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Can Messy Be A Sign Of Brilliance?

Can Messy Be A Sign Of Brilliance?

Einstein's Desk In Photo: What He & Agatha Christie May Have In Common Read more
 Late Bloomers (Guess what? You didn't peak in high school ;)

Late Bloomers (Guess what? You didn't peak in high school ;)

How 2012 Nobel Prize Winner Dissed by High School Biology Teacher - CJ Westerberg post Read more
A Response to: Is Your Child a "Warrior" or "Worrier"?

A Response to: Is Your Child a "Warrior" or "Worrier"?

Why Some Kids Handle Test Pressure and Others . . . Not. Read more
"Children just don't go out in nature"

"Children just don't go out in nature"

Children today spend on average spend less than 40 minutes "outside" - Video Doc Read more
What do you remember from high school?  (Humor)

What do you remember from high school? (Humor)

Week-end Funnies - VIDEO Viral video parody (nudity alert!) Some Study That I Used to Know is already at 1.5 million views. It's another play on Goyte's hugely viral video Read more
Famous Failures who didn't "make the grade"

Famous Failures who didn't "make the grade"

What Michael Jordan and Thomas Edison had in common - One Minute Video Read more
Common Core: Standard Children?

Common Core: Standard Children?

We cannot wish away our biological limitations because we find them inconvenient. Read more
Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

"Conventional wisdom holds that different people learn in different ways. Something is missing from that idea, however, so we offer a corollary: Different people, when presented with exactly the same information in exactly the same way, will learn different things." - John Seely Brown Read more
The Day I Abolished Grading

The Day I Abolished Grading

"There was no love for learning. It was a game that I was perpetuating - and I was done perpetuating it." Joe Bower Read more
Entrepreneurs:  Pirates in the Arena

Entrepreneurs: Pirates in the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . Read more
Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

Five Ways to Succeed in Life and Work Read more
Is This The Best High School in America?

Is This The Best High School in America?

WATCH: How These Six Minutes May Change Your Idea of Innovative Education (dramatically). Phillips Exeter, Harvard Westlake & Lawrenceville may be taking notes from this charter school leading the next wave. Does your High School look anything like it? Read more
Ten To-Do's for Young People to Consider

Ten To-Do's for Young People to Consider

#1 - Build a "Personal Board of Directors" Read more
Mind Overload! from Technology & "Societal Exhaustion"

Mind Overload! from Technology & "Societal Exhaustion"

Mindfulness: "I've seen it transform classrooms . . . " Read more
21st Century Skills: A "thorny problem" in the classroom

21st Century Skills: A "thorny problem" in the classroom

. . . .most high schools' science "experiments" are really "demonstrations," because they are "rigged" for the right answer, thereby disqualifying them as true experiments where outcomes are unknown. Read more
Touche' on Testing

Touche' on Testing

"But 'broadening assessment' should be part of a larger teaching perspective that enables students . . . " -Ellliot Seif, former professor, Temple University Read more
Failure: It's the Badge of Honor in Silicon Valley & the OPPOSITE in School

Failure: It's the Badge of Honor in Silicon Valley & the OPPOSITE in School

Would this EVER Happen in a School Setting?" . . . .up to 500 tech start-up newbies have gathered with industry veterans who dish on their "biggest fail" and lead round-table discussions with titles like "How to Conduct Yourself When It All Goes Off the Rails." Read more
The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
Alvin Toffler
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Seven Questions: Is your child a recipe-follower or a real learner?

CJ Westerberg, 10.22.2015

John Holt: The Seven Ways to Picture a Student's Understanding - - - by CJ Westerberg

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If I were trying to select a school system for my children . . ."

CJ Westerberg, 01.21.2015

"If I were trying to select a school system for my children or grandchildren, I'd beware of . . . ." - Howard Gardner, Harvard School of Education

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Parents: Are we sabotaging our own kids' math "ability"?

CJ Westerberg, 01.19.2015

Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability) is just some kind of aptitude - some kids have it, some kids don't . . . The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really well in Math . . ."

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The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System

CJ Westerberg, 12.17.2014

New update December 2, 2013 which includes Yong Zhao link and comments PLUS CNN videos

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EcoTherapy: "You're gonna look at some trees" - Video :)

CJ Westerberg, 12.12.2014

Truth in Humor ---- It's come to this, folks

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"It's Disengagement, Stupid"

CJ Westerberg, 12.11.2014

The 10 Essential Rules for Engagement

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Chinese Super Schools?

CJ Westerberg, 11.09.2014

"No one, after 12 years of Chinese education, has any chance to receive a Nobel prize, even if he or she went to Harvard, Yale, Oxford or Cambridge for college . . ." Yong Zhao

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Weekend Funnies: How to inspire kids to be "Not a scientist"

CJ Westerberg, 11.08.2014

Man-Made Climate Change?The Colbert Report  - VideoThe "I'm not a scientist" riff starts at the 2:50 mark.  The entire video (under 5 minutes)  is well worth the watch: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video...

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