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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day: Arnold Bennett on Living a Meaningful Life

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day: Arnold Bennett on Living a Meaningful Life | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Arnold Bennett’s How to Live on 24 Hours a Day explores a meaningful life by addressing the age-old question: how can we make the best use of our time?
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How to tell a story: TED Talks

How to tell a story: TED Talks | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Why do we love our favorite stories? Do they need a beginning, middle and end, and a character who changes by the conclusion? Masters of storytelling explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft.
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Telling a story is an essential life skill. Knowing how to listen to them is, too. Pair these TED Talks with stories from The Moth!

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Finding Creative Inspiration

Finding Creative Inspiration | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
How do people find the creative inspiration necessary for generating unique ideas and solutions? Check out 18 suggestions for getting more creative.
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Ready to Snap at Work? Get in Touch With Your Inner Animal

Ready to Snap at Work? Get in Touch With Your Inner Animal | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Breathing and posture techniques can help you tame your hard-wired fight-or-flight response, alleviating anxiety and improving clarity and creativity.
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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Ceridwen Dovey on how bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin prescribe fiction for healing and self-exploration.
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I love this quote especially: “Fiction and poetry are doses, medicines,” the author Jeanette Winterson has written. “What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination.”

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How to get better at the things you care about

How to get better at the things you care about | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you're moving forward.
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Whether you're introducing growth mindset or a new makerspace, this is an excellent TED Talk to share with students. "Model ongoing learning!" 

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The psychology behind a nice cup of tea 

The psychology behind a nice cup of tea  | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Studies have shown that holding a warm drink makes people rate strangers more highly, says Dan Glaser
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I drink hot tea all day long and I'm still somewhat crabby. Can you imagine what I'd be like without it?

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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers write: "The brain’s prefrontal cortex, which functions as the control center for executive functions such as planning, goal setting, decision making, and problem solving, undergoes significant changes during the teenage years. In an NPR interview, Laurence Steinberg, author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence, notes that ages 12 to 25 are a period of extraordinary neuroplasticity. “Science suggests that it’s important for kids to be challenged and exposed to novelty in order to facilitate healthy development of brain systems that are important for things like self-regulation,” Steinberg says."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I love sharing articles like this with students! Helping students learn about their own learning styles and developing strategies to do their best work is so important in middle school. I just read part of it to my 8th-grade aide, and she already had several strategies that work for her. I'll be sharing this with teachers and students!

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How To Transform Your Creative Thinking In Five Minutes

How To Transform Your Creative Thinking In Five Minutes | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
How five minutes of creative thinking a day can get your creative juices flowing.

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The Core Beliefs of the Delightfully Successful

The Core Beliefs of the Delightfully Successful | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Last year I listed some simple daily habits of the delightfully successful. Revisiting that article made me think. Success is based on action, but actions are the result of beliefs..."


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Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy's curator insight, April 17, 2014 10:20 PM

It always delight me when the writing comes with some form of doodling to support the explanation.

John Michel's curator insight, April 18, 2014 8:02 AM

Successful people don’t wait to get a raise; they work hard to earn a raise. Successful businesses don’t wait for higher prices to deliver greater value; they deliver greater value to earn higher prices. Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for a payoff to give their all to a startup; they give their all so they can earn a decent payoff.

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The Taste Gap: Ira Glass on the Secret of Creative Success, Animated in Living Typography

The Taste Gap: Ira Glass on the Secret of Creative Success, Animated in Living Typography | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

"The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work."


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Welcoming New Rewards Members

Welcoming New Rewards Members | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Last week, the Scoop.it team and I were extremely excited to announce the launch of our brand new Rewards Program. Now that all of the new rewards members have been notified, I'd like to shine the Scoop.it spotlight on a few of the top curators from the past six months.

These curators have set an extraordinary example for the rest of the Scoop.it community as well as the greater online community of curators. They've helped us through every step of our journey to making the web a smarter place, and we're proud to have them on our team. Check out their profile and topic pages, and think about even sending them a tweet to say hi! Continue reading →
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New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject

New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Christopher Ingraham writes: "A fascinating new working paper finds that men are far more likely than women to back up their arguments with appeals to a higher authority: themselves.

When an academic writes a research paper, it is common practice to give citations for various facts and assertions. It is not enough, for instance, to simply assert that "the global rise of the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole is an evolutionary epic with many subplots." You need to cite biologist Corrie S. Moreau's 2008 paper on "Unraveling the evolutionary history of the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole" to make that argument.

 

In academia, article citations like these are a marker of authority and influence: If your work gets cited by others hundreds of times, that's a good indicator that you're making a mark on your field. Universities often factor in citation counts when making decisions about hiring, tenure and pay.

 

As it turns out, academics have a handy tool at their disposal for juicing their citation counts: They cite themselves. There's nothing inherently shady about this practice. If you're an expert in a relatively obscure field like ant taxonomy, you're probably going to need to cite your previous work because few people people are doing similar work."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

We need to start sharing information like this with girls in middle school! It's not bragging!

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'The Book Thieves' reveals the story of the Nazi assault on books

'The Book Thieves' reveals the story of the Nazi assault on books | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

David Holahan writes: "The pricey paintings and other cultural treasures that were plundered by Nazi Germany have made headlines and been fodder for Hollywood movies. But Hitler’s assault on the written word, the theft and destruction of countless books and religious tracts – estimated well in excess of 100 million – was arguably far worse and has gone largely unreported."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

In an era of alternative facts, burning and seizing books is a way to rewrite history. And this quote shows why it matters: "Lydell quotes Michal Busek, a librarian at Prague’s Jewish Museum: 'The Nazis knew how important books were to the Jews. Reading makes you a human being. When someone takes it away from you they also steal your thoughts. They wanted to destroy the Jews by robbing them of what was most important to them.'"

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Poems of Resistance: A Primer

Poems of Resistance: A Primer | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
These five poems exemplify how American poets are using their art to rage against the right.
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21 Ways To Get Visual Ideas

21 Ways To Get Visual Ideas | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
These resources may give you ideas and strategies for approaches to visual design for eLearning.
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Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic

Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Jag Bhalla writes: " It is in our nature to need stories. We arrive “biologically prepared” for them. They were evolutionarily crucial. We feel and think in story-logic (story-causality configures our reaction-biology)."


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Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

A short article with so many links, you'll be spiraling down the rabbit hole of storytelling for quite a while! This completely supports my bias toward story, so it was a delight to read!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 7, 5:25 AM

Absolutely.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 8, 7:40 AM
Yes!
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 24, 12:29 PM
Stories complement logic in teaching when used with care. Students remembered my stories more easily than the material in textbooks. For example, I described how farmers I know use journals to help with their selective breeding of livestocks. 
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'Not Sitting Quietly Anymore': How Librarians Are Fighting Trump 

'Not Sitting Quietly Anymore': How Librarians Are Fighting Trump  | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Arianna Rebolini writes: "Though some people may think the job involves more shushing than rallying, many librarians consider "making America read again" to be a radical political proposition."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

As if I didn't love Carla Hayden enough, this quote seals it: "We are fighters for freedom, and we cause trouble!" she said in a 2003 profile in Ms. magazine. "We are not sitting quietly anymore." 

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Best Articles From 2016 On The eLearning Coach

Best Articles From 2016 On The eLearning Coach | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Connie Malamed writes: "Were you a little busy last year? Is it possible you missed one of these nearly Pulitzer Prize winning articles on The eLearning Coach? If so, I’ve collected the twelve most popular articles written in 2016. So when everyone is talking about them at cocktail parties, you can join in. It’s okay. You can thank me later."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I read Connie's blog regularly, and I agree with her--these were all great articles. It was helpful to re-read them, too! (And a little disheartening to realize how much backsliding occurred. I implemented several things, and now...only the checklists remain.)

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Cultivating Versatility and Resilience | Rethinking Diversity

Cultivating Versatility and Resilience | Rethinking Diversity | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Alison Park writes: "A few more resources for educators, parents/guardians, youth... heck, for anyone who's not just disappointed with "losing" this election, but emotionally, morally and socially anxious about what this election portends for the liberty and safety of all, not just some, people in the US. "

 

(Image via VictorMM/Pixabay)

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I was most interested in the link to "The Stories That Bind Us" that Alison provided. I read Alison's post just after reading this essay by Jacqueline Woodson about speaking with her son after the election. She reassures him that they (we) will get through what seems like a harsh and regressive political climate by telling him,  “You come from people who have always made a way out of no way." That is the essence of the study by Dr. Duke and Dr. Fivush--the resilience built by a family's unifying narrative. As Alison mentions and I believe, that unifying narrative can be built around more than the nuclear family, especially for those of us graced with long-term friends. I believe my daughter feels rooted in several of my friendships more than she does with some family members, but what's important is that she has roots in that narrative.

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James Patterson: The Literacy of Long-Form Thinking

James Patterson: The Literacy of Long-Form Thinking | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

James Patterson writes: "But an adult who absorbs words only through captions, tweets, posts, memes and—at best—smartphone-­screen-size articles is not literate. Not in my book anyhow. I’d argue—and not just for the sake of my day job as a ­novelist—that if we’re not in the habit of reading books or, at least, long-form articles that take us the better part of an hour in the course of an entire day, we are fundamentally damaging our society’s fabric, and our future."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

 A paean from James Patterson to the beauty of deep reading. His grants to school libraries, bonuses to independent bookstore employees and now this essay make me appreciate him so much more!

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How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

"From reminding us of what to pack for a trip to helping doctors perform surgery, checklists are crucial for projects that require sequential steps or a series of tasks. As Atul Gawande points out in his book “Checklist Manifesto,” checklists break down complex tasks and also ensure consistency and efficiency if more than one person is working on a project."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:27 PM

How can check lists help students? Below are a few of the ways suggested by this post. Click through to read all of them.

* A task-based checklists allow students to follow steps providing guidance to successful completion of complex tasks.

* Checklists help with metacognition. They help students "become aware of their learning process."

The post also provides five resources to use checklists in your course.

* Wunderlist

* List Weaver

* Pinterest

* TeacherVision.com

* ReadWriteThink.org

Remember that your check lists may change as students use them...and to ask students for their feedback as they may have ideas that you have not considered.

Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:49 PM

Checklists can benefit students and most people, helping to breakdown complex steps and ensure consistency

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 9, 2013 11:54 PM

Why don't we get our students into the habit of making a list?

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8 Things Successful People Do - Edudemic

8 Things Successful People Do - Edudemic | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Building up students for success is really what teachers ultimately do. The devil is in the details, obviously, and the details can range from spelling and basic arithmetic to complex problem solving and writing.
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8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone

8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

by Saikat Basu


"Brainstorming conjures up images of teams trying to hash out wild ideas around complex problems. Two heads think better than one, but brainstorming is as much about individual problem solving as it is about the group. The energies required for solo brainstorming are probably more, but the methods to build up the “storm” of ideas aren’t that different.


"One of our readers had asked – How do writers at MakeUseOf find ideas for content? It’s a daily ritual. Brainstorming alone is half the fun; but it is a necessity for us creative types who work alone in our pajamas. Call it the search for inspiration, the Web has always been a useful ally when it comes to thinking up creative solutions and ideas. Here are a few ways to go solo with your brainstorming."


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50 Books to Inspire Artists of All Kinds

50 Books to Inspire Artists of All Kinds | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Today marks the release of one of the most long-awaited novels in recent memory: Donna Tartt’s third novel, the glorious, sprawling, Dickens-esque romp The Goldfinch. The book is backboned by its e...
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:06 PM

I will never, ever run out of books to read!