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'Thing Explainer' - A Review of Randall Munroe's New Book (Using the Ten Hundred Most Common Words)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Peter H. Gleick

By using this small number of letters, you have to think about how to say things in a different, shorter, way. This new book does the same kind of thing: it makes us think about how to explain ideas and offer information in a simpler way.

On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

The threat and reality of violence hinders girls' access to education and undermines their ability to learn. Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives.

Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

For many educators, the testing paradigm has removed the joy of teaching, leaving little time for connecting deeply with students. This sense of connection isn't a luxury. Throughout the country, teachers are resisting the testing paradigm by putting those person-to-person bonds first.

6 Leaders to Be Thankful for

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

We all know a great leader when we see one, and to be sure bad leaders aren't hard to spot either. Leaders who are responsible, engaged, and effective may have different approaches, but there's no doubt they get the job done.

3 Ways to Teach Your Child Gratitude

Sarah Kupferschmidt | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Sarah Kupferschmidt

With thanksgiving on the horizon, gratitude is something that is frequent fodder for discussion this time of year. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I have had to work with some incredible children with autism and their families.

Those Teachable Moments in a Standardized World

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

They say there's no such thing as a stupid question. 'They' have clearly never been a middle school teacher.

Gratitude in Times of Suffering

Imam Jamal Rahman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Imam Jamal Rahman

The practice of gratitude is central to Islam. Students of Islamic spirituality are sometimes asked to ponder on a teaching story about the Mulla, who...

Robin Rivers: Getting Back Up

A Teacher Like You | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

We get so caught up in testing that we're forgetting to nurture kids. We forget that school isn't just a place to learn, but a place to grow and become a person. That person in charge of that classroom, who kids are looking up to, needs to be a nurturer and a caregiver, a counselor and a relationship guru.

How I Got There: Jan Svejnar

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Lan Anh Vu

Jan Svejnar is the 2015 winner of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, widely regarded as the most prestigious science award in the field. Svejnar is Director of the center on global economic governance and Professor of global political economy at Columbia University.

Student Solutions to Global Problems: STEM Education in South Carolina

Randal Mason | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

When students constantly check their phones in class, high school teachers may suspect the worst--cheating, gossip, cyber-bullying. But not Kirstin Bullington, a science, engineering, and computer science teacher at W.J. Keenan High School in Columbia, South Carolina; she genuinely gets excited when she sees phones out.

3 Tips for Talking About Tragic Events With Kids

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

It is important in times like this to remember that individuals respond to grief and difficult circumstances in a variety of ways.

Abundance in Many Forms

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.

5 Crucial Considerations to Help You Better Steward Criticism

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

We often discuss how to be better stewards of time, money, and resources, but have you ever considered the importance of stewarding criticism?

For Parents of Kids Who Give Up on Education

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 11.18.2015 | Education
Deborah Schoeberlein David

If your kids are giving up on learning, then its time to raise some (or some more) heat at school. Respectfully, constructively and effectively. This means go meet with the teacher, then the counselor and then the administrators.

Jamie Chenault: Seeing Every Face in the Room

A Teacher Like You | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

We have a question on the board that says, "What are you going to do today to make a difference for your tomorrow?" We reflect on that every day. It doesn't have to be about learning, either; they could've made a new friend or helped someone out. But it is about them showing up.

Say No to Closing Amandla!

Teach Plus | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Brighid Bennett I found Jamal sitting alone in the stairwell, staring blankly at the wall in front of him. In the morning, our principal told the...

Teaching About Paris and ISIS on Monday

Alan Singer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

So students are all on the same page, I would start the lesson with a list of headlines, but would avoid video coverage. Based on these headlines from the New York Times and what you know from media coverage, what happened in Paris, France this weekend?

The Illusion of Inclusion: How We Are Failing Students with Learning Disabilities

Jessica R. Toste | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Jessica R. Toste

We are now in an era where many schools endorse and embrace the goal of full inclusion for students with disabilities. And undoubtedly, inclusion is key to obtaining educational and social equity.

The Road to Sorata

Saleem Ahmed | Posted 11.12.2015 | Travel
Saleem Ahmed

As this is my first entry on Huffington Post, I would like to briefly introduce myself and my intentions for this blog. My name is Saleem Ahmed, and I...

What Is This Thing Called Denial?

Diana Grycan | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

When my children were small, the phrase "Not MY child!" could be heard from even the most effective and devoted parents. I must confess, I can be included in the list of those parents.

The Future of Higher Education? Ask the Magic-8 Ball!

Dan Butin | Posted 11.10.2015 | College
Dan Butin

Sure, virtual labs with adaptive tutoring modules and online forums and superstar professors lecturing to millions of MOOC participants may be part of the answer. But so will good old fashion dialogue and debate around a small table or community projects that have real-world significance.

For College Readiness, PARCC is Best

Teach Plus | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I graduated from a large urban school system and currently teach in a similar one where, as an Advanced Placement (AP) teacher, I have a unique vantage point from which to gauge the skills needed for college and career preparedness.

Future Tiger: Bangladesh and the Need for STEM Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

A teacher and a vocal advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, Siddiqa points to the successes of tiger economies like India, China, Malaysia, and Singapore as examples of how investment in STEM has led to overall economic improvements.

August "Sandy" Merz: The Good Still Remains

A Teacher Like You | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

People say that we make a difference because we do. Teaching doesn't feel like work -- it's just what I do. I know I could retire now, but I think I'm still pretty healthy and good at what I do. Not being a teacher is inconceivable to me.

Reflective Questions to Get You Thinking

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

This week held many cool experiences for me and Nacho, including talking to an entire elementary school one grade at a time, moving up grade-by-grade and seeing the graduated development of the children in such a vivid, obvious way that it brought tears to my eyes.