There is no perfect lesson, unit, or school any more than their can be a perfect song, flavor, or shade of blue.
Every student is different. Every single intelligent, forgetful, smiling, moody, enthusiastic, apathetic, reflective, short-sighted little (or big) human being that walks into your classroom on a daily basis has their own story–one full of promise, heart-break, and complexity. And this isn’t hippie nonsense. It’s true, and it matters.
So when we talk about student-centered classrooms, that too is a kind of generalization–more of an approach than a strategy. There can’t be one “student-centered” reading strategy, for example. Maybe a “class-centered,” but if it’s truly “student-centered,” well then you’d have one for each student, yes?
But what is universal? In our collective effort to design learning experiences, schools, curriculum, technology, and all the other bits of education just right, is it possible that we miss some of the more obvious pieces? Pieces that every single student needs?
That can be added to everything–curriculum, frameworks, school design, instructional strategies, and anything else that touches the mind of students?
When not illustrating or writing for kids, Julia can be found herding cats, telling puntastic “jokes,” or beating kale. (Yes, beating, not eating. Kale is a Collard’s natural enemy.) She may or may not be part narwhal.
In addition to working on picture books, Julia is open to freelance illustration work including covers, interior spots, and maps (all for traditionally published books only, please).
Julia Shahin Collard’s art has been published in the Los Angeles Times, as well as exhibited in the Venice Art Walk and other shows. She was honored to have a solo art show at Villa Musica in San Diego in 2013. In February 2014, she was selected as SCBWI's Featured Illustrator, she was the OC Illustrators’ Featured Artist in May 2014, and she won an Honorable Mention in 3x3 Magazine's 2015 Annual Show.
See proof that America's dietitians are controlled by food manufacturers like Coke, Pepsi, Mars M&M, General Mills and the junk food association (National Confectioner's Association). These groups are approved lecturers for dietitians' continuing education credits. Just like how Monsanto controls conventional farmers and Pharmaceutical companies control conventional doctors, you'll find dietitians are controlled by the industry they teach about. for real truth, find an organic farmer, a holistic doctor and an ethical nutritionist. More about the video: learn details about food choices to clear up confusions caused by the bad advice from our conventional healthcare providers so you can make wise choices for yourself and family.
Why You Can’t Give in to Feeling Paralyzed How to Channel Your Creative Inspiration The Importance of Curiosity and Humility for Writers Why Writing is Like Driving at Night The Necessity of Drudgery to Keep the Ink Flowing
Most nonfiction books follow one of two predictable structures. When you know what these are, you can choose the one that works best for the information you want to present — and avoid having to re-write your book (a painful lesson Jeff learned recently).
The children don’t only cry. Some misbehave so that they will be the ‘bad kid’ not the ‘stupid kid’, or because their little bodies just can’t sit quietly anymore, or because they don’t know the social rules of school and there is no time to teach them. My master’s degree work focused on behavior disorders, so I can say with confidence that it is not the children who are disordered. The disorder is in the system which requires them to attempt curriculum and demonstrate behaviors far beyond what is appropriate for their age. The disorder is in the system which bars teachers from differentiating instruction meaningfully, which threatens disciplinary action if they decide their students need a five minute break from a difficult concept, or to extend a lesson which is exceptionally engaging. The disorder is in a system which has decided that students and teachers must be regimented to the minute and punished if they deviate. The disorder is in the system which values the scores on wildly inappropriate assessments more than teaching students in a meaningful and research based manner.
Wes Thomas's insight:
We let an idiot force draconian rules on our educational systems. It is time to undo the harm of the Bush legacy
I want to talk to you today about the soul. Not the soul as that immortal unit of religious mythology, for I am a nonbeliever. And not the soul as a pop-culture commodity, that voracious consumer of self-help chicken soup. I mean the soul simply as shorthand for the seismic core of personhood from which our beliefs, our values, and our actions radiate.
To put it another way -- the world needs your help to make virtue go viral.
If you look up news of the most promising innovations of the day, it won't be long before you run into the latest buzzword: artificial intelligence. In 15 years, our fastest computer will perform more operations per second than all the neurons in all the brains of all the people who are alive in the world. Imagine that! Already, we have driverless cars on the road, machines churning out award-nominated novels, and robots managing entire hotels.
Elon Musk, has ominously described AI’s development as “summoning the demon” -- and he’s one of the pioneers of the field! Esteemed scientist Stephen Hawking warns us that it could “spell the end of the human race”. The problem, of course, isn't inherently technology. It is that we have reduced the vast scope of human ingenuity to what sells in the marketplace. We have taken the multidimensional gift of human connection and reduced it to a bunch of self maximizing transactions.
YooMi: I think I finally learned not to attach my happiness or self worth to outcomes. KarmaTube is the flashiest thing I’ve ever done at ServiceSpace [laughs]. And ProPoor was the most drudge-filled work—like adding NGOs to a database, fixing typos for announcements, answering incomprehensible emails, scouring data bases to discover which funding agencies were still there, getting rid of the ones that weren’t; it was just drudge work. But it never bothered me. I figured it was important to someone. And I did feel it was very valuable to certain folks who weren’t plugged in to the big Indian NGO networks. So we might have been providing the only information that they had access to for resources.
RW: What it is about your work with ServiceSpace that keeps you going?
YooMi; I think it’s because I feel that any small act I can do has a ripple effect somewhere. So if I can make a positive change in someone’s life, even if I don’t know who that person is, I want to be able to do that.
Joan Didion famously said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” And she’s right. From the 20,000 year old cave paintings at Lascaux to the bedtime stories we hear as children and hope to one day tell our own kids, storytelling is a part of the human fabric.
Today, there are stories all around us – ones that entertain, delight, sadden, and anger. But perhaps the best kind of stories are those that inspire, and ultimately are powerful enough to change the world. If you want to believe in the power of storytelling, just look at Humans of New York.
Started in 2010 by 32-year-old photographer Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York has grown far beyond its roots of solely New York-based, man-on-the-street interviews. What began as a project intended to “interview 10,000 of New Yorkers on the street and create an extensive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants” turned into worldwide phenomenon. To date, Humans of New York has amassed 20 million social media followers, and has featured stories from people in over 20 countries.
Do you notice you feel better when you walk barefoot on the Earth? Recent research has explained why this happens.
Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth.
Research indicates that electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect your body from inflammation and its many well-documented health consequences. For most of our evolutionary history, humans have had continuous contact with the Earth.
It is only recently that substances such as asphalt, wood, rugs, and plastics have separated us from this contact.
It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth's surface) the earth's electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.
An affinity for solitude is comparable only to one’s affinity for certain other people. And yet one’s first experience of solitude, like one’s first experience of the other, is fraught with danger… The absence of the visible and the absence of the object; and the risk, as in dreams, that innermost thoughts will come to light. For this reason, perhaps, it is the phobia relating to solitude that for some people persists throughout life.
In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells.
Most experts consider him to be the greatest biochemist of the 20th century. His lab staff also included Hans Krebs, Ph. D., after whom the Krebs cycle1 was named.
The Krebs cycle refers to the oxidative reduction pathways that occur in the mitochondria. So just how does the metabolic inflexibility of cancer cells differ from healthy cells?
A cell can produce energy in two ways: aerobically, in the mitochondria, or anaerobically, in the cytoplasm, the latter of which generates lactic acid — a toxic byproduct. Warburg discovered that in the presence of oxygen, cancer cells overproduce lactic acid. This is known as The Warburg Effect.
Mitochondrial energy production is far more efficient, capable of generating 18 times more energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) than anaerobic energy generation.
Warburg concluded that the prime cause of cancer was the reversion of energy production from aerobic energy generation to a more primitive form of energy production, anaerobic fermentation.
To reverse cancer, he believed you had to disrupt the energy production cycle that is feeding the tumor, and that by reverting back to aerobic energy metabolism you could effectively "starve" it into remission.
Although he was never able to conclusively prove it, he maintained this view until his death in 1970. One of his goals in life was to discover the cure for cancer. Sadly, as so typically happens in science, his theories were never accepted by conventional science despite his academic pedigree — until now.
Allan Law first came across hunger and homelessness as a middle school teacher in the inner city schools of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his retirement, Law has spent every day of the last 12 years on the streets of Minneapolis, leaving his small condominium filled with freezers at 8pm and returning around noon the next day. He distributes 6 - 700 sandwiches a day, along with other essentials, sleeping a scant 2 hours in his delivery vehicle while fielding emergency calls from people who need his help. Last year, he delivered 520,000 sandwiches.
Chronic rushing through a never ending to-do list feeds anxiety and heightens stress levels. Due to the epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, released in the brain during stressful periods, our brains get hooked on the stimulation of activity. Our bodies become addicted to rushing and our minds switch into autopilot with everything of high importance and needing to get accomplished quickly. We start rushing when rushing is not necessary, or multitasking ourselves into ineffectiveness. This is particularly true for type A executives and leaders who tend to get caught in the cost of time ideal, making everything time-sensitive and urgent, when in fact, only a few matters at hand take true priority.
In the well-known commencement speech David Foster Wallace delivered to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College, Wallace touched on the topic of thinking. In fact, in just a couple of sentences he touched on several key ideas of thinking, from metacognition, self-monitoring, self-direction, focus, constructivism, transfer, experiential learning, and more.
And because Wallace was a genius but (mostly) free of the fishbowl professional educators can sometimes get stuck it, it also ends up being a pretty good example of a jargon-free definition of what ‘thinking’ is. Put another way, this is how an intelligent person thinks of thinking when he doesn’t have to contextualize it in a million different edu-focused circumstances.
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