep kids skills up over the summer.

I Forgive You, English Speakers

THINK Global School | Posted 07.23.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

Being a linguist does put you in a minority amongst native English speakers. I guess I've been in a little comprehension bubble by mainly traveling in countries in which I speak the lingo. All that changed when I moved to Greece.

Cutting Through The Educational Jargon: A Cheat Sheet What Do Teachers Mean When They Use These Words?

Barbara Levy | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
Barbara Levy

You go to your parent-teacher conference and of course, you expect to hear glowing comments about your child. Instead, the teacher uses educational jargon you don't understand. Your mind is racing and you are getting totally anxious and flustered. Does my child have a learning disability?