*I am reading Quiet this summer. It has really made me think about my students, about how society values extroverts, and how the value of quiet personalities can be under appreciated. I highly recommend the book and this TED talk that is given by the author.
"Eat, Pray, Love" Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Given the infinite buffet table of tools and technology to try out in the classroom, how do you decide what's worth your and your students' time? Without some kind of criteria guiding our selection, we'll spend years building up a dusty closet of tools that looked good, promised a lot, and didn't deliver. With that in mind, Dan Meyer describes "perplexity," one of the scarcest resources in the classroom, and how to pick tools and technology to maximize it.
I have attended MANY keynote addresses, and sadly few are memorable. When this keynote address ended, I wanted the speaker to keep speaking. I wish more teachers would thinking about what learning really is, like Dr. Musallam has done here!
This is a hilarious summary of the most common pitfalls of Powerpoint that is cleverly and humorously presented.
Positive thinking. I've always believed in it--that it can lead to healthier living and optimal use of your brain's abilities. This video confirms all the benefits of positive thinking that I've based my life and my teaching upon; it's one that I believe everyone should stop to watch!
Another reminder that we should never underestimate the mind of a child. So inspiring!
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