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The Education Horse Story

The Education Horse Story

15 Ways to Ride a Dead Horse Read more
"A Radical Idea For Changing Math Education"

"A Radical Idea For Changing Math Education"

Someone always asks the math teacher, 'Am I going to use calculus in real life?' And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is NO. Read more
How to Create Nonreaders

How to Create Nonreaders

Why Johnnie and Jane don't like to read . . . and what to do about it
Alfie Kohn Delivers a Powerful Essay About MOTIVATION & Learning Read more
Is This The Best High School in America?

Is This The Best High School in America?

WATCH: Does your High School look anything like this? Read more
Learning.  Outside the box.

Learning. Outside the box.

"When you are taught inside a box, you lose parts of yourself." 2 minute Video Read more
NEW -- Big Oil in Education? - Video

NEW -- Big Oil in Education? - Video

Why Should We Care? Because it can happen anywhere Read more
Visions of Mathematics:  What Content Should We Teach?

Visions of Mathematics: What Content Should We Teach?

Ben Daley of High Tech High Outlines a Revolutionary Approach to Math Read more
The Bad Habits You Learn in School

The Bad Habits You Learn in School

And it's not about smoking. John Coleman via Harvard Business Review Read more
Why Our Kids Don't Get Math

Why Our Kids Don't Get Math

Three surprising reasons why and how it may change our idea of "rigor". Guest Post. Read more
Parents: Do our kids know what "it takes" to be good at something?

Parents: Do our kids know what "it takes" to be good at something?

Youth Motivation & Mastery: Create the environment conducive to having kids discover what it takes to become good at something on their own, rather than having "us" - the authority figures - telling them how. Read more
James Paul Gee:  How Kids Learn Through Video Games

James Paul Gee: How Kids Learn Through Video Games

So the next time you fret that your child is on a mindless video game (of course, depending which one), take a chill pill. It may not be as bad as you think. Recommended videos. Read more
What do you remember from high school?  (Humor)

What do you remember from high school? (Humor)

Week-end Funnies - VIDEO - 10 Million Views 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
Learning Math:  The Symbol Barrier

Learning Math: The Symbol Barrier

Street Math, School Math, and Video Games Read more
"The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination"

"The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination"

JK Rowling, Harry Potter Author, Captivates Crowd With Harvard Commencement Speech Read more
 An Awards Day Poem: by a Mom whose son didn't receive one

An Awards Day Poem: by a Mom whose son didn't receive one

For most parents (and kids of course), the Award Ceremony at school is like walking an emotional trapeze highwire . . . Read more
Talking Story: Modern Day Hero on Maui

Talking Story: Modern Day Hero on Maui

Thank you for Saving my Life (and others) by the Founder of The Daily Riff - CJ Westerberg Read more
Five-Minute Montessori

Five-Minute Montessori

"Seeing the big picture allows students to take ownership of their learning - a critical element in fostering each child's natural learning desire." Read more
Over time and cultures, the most robust and effective form of communication is the creation of a powerful narrative.
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship

CJ Westerberg, 10.20.2017

Every child deserves a champion - TED talk

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Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

CJ Westerberg, 10.05.2017

Five Ways to Succeed in Life and Work

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Video: What is the link between "design-thinking" and creativity?

SMW, 10.05.2017

Creative Confidence: Must-Watch Interview on Charlie Rose

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The Key to Modernizing Education

CJ Westerberg, 09.14.2017

"The gateways we have in education . . . have a huge influence . . ."

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Conversations that happen in the middle

CJ Westerberg, 06.10.2017

"We (parents and teachers) really don't get into a conversation . . ."

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Schools and Parents: A Kabuki Dance?

CJ Westerberg, 03.06.2017

We asked then, why do some schools still play a kabuki dance when it comes to parental/family engagement?

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Want your child to have initiative and perseverance?

CJ Westerberg, 02.11.2017

Passion-Based Learning in Action

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Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching Them

CJ Westerberg, 01.11.2017

Tony Wagner, Former HS teacher, Principal & Co-Director At Harvard School Of Education Posts. "The Ability To Ask The Right Questions Is The Single Most Important Skill."

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The Opening Challenge for The New Year

CJ Westerberg, 01.11.2017

"It's hard to find a great dress for this inauguration." - President-elect Donald Trump

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