Marvelous, Torturous Marshmallows

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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.

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

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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!

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The Best Education System in the World

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Solving Brain Teasers

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


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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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“Imagine a World without Free Knowledge”

by on January 20, 2012 in Must Sees with No Comments »


For many students (and many people in general!), being informed and engaged in politics can feel intimidating, abstract, or even a big waste of time. But this week, we have yet another reminder that, in fact, “the political is the personal, and the personal is political.” If you weren’t following the news, you may have found out about two bills in Congress merely by visiting some of your favorite websites. Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, Wired and dozens of other sites have been staging protests to these bills.

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