The New Reading Rainbow

by on July 9, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

Anyone remember “Reading Rainbow,” the show geared toward getting kids to read? It ran on PBS from 1983-2006, and in 2012 it became a downloadable app. Now it has a funny new Kickstarter campaign, starring its longtime beloved host, LeVar Burton, raising money to improve the app. Check it out below.


How to Achieve Your Goals

by on July 1, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

In his dynamic and humorous Ted Talk, former Denver Broncos running back Reggie Rivers discusses how to achieve goals through focusing on behaviors that are within our control. It provides some interesting food for thought when considered in the context of the Purpose-Centered Education model of MCNY and the LEC’s goal of setting the groundwork for you to take charge of your education!


Need a Break from Your Studies and Your Cares of the World? Two Minutes May Be Enough.

by on June 17, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

Click on the picture below for two minutes of glorious — and perhaps challenging – nothing. It might show you some things about yourself — at least, I had no idea how hard it was to settle my frisky fingers (and brain). Upon my return to the world, I felt much more ready to engage. Courtesy of Jaya Kanan, previous Coordinator of the LEC.




What Have We Learned From 50 Years of Research on Writing?

by on May 29, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

This video, from the University of California, brings together three leaders in the field of writing research and instruction, to talk about teaching and reading and writing at all levels of education.


Marvelous, Torturous Marshmallows

by on April 1, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

Mischel’s well-known study invited children to refuse a marshmallow with the prospect that successful resisting would mean two marshmallows later! The results lead us to consider – somewhat controversially – the nature of willpower. Is it learned? Is it innate? A mix? Can we make a prediction about a person’s life outcomes based on how they interact with a marshmallow at age four? This Radiolab audio podcast explores here.


How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

by on February 18, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

This video is an important and inspiring reminder that it takes hard work to produce something you’re proud of, and it’s worth it!


The Best Education System in the World

by on January 22, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »

In worldwide rankings of education systems, Finland — the Scandinavian country of 5.4 million perhaps best known as the home of Nokia — consistently ranks at (or near) the top, while the U.S. ranks below average. How? Finnish kids do less homework, take less tests, and spend less time in school than their American counterparts. Similarly, teachers undergo better training, get treated with more respect, and earn better pay. Where American education focuses on competition, Finnish education focuses on cooperation. Could the system work in the U.S.? That’s a tough question. But this one-hour documentary (in four parts on YouTube), 2011′s The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System, from Harvard researcher Dr. Tony Wagner, provides a fascinating look at how the Finns rose to the top of the world.

Part 1



Can Writing Be Taught?

by on August 7, 2012 in Must Sees with No Comments »

The title of this post poses what seems to be an impossible question. Yet it results in some very objective answers.



Subscribing to a Global Classroom

by on May 2, 2012 in Must Sees with No Comments »

I used to feel like I wore an imaginary cone-shaped hat with the words DUNCE scribbled in bright red marker in my mathematics classes. The world of numbers and equations was always troublesome for me. My earliest memory of mathematics involves me crying over my workbook in grade school as I struggled with long division. I still have nightmares about that experience. Read more about Math Phobia here.



Solving Brain Teasers

by on March 8, 2012 in Must Sees with No Comments »


Society expects teachers to successfully facilitate students’ cognitive development. But cognition occurs when taught material makes sense and is affected by emotional development. Recognizing that neither teachers nor students are educated in pieces, but rather as part of a larger educational system, we must address many variables that affect students’ attitudes, morale, and school performance. One of these variables is the ongoing training in problem solutions in a classroom setting. Lately, I have been thinking about how a student’s intellectual growth and confidence are improved via finding solutions to brain teasers.





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