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The Serendipitous Learning Dilemma

THINK Global School | Posted 06.23.2016 | Education
THINK Global School

The best kind of discovery is a serendipitous one, whether it be discovering your future wife in line at Starbucks, an unclaimed $20.00 bill on the si...

From Professional to Professor

Karl Gude | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Karl Gude

Ten years ago I felt a powerful pull from the halls of academia to give back to my profession, to share my years of knowledge and experience with youn...

The Changing Dynamic Between the Teacher and the Taught

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Teachers, administrators, parents, students, and educational policy makers must work together on a range of assessment tools in order to optimize school operations and budgetary allocations for technology insertion into education.

Learning to Teach by Learning Badly: Lessons in Bookbinding

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Photo by author A role reversal is among the best means to learn. I am preparing to teach again after a bit of a break. I have made most of my career...

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continual...

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day one....

I Don't Like Poetry, I'm Not a Poetry Person

Tara Skurtu | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Every time I hear someone say "I don't like poetry," or "I'm not a poetry person," I think the opposite is true. I believe everyone is a poetry person. Poetry is just a form of storytelling, and we're born to tell stories.

A Culture of Cheating at the University?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I will never justify any student engaging in cheating, I also must ask what we as educators and educational policy maker are doing that lowers students' zest for learning.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First--Devices Second

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Hippo Reads

Given the enormous potential of edtech to assist teachers in highly diverse classrooms to truly personalize learning and obtain significant student academic growth, why are we seeing such consistent and large-scale edtech failure when it comes to gains in student academic achievement?

Guns: What Teachers Should Carry

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

When it comes to guns, what teachers should carry isn't a weapon -- it's the weight of the debate. Teachers must at least have more courage than Congress. At least let the kids study the issue.

No Student Should Have to Be "White Enough" to Succeed in School

Anindya Kundu | Posted 09.23.2016 | Education
Anindya Kundu

By the end of this semester if I can get that student to realize that she does not need to appear "white enough" to succeed, or that at least in my class she does not, I will consider that a victory.

Think Honestly and Critically About Reading and the Written Word

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 07.31.2016 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

As I delved deeper into Paul Thomas' work, and directed energy to the urgent nature of his calls for action and attention to class and race inequity in America, I found that we share many commonalities.

A Liberating Space for Humane Dialogue on Television

John Bredin | Posted 07.07.2016 | Good News
John Bredin

This year marks the five-year anniversary of Public Voice Salon, a TV show I co-created with my wife that seeks to revive the lost art of human conversation.

The Result of Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School: EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

This post is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series on Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School. As a clinical psychologist and forensic expert in sp...

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Someone said to me once that throughout the ages, more people have been killed in the name of religion than all the people who have ever died of all diseases combined. I don't know whether this is actually the case, but I do think it highlights a vital point.

How Engaged Learning Can Invigorate Higher Education

Footnote | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Footnote

By integrating activities in and out of the classroom into a comprehensive learning experience, engaged scholarship enhances learning and better prepares students to pursue their passions and career goals after graduation.

Is Your Child's Creativity Going Unnoticed?

Mark HT Ridinger, MD | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Mark HT Ridinger, MD

Intelligence is of course an important part of the equation but what of creativity, of identifying and measuring divergent thinking, and fostering its development?

The Rise of the Wisdom Worker

Mark HT Ridinger, MD | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Mark HT Ridinger, MD

Conventional wisdom has it that the knowledge worker will reign supreme well into the 21st century. The thing is, many aspects of "knowledge work" are being replaced by technology, most notably artificial intelligence.

Teaching for Social Justice: The Case of Charlie Hebdo

Noumane Rahouti | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Noumane Rahouti

By incorporating real life events into the classroom, the content of the class becomes more interesting and more meaningful to students. Further, it assists in creating responsible and autonomous citizens who are critical of the information presented to them in order to destroy the dichotomy of "us" and "them."

What Is a Teacher Leader? What Should It Be?

Sean Slade | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Sean Slade

Teachers have long wanted a say in how schools operate, but the system as a whole hasn't been prepared to accommodate their voices. But more often than not, these teacher leader roles have developed by osmosis rather than intent or planning.

Understanding an Important Nuance in Teaching About Religion

Murali Balaji | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

I always strongly urge teachers to avoid having parents (of any faith group) of their students come in and universalize a religion based purely on their experiences.

Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Will students as individuals and we as a country have to be threatened with our education being taken from us to understand the value of learning for the sake of learning?

Plato Was an Incompetent Mook

Stephen Whittaker | Posted 10.05.2014 | College
Stephen Whittaker

The current press for either the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or the Competency-Based Online Course (CBOC) makes clear that the old-style liberal arts colloquium has failed. But here's the thing: the false dilemma is nothing new.

What Do Kids Learn From Doing Homework?

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The nature of homework -- at what age it should start and what it should ask of children -- will continue to evolve. For now, perhaps we should want something better for our children than subjecting them to the same pressures that make our lives so hectic and stressful.