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Summer Is Also for Learning

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Because of the "shut down" nature of the school calendar, it is easy for us to quickly engage in similar mental cessation at this time. In fact, many of our colleagues seek to completely shift out of teacher mode during the summer. In my humble view, this is a mistake.

Professional Chefs And Mathematics Professors: A Comparison

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 07.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

I am glad that I don't have to choose yet, but if I had to, I would teach Mathematics part-time and run a small seafood cafe on a beach.

The Future Demands We Teach About Diversity, Bias

Maureen Costello | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Maureen Costello

Eighth-graders in Christopher Avery's world cultures class often found that learning about the world meant confronting their own biases. When the class discussed the Middle East, talk turned to the power of stereotypes.

When It Pays to Think Inside the Box

Sue Gober | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

Last summer my granddaughter, Brooke, played in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Seeing Our Way to Foster Care Solutions

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Day by day they are working to shed light on the issues and problems they see, and they are paving the way for families to heal and re-start their lives. Let's not be blinded by the maze of blame.

How To Say 'NO!' To A Toddler or Young Child

Diana Grycan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As a mother, grandmother and teacher of many, many years, I have either read about or learned about or tried just about every suggestion that has ever been made about making boundaries for children.

The Hardest Part of Teaching

Peter Greene | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate.

Go Ahead, Tell Them Your Age!

Nicole Lavonne Smith | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Nicole Lavonne Smith

A student and I sat reflecting on the dance we had just performed for the school talent show when he asked me, "Nicole, how old are you?"

12 Ways Teaching Is Like Baseball

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Rick Ayers

Often teachers work behind closed doors, alone. But the colleagues are important to hold you up, back you up, and make that awesome diving catch.

To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Ignored by our current education policies are the facts that one in four American children lives below the poverty line and a growing number are homeless, without regular access to food or health care, and stressed by violence and drug abuse around them. Educators now spend a great deal of their time trying to help children and families in their care manage these issues, while they also seek to close skill gaps and promote learning.

A Home Run in the Midst of the World Cup!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are in the midst of World Cup soccer play, but this week has been a HOME-RUN for those of us in the early-learning literacy arena. On Tuesday, June...

Moral Stories and the Media

Eldon Taylor | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

A recent study carried out by researchers, Victoria Talwar of McGill University and Kang Lee at the University of Toronto, demonstrated the value of p...

Life Coaching Is Not Weird

Michael Feeley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Feeley

Coaching is an active, invigorating process assisting you to reach your potential, challenging and supporting you, seeing what is working well for you and promoting that success so you can achieve miraculous and logical results.

6 Ideas for Teaching Digital Reputation

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

When we approach digital reputation in an empowering way it allows us to reframe the conversation. Instead of nagging students about not posting party pictures on Facebook, we can empower them to build a digital reputation that aligns with the legacy they hope to achieve.

A Letter to First-Year Teachers

Sue Gober | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

If you are reading this blog, you just survived your first year as a teacher. Congratulations! School is out, summer calls and the beach beckons, but your work isn't over... not yet!

Why Do More Women Volunteer Abroad Than Men?

Yelena Parker | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Yelena Parker

Why is it that so few men get excited about coming to help local communities in Africa? What are the true motivations for most volunteers? Do women have very different reasons for volunteering abroad from men?

The Power of 'Yes'

Jennifer McDermott | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Jennifer McDermott

The Power of "Yes" I have been the mother of three capable boys for the past 19 years. Ever-evolving, they are all works in progress. I also work in...

The Secret That Increases Effort 40%

Tim Elmore | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Every coach or teacher knows there's no moment more important than the one when feedback is delivered. Do it well, and the learner makes progress. Do it poorly, and the opposite happens.

This 7th Grader Is Having 5 Existential Crises We Can All Relate To

Eric Barry | Posted 06.06.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

A good friend of mine who teaches walked into his classroom this afternoon to discover that one of his students had decided to enumerate their introspections on the classroom board.

A Thank You Letter To The People Who Have Taught Me Everything

Valerie Hsieh | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Valerie Hsieh

Even though I certainly don't have the enthusiasm or stamina necessary for being a teacher, I do believe it's important to recognize those wonderful people who dedicate so much of their lives to improving the next generation(s).

Numbers Don't Lie, People Lie with the Numbers

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

About five years ago, I asked the head of my children's school how well standardized tests work. He responded with this question: How will you use the results?

The Time a Student Called Me 'Sassy'

Calee Prindle | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Calee Prindle

The student apologized. Did he meant it? I'm not sure. I think he is still struggling to understand the problem with the word "sassy," and that's OK for now.

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Megan McDonough | Posted 06.05.2014 | Business
Megan McDonough

The dreaded question of What should I do with my life? is a common one. From childhood to adulthood, we ask it of ourselves and others ask it of us. The decision can be tortuous.

Tending to Your Classroom Garden

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

As an educator, my outdoor experience gives me much time to reflect about our true passion, engaging and inspiring children. To that end, different aspects of the gardening experience conjure up key aspects of child growth and development.

The Joys and Benefits of Cursive Writing

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

As a writer and former English teacher I sensed this. But now, science agrees with me. Yes, it's official. The New York Times says we learn more and express ourselves better when we write long hand.