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Curing Students of Nomophobia

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Do you know this word? Nomophobia is a term describing a growing fear in today's world -- the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact. Among today's high school and college students, it's on the rise.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

Dear Students

Katie Manley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Katie Manley

If you think no one cares, we do. If you think no one wants to see you succeed, we want nothing more than that. If you think no one understands you, we will try. If you think you can't do it, we think you can. If you think you aren't special, we think you are. We are in your corner.

7 Things A Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood

Marsha Pinto | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Marsha Pinto

For quiet students, another school year calls for the oh-so-familiar report card comments on participation and the series of unfortunate classroom events they've come to know all too well.

8 Ways to Get Grandparents Involved in Your Child's Classroom

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Lisa Carpenter

Grandparents are often ready, willing and happy to attend school activities, but may fear overstepping their boundaries when it comes to helping out with educational matters.

Teachers, Like Mr. Keating, Deserve Due Process, Support, and Our Respect

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Teachers can and do make a real difference in children's lives, and a real reform agenda would make investments in improving teacher quality. But we must not pretend that eliminating due process would improve teacher quality, that raising students' test scores is the sole solution or that teacher quality is the only educational obstacle facing students.

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Vikas Pota

The low status of teachers means that we are missing out on thousands of the most talented graduates who won't join a profession that does not command respect.

The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Storytelling, to a degree, can provide instruction closer to a real-life experience than a didactic lecture full of statistics. Here are some simple suggestions on how to capitalize on storytelling as you teach or lead students.

Extra, Extra! How to Get Your Face On Screen

Uloop | Posted 08.20.2014 | College
Uloop

Most movie extras are not professionals in the acting business, but rather just people who you would see on the street. Everyone has the opportunity to become a movie extra, if they only know how.

In Asia, Cheating to the Test

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Andrew Lam

Is this a uniquely Asian problem? Intellectual laziness is a major issue here in the United States too, and students buy homework online to avoid thinking the way they download music from iTunes. But America still values those who think outside the box, originality.

The Overachiever's Guide to Senior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement. I have learned that my very best students were focused, driven, and disciplined enough to follow these key steps-to-success during their senior year.

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

Mark W. Guay | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark W. Guay

You can also use these writing techniques to identify your passion and purpose because all of these writing strategies are meta-cognitive in nature, which is a big fancy word that means you call attention to your thoughts and think about your own thinking.

How I Jumpstarted My Post-Grad Life in Three Simple Steps

Maxwell Pichan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Maxwell Pichan

My hope is that by forming good habits early on and sharing them with others, I can do my part in establishing a new baseline for a generation as it begins to tackle the "real world." We have it in us to be successful and to help others, but we must first do all we can to help ourselves.

What Women Want

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Feminism is about enabling women to have what they choose. But women choose to feel like women - to experience the delectable polarity of the female and the male, and that requires a culture that empowers, and celebrates, both.

A Dozen (or so) Ways to Tame the Back-to-School Freak Out

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Tara Kennedy-Kline

When I finally realized that the temporary insanity I was experiencing in my clients was actually full out anxiety, I took a look at all the habits, actions and tools I used as a child and even now as a parent coach and mother, to tame the Back-to-School Freak Out.

The Most Annoying Things That Teachers Say

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

To give everyone a better idea, I had my students list the most annoying things that their teachers (including me) say, and, some of my amazing colleagues and I decided to turn that list into a Vine.

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Christine Henseler

As the world gets bigger and the world's problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the Arts and Humanities provide just that.

This Is Why I Teach

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Grete DeAngelo

I've lost count of how many times I've heard, "I could never do what you do," but I think that's only because people don't know what they are missing out on.

Slumming It Sweetly: What to Do if You Wake Up Late

Uloop | Posted 08.08.2014 | College
Uloop

Your alarm goes off at 7 a.m. sharp. You decide to hit the snooze button. The alarm stops and you let out a sigh of relief, letting your heavy lids drift shut for a few more minutes. Only, it isn't a few more minutes. You startle awake and have a mini panic attack. You know you won't have time to get ready, so what should you do?

Your Teen's Summer Job Could Trigger Tax Implications for Both of You

Mark Steber | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Many things change when our children start working, let's look at the tax impact since those are clearer and certainly more readily explainable than other changes with our teenagers.

Plato Was an Incompetent Mook

Stephen Whittaker | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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.

Why I Am Illiterate in Math & How Public Education Can Fix It

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

I read the New York Times Magazine cover story about Americans' struggle with math, with special appreciation: I stink at math. I always thought my pr...

Fresh Eyes on an Old Problem

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.31.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not too long ago, I spoke before a group of school leaders in a district where the new superintendent had asked me to talk about the practices of high...

The Die Is Cast

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa DeCastro

The school year brings new lessons to students that will hopefully remain with them until they too attend weddings years later and spontaneously recite lessons fondly, with a new appreciation for those that helped shape their lives.