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American teens are having fewer babies than ever (but still too many)

American teens are having fewer babies than ever (but still too many) | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Preliminary figures released today (pdf) are getting buzz for showing that the birth rate among American girls aged 15 to 19 is lower than ever. This hasn't changed the fact that the rate is still much higher than that of other wealthy countries, and that's hurting the American economy. The data—released by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—reveal a...
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What are learning skills?

The 21st century learning skills are often called the 4 C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating, and collaborating. These skills help students learn, and so they are vital to success
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This is useful breakdown of the "4 C's". Maybe some might call this an "unpacking" of terms. It goes beyond my usual understanding of critical thinking skills. this resource might open up some valuable discussions and may lead to new understanding of the Common Core and ideas about "college and career readiness" in addition to the concept of being a "life long learner".

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AllAnalytics - Bryan Beverly - A Skeptic's Guide to Analytic Results

AllAnalytics - Bryan Beverly - A Skeptic's Guide to Analytic Results | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Don't mistake fancy vocabulary for rigorous, scientific research -- keep an eye out for these common tricks of sloppy analysts.
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9 Tips on How to Be Honest With Someone Without Being Negative

9 Tips on How to Be Honest With Someone Without Being Negative | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Learn how to be honest about sensitive subjects without sounding too negative.

 

Here are 9 key tips on how to be honest with someone:

Look at the situation from their perspective before you do anything.

 

Ask yourself if this is something that really needs to be said. Are you telling them anything they don’t know or haven’t acknowledged?

 

Choose your words carefully – say it to yourself before you say it out-loud. How does it sound?

 

Don’t insult, blame, exaggerate, or be judgmental. Use a calm and respectful tone while describing the problem.

 

Do it in private. You don’t want the person to feel like they are being pressured by a bunch of people all at once.

 

Always offer a solution. Don’t just state a problem if you don’t have some good advice to go with it.

 

Admit you could be wrong. This is just your opinion, the person doesn’t have to agree with you.

 

Let it go if you notice the person is responding negatively toward it. Don’t persist if they aren’t interested in talking about it.

 

Go back to being a good friend again. Don’t make it awkward.
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This might help students as well as teachers and administrators. Social skills need to be taught, sometimes explicitly. Might be useful for a number of different classrooms and social settings, including the speech therapist's space or office when trying to teach pragmatic language skills to students with ADHD/ADD, on the autism spectrum, or students with lagging skills in the language or social skills.

 

I love it when adults say something devastating and rationalize the disasterous response with "I was just being honest." And by love I mean I really really have no patience with such statements. 

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