The Personal Side of Professional Development
The single biggest problem with improving teaching skills is that fifty percent of the process is usually ignored. There’s the professional bit. And there’s the personal bit. The problem, in a nutshell, is that most skills also require some personal … Continue readingRead More
Bearing the Bard: How to
Make Let Kids Like Shakespeare
In the 2001 BBC short film Black Adder: Back and Forth a time-traveling Rowan Atkinson runs into none other than the famous William Shakespeare. After obtaining an autograph, Atkinson punches Shakespeare (played by Colin Firth) right in the kisser. “That … Continue readingRead More
Mother and Daughter Publishing Duo, Sheryl and Carrie Berk
One of the most important things any parent can do, is show their child that learning is fun by example. Writer Sheryl Berk wanted to encourage her daughter Carrie’s creativity and so the two turned Carrie’s love of cupcakes and … Continue readingRead More
Meteor Showers – The Teachable Moment
It is often difficult for parents to help their children with science education, in part because the idea of doing science with your child can be intimidating. Parents often feel at sea when it comes to science lessons, and the … Continue readingRead More
I’ll never forget sitting in my AP Government class one day, a few weeks after the 2008 financial crisis first hit. My teacher, usually bright and bubbly, seemed distracted and irritated. “Okay,” she said all of a sudden. “I’m really not supposed to do this, but I have to make… Read More
There is a huge difference between knowing about a concept or process and really understanding it. This applies both to learning in school and in the real world, and applies to everything from finding out about marketing to studying the Constitution. The point that I want to discuss here is… Read More
Confusion is natural: don’t fight it – use it. It is quite natural to be confused or feel awkward when dealing with a new concept or skill. And it is quite natural to resent feeling confused. But the bottom line is that confusion and awkwardness are natural. And one of… Read More
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