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5 Celebrity Lessons From 2011

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

This year, Hollywood and the media handed parents everywhere more material for their "I told you so" conversations. Here's a recap...

Habit #5 Intention and Expectation: The Impact on the Class

Willow Dea | Posted 02.27.2012 | Education
Willow Dea

When we intend something, and are open to the actual (and possibly different) outcome, there's an opportunity to learn, stay curious and be with a new, perhaps better outcome.

Lesson of the Year: No Excuses

Randy Miller | Posted 02.21.2012 | Education
Randy Miller

My students make it hard for me to complain, to cry, to whine or to get annoyed that I don't have the comforts that technology provides. They understand that despite their lack of resources, I expect their best.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

Over the last two months, the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. They launched an incubator for the top scientists and engineers in the U.S. This week we saw the results.

When You've Exhausted All Your Parenting Skills, What's Next?

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 02.15.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

If you're a parent or guardian or even an uncle or aunt, you know the feeling of helplessness when you are at a loss for helping your child or children grow and succeed.

Habit #4: Listening for "What Wants to Happen"

Willow Dea | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Willow Dea

Another way of making a decision is not to. Listening for what wants to happen is to follow the intelligence of the intersubjective space, the morphog...

What Is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Given the wealth of diversity in our nation's public schools, instructional theory is advocating a shift toward a pedagogy that emphasizes an academically enriching environment for students of all ethnicities, races, beliefs, and creeds.

Teaching As A Second Career

Second Act | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty

Sitting at your desk at your corporate job, have you ever wished you were back at school? If so, why not consider teaching?...

The Startup Team

Steve Blank | Posted 02.13.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Finding a product/market fit amidst startup chaos requires a team with a combination of hackers, hustlers, designers and visionaries.

Dummy for Yoga

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 02.11.2012 | Fifty
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

In the middle of my sixth decade (at age 54, Oh Best Belovéds), I abandoned the life of the mind, as I once conceived it, and gave myself over, quixo...

Teaching in a Diverse America: It's the Relationships That Matter

Maureen Costello | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

Our nation continues to grow more diverse. It's especially apparent in our nation's classrooms where one out of four students are the children of im...

Taking Things Apart

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 01.30.2012 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

An artist learns to notice things by him or herself, maturing as an observant and reflective individual. The creation of art is ultimately not entirely a product of conscious intent, though conscious awareness helps a lot. Teachers help us get there.

New York Non-Profit Attracts Post50 Volunteers

Posted 11.25.2011 | Fifty

Many Post50s are following the path of reinvention, taking up encore careers, starting second acts and receiving standing ovations for seeking new ful...

Relationships Matter

Sean Slade | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

Whether it be inside the classroom, outside the school, between peers, teachers or families, relationships are key to student success and growth.

Fixing Education Starts With Respect

Patricia G. Mathes | Posted 01.21.2012 | Education
Patricia G. Mathes

If we, as a nation, want to truly improve the quality of education in our nation, then we must start by giving the profession of teaching the respect it deserves.

My Reflections As a Judge at the Microsoft Global Forum

Lee Kolbert | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education
Lee Kolbert

The judging interviews proved to be the richest experience as that is where the human-element of the projects emerged, where I got to learn a little about what brought these teachers to the Forum and what motivates them to teach in sometimes very challenging circumstances.

Reading Scores and Wars: A New Solution

Pam Allyn | Posted 01.12.2012 | Education
Pam Allyn

The simplest solution and the key to stronger reading is to treat reading as practice. Teachers need to reduce the amount of time spent talking about the benefits of reading and allow students to sit down and read.

Pay Attention in Class

Jeff Selingo | Posted 01.11.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

If students think of themselves as customers, they often view the professor at the front of the room as a performer. And just like when they go to a concert or a movie, students expect to be engaged, persuaded, or even entertained.

Teaching In The Young Lions' Lair

Turnstyle | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

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Transforming Teaching For Today's Tech-Savvy Young Children

Michael Levine | Posted 01.08.2012 | Education
Michael Levine

The recent series of reports on technology's unfulfilled promise by the New York Times called "Grading the Digital School" is an important wake-up cal...

I Hate That Kids Hate Math!

Kelly Trotter King | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education
Kelly Trotter King

After 16 years as an educational consultant, one of the most often heard phrases that makes me cringe is, "I hate math!". This is generally followed b...

Where Do Independent Learners Come From? In Mexico, Teachers Experience Them to Foster Them

Sara Vogel | Posted 01.01.2012 | Education
Sara Vogel

By the time I realized I was fostering dependency in my own classroom, it was already too late to turn the ship around. I was left with a burning question: How do we develop independent learners?

Take the Training Wheels Off

Peter Baksa | Posted 12.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

If the traditional way of doing things isn't working for you, change the way you are looking at the situation. This thinking automatically opens you up to new solutions and for others to lend a helping hand as well.

Fair Lawn, NJ: 'Teacher of the Year' Moves On Amid School District Discord | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home

"It was a hard decision because Fair Lawn has always been good to me. But it's just getting harder and harder to be a teacher..."...

Retirees Try Teaching As A Second Career | Posted 12.19.2011 | Fifty

Their reasons for wanting to teach are as diverse as their professional backgrounds. They are retired engineers, Army lieutenants, business executives...