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How Music Primes Students for Learning | Edutopia

To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research. What makes music learning so powerful is how it … Continue reading

June 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven: An Excerpt from ‘Teach More, Hover Less’ | Edutopia

Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the centre of learning. A classroom free of micromanagement is not driven by a task-oriented approach. … Continue reading

June 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

The International Teacher Recruitment and Retainment Crisis

There has always been a ‘churn’ rate in teachers in school… a rate at which teachers entered and left the profession, many after the first few years of teaching. When … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Melancholy Decline of the Semicolon | The Post

Lancaster’s linguists believe that the end of the semicolon, along with shrinking sentence lengths in novels, is a reflection of a society addicted to social media. The shift, commented Justin … Continue reading

June 15, 2022 · 1 Comment

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research | Forbes #EmpathyDay

You always knew demonstrating empathy is positive for people, but new research demonstrates its importance for everything from innovation to retention. Leaders don’t have to be experts in mental health … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

The psychologist Carl Rogers and the art of active listening | Aeon #EmpathyDay

To listen well is not only a kindness to others but also, as the psychologist Carl Rogers made clear, a gift to ourselves. What Rogers learnt was that listening well … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Project-Based Learning Can Teach Empathy in School | Edutopia #EmpathyDay

When PBL is personal to students, it can provide more than just content knowledge – it can also foster important connections. All communities have unique histories that can enlighten and … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Why India’s poorest children are falling further behind | BBC News

Ten-year old Laxmi may never return to school. When the first wave of Covid-19 hit India, in early 2020, her school closed its doors and now her parents can no … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Diminishing Returns of Productivity Culture | Culture Study

Technology robbed workers’ of what had been highly valued physical knowledge about a job: the precise way to jimmy a stuck gear, the sound a machine makes when something’s about … Continue reading

June 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

100 Little Ideas | Collaborative Fund

A list of ideas and thought-provoking concepts, by Morgan Housel (@morganhousel) Depressive Realism: Depressed people have a more accurate view of the world because they’re more realistic about how risky and … Continue reading

June 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Decision-Making: What Happens When We Wait For “Something Better” | EurekAlert!

When we make decisions, we don’t always have all options available to choose from at the same time. Instead, they often come one after another, as for example when we … Continue reading

May 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Raise a Reader | The Art of Manliness

A recent survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that reading for pleasure among kids is at an all-time low.  The decline is likely attributed to the increased … Continue reading

May 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Set Up a ‘No Points Off for Late Work’ Policy | Edutopia

A look at how one teacher adjusted her policies to encourage learners to turn in quality assignments, even if they were late. Ultimately, my students and I both appreciated the … Continue reading

May 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Is Our Definition of Burnout All Wrong? | Bustle.com

A term suggesting rock bottom stops meaning rock bottom when we’re all there and, somehow, still going. Is our definition of burnout all wrong? The thing that made me wonder … Continue reading

May 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Why Standardised Education Systems Are Failing or Why it’s Essential to Embrace Creativity in Education | Ac-Ed

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For over 30 years or more the concept of standards and testing have characterised the mechanism by which policy has sought to improve education outcomes. There…

April 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Guiding Students to Develop a Clear Understanding of Their Phone Use | Edutopia

Banning cell phones from classrooms can backfire, but teachers can help students think critically about this addictive technology. It can also be tempting for schools to consider large-scale phone bans. … Continue reading

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

The People Deciding to Ditch Their Smartphones | BBC News

About nine out of 10 people in the UK now own a smartphone, a figure broadly replicated across the developed world. And we are glued to them – one recent study found that … Continue reading

April 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Leading an Exhausted Workforce | Harvard Business Review

Make sure you aren’t causing unnecessary anxiety on top of what people are already dealing with. In a time of crisis, there is a greater need for mental acuity, as … Continue reading

April 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline

I found this infographic chilling in the starkness with which it presents a common picture that readers in the US and the UK would recognise. Whilst the education system is … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson’s Legacy Continues

Probably the most influential educator of recent generations, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many with his wise words delivered with humour and insight. Do Schools Kill Creativity is still the most-watched … Continue reading

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

The 1918 Pandemic Mistake That Changed Medicine Forever | National Geographic

A misunderstanding about the microbe that actually causes the flu created a ripple effect that changed the future of US drug development, clinical trials, and pandemic preparedness. Read more here: … Continue reading

April 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

How – and Why – to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students | Edutopia

Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways. Students who were asked to draw what they’d learned were nearly twice as likely to remember … Continue reading

March 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Feeling Unfulfilled or Stuck at Work? 3 Ways to Help You Get Unstuck | ideas.TED.com

Have you been working heads down for so long that you’re not sure what you find interesting anymore? Or are you bored in your work life, confused, or unsure where … Continue reading

March 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Boosting Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum | Edutopia

Visible thinking routines that encourage students to document and share their ideas can have a profound effect on their learning. Visible thinking routines can be an excellent and simple way … Continue reading

March 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

4 Core Purposes of Education, According to Sir Ken Robinson | Edutopia

There are a few terms that are often confused or used interchangeably – “learning,” “education,” “training,” and “school” – but there are important differences between them. Learning is the process … Continue reading

March 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Use Emojis in Teaching | Edutopia

The fun little characters can add visual cues to student assignments and help you manage classroom routines. Helpful ideas from Dr Monica Burns here: How to Use Emojis in Teaching … Continue reading

March 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying | The Guardian

The world feels like a pretty bleak place right now. Whether it’s taking fruit to work (and to the bedroom!), being polite to rude strangers or taking up skinny-dipping, here’s a … Continue reading

March 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Low Self-Esteem: The Impact of Thoughts and Thinking Styles | The Skill Collective

Is your unhelpful self-talk dragging your self-esteem down? When all you’re hearing is negative press about yourself, is it any wonder that your self-esteem suffers? The Skill Collective considers the … Continue reading

March 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Meta-Learning: The Art of Learning How to Learn Deeper and Better | Medium

Meta-learning is about understanding yourself and your limitations and then seeking out new or better ways to improve yourself without limiting yourself to one particular field. It can be applied … Continue reading

March 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

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