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Three Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Tweens & Teens (Yes, you heard right)

CJ Westerberg, December 20, 2014 1:56 AM

Interesting that two of these three recommendations have to do with a teacher . . . Read More

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

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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. Read more
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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
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Seven Questions: Is your child a recipe-follower or a real learner?

"It may help to have in our minds a picture of what we mean by understanding . . . "-John Holt, Why Children Fail, p. 177by C.J. WesterbergI recently had a loooong conversation with a parent about whether his child... Read more
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Is Math Art? Dream or Nightmare?

"A Mathematician's Lament"
Every parent & educator should check out this book excerpt Read more

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Three Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Tweens & Teens (Yes, you heard right)

CJ Westerberg, 12.20.2014

Interesting that two of these three recommendations have to do with a teacher . . .

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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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Being Pegged, Late Bloomers and Effort

CJ Westerberg, 10.30.2014

How 2012 Nobel Prize Winner Dissed by His High School Biology Teacher

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

SMW, 06.02.2014

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

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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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Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

CJ Westerberg, 02.22.2014

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

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

CJ Westerberg, 02.17.2014

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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It's Personal: How a Parent Perspective Changes Everything

SMW, 12.09.2013

"For every problem that technology solves, it sort of creates a new one."

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American Teacher: responding to students, environments and conditions

SMW, 12.05.2013

"There are very few schools that purposefully try to create lines and connections between different fields. The way most high schools are set up, you're in history class, and then the bell rings; then you go to science class, and then the bell rings."

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

SMW, 11.03.2013

Creative Confidence: Must-Watch Interview on Charlie Rose

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Choke: Test-taking - - - a different way to look at test-prep?

CJ Westerberg, 10.28.2013

"Most students will not find a steady diet of test-prep drills and worksheets to be particularly meaningful, and accordingly, they will not put forth optimal learning effort."

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Seven Questions: Is your child a recipe-follower or a real learner?

CJ Westerberg, 10.18.2013

"It may help to have in our minds a picture of what we mean by understanding . . . "-John Holt, Why Children Fail, p. 177by C.J. WesterbergI recently had a loooong conversation with a parent about whether his child...

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Today's WOW Story: Yong Zhao's "Be Careful What You Wish For"

SMW, 10.03.2013

Flipping Standardized Testing on its Ear

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Is Math Art? Dream or Nightmare?

CJ Westerberg, 09.29.2013

"A Mathematician's Lament"
Every parent & educator should check out this book excerpt

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Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner

CJ Westerberg, 07.31.2013

"We dedicate this book to the parents of children who are growing up in the digital age. We hope our contribution will illuminate the strange and wondrous learning styles of the next generation." John Seely Brown

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How 7 Principles Of Baseball Can Help Transform How Teachers Teach

CJ Westerberg, 07.16.2013

How to Teach so Kids Can Think and Learn - by Harvard's David Perkins

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The Education Horse Story

CJ Westerberg, 07.15.2013

15 Ways to Ride a Dead Horse

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Are we creating innovators? 22 Insights

CJ Westerberg, 07.09.2013

C.J. Westerberg dissects new book by Tony Wagner - "Creating Innovators" Video Trailer

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