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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
Ask a student, how does your teacher learn?

Ask a student, how does your teacher learn?

"They (educators) need to be able to model their own learning process for their students. Ask just about any student how much her teacher knows, and you'll get a quick answer. Ask a student how her teacher learns, and you'll likely get a confused look. This must change . . ." -Will Richardson Read more
TEENS --  A LOST GENERATION?

TEENS -- A LOST GENERATION?

Now almost 16 million views - "brilliant" video - under two minutes Read more
Being Pegged, Late Bloomers and Effort

Being Pegged, Late Bloomers and Effort

How 2012 Nobel Prize Winner Dissed by His High School Biology Teacher Read more
21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

Desks, Language Labs, Computers, Homework, Standardized Tests in College Admissions . . . . Read more
The Parent Trapped

The Parent Trapped

September 4, 2014 - Author Cathy Buyrn sends us an update. "While educators beat the drum about the importance of parental involvement in their child's education, many really mean parental compliance." Read more
 11 Back-to-School Parenting Scenes of the 70s (Humor)

11 Back-to-School Parenting Scenes of the 70s (Humor)

Get up in the morning and make yourself a cup of Sanka with Sweet 'n' Low. Line up all the lunchboxes on the formica counter top in your kitchen. Open up a bag of Wonder Bread and do this assembly line style. Read more
What should you learn after graduation?

What should you learn after graduation?

. . . and what exactly are students learning in school now? Read more
Big Thinking & the College Promise

Big Thinking & the College Promise

" . . . these kids, like any others, are hungry for big ideas." 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
There is No Education Without the Arts

There is No Education Without the Arts

"We're not talking about making sure that everybody has private music lessons," Read more
 Parenting Cats and Dogs

Parenting Cats and Dogs

Adolescents, on the other hand, respond more like cats - aloof, unpredictable, hard to locate, not always coming when they are called, rubbing up against you or jumping into your lap on their terms. Read more
Ivory Tower:  The Movie

Ivory Tower: The Movie

A documentary about higher education that "questions its cost and value" . . . Read more
Author John Green: Teenagers Think the Big Questions in Life Matter

Author John Green: Teenagers Think the Big Questions in Life Matter

Why Do We Give Them Short-Shrift? The Teen Whisperer: How the author of "The Fault in Our Stars" built an ardent army of fans Read more
 How Chicago's BAM (Becoming a Man) program works

How Chicago's BAM (Becoming a Man) program works

Teaching students to identify thought patterns that contribute to depression & anxiety so they can work to replace them with healthier patterns. . . Read more
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
Sleepy Teens in School:  Does a later "start time" for the school day work better?

Sleepy Teens in School: Does a later "start time" for the school day work better?

Liz Bowen, The Baltimore Sun, reports that a group of Arundel mothers deliver petition for national legislation. Caption showing high schoolers for the STEM magnet school catching a school bus at 6:15 A.M. 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
Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Now, here were college grads looking for jobs, and not recognizing that showing curiosity and asking engaging questions could show MORE about WHO they were than reciting some resume paragraph to interviewers in a random interview. -C.J. Westerberg Read more
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Leonardo da Vinci
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10 Things to do on the first day of school

CJ Westerberg, 09.03.2014

When was the last time you talked about learning?

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Stephen does Common Core Math

SMW, 06.30.2014

Video in case you missed it - Math!

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College Professors Read Their Student Reviews

SMW, 06.29.2014

 Quick Video Below Gotta love the college profs for sharing -...

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Is Learning a Sport?

CJ Westerberg, 06.25.2014

Maybe . . . Why Kids Care More About Achievement than Helping Others

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THE LIST: 12 Top Technologies in Education

CJ Westerberg, 05.31.2014

Breakthroughs, Disruptions and Spin

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College Debt and Banks: It's called "Skim"

SMW, 05.28.2014

aka. No-brainer money for bankers; debt for students for brain-credentials

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How the Arts Prepare for a Life's Work in any Discipline

CJ Westerberg, 05.23.2014

Including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

CJ Westerberg, 05.20.2014

"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.

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