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Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With. Stressful Competitions Can Hinder Performance. Top Dog, a new book by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman about “the science of winning and losing” is in large part a celebration of competition.

Stressful Competitions Can Hinder Performance

The authors of the bestselling NurtureShock explore the benefits of what they call “competitive fire” — stories of Olympic swimmers, champion chess players, and upstart political candidates who reached the top by racing someone else. But just as interesting are the cases in which we do better without the element of competition. Sometimes, it turns out, competing against others can actually make our performance worse. Bronson and Merryman describe an experiment in which researchers gave 124 Princeton University underclassmen a test that drew its questions from the GRE, the graduate school admissions test. Secrets of the Most Successful College Students.

College-admission letters go out this month, and most recipients (and their parents) will place great importance on which universities said yes and which said no.

Secrets of the Most Successful College Students

A growing body of evidence, however, suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there. Historian and educator Ken Bain has written a book on this subject, What the Best College Students Do, that draws a road map for how students can get the most out of college, no matter where they go. (MORE: Does College Put Kids on a Party Pathway?) How to Raise a Group's IQ. What makes a group intelligent?

How to Raise a Group's IQ

That is: What enables a team of people to effectively solve problems and produce solutions? You might think a group’s IQ would be simply the average intelligence of the group’s members, or perhaps the intelligence of the team’s smartest participant. But researchers who study groups have found that this isn’t so. Annie Murphy Paul: Can Mindfulness Technique Help Us Focus?

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. By Maria Popova How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. The Trouble With Bright Girls. Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!" (**) - Alfie Kohn. September 2001.

Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!" (**) - Alfie Kohn

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement. More evidence corroborating Professor Krashen and exposing the contrived skills and STEM crises. Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation. Susan Ohanian's Testing Outrages. The Chicago Public Schools Turnaround Model by Susan Ohanian Chicago Public School CEO Arne Duncan introduced the School Turnaround Model in 2006. You may remember that Duncan literally gutted the William T. Sherman Elementary School of staff: principals, teachers, even custodians were replaced. A year after the turnaround, the Chicago parent advocacy group Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) researched Sherman's data and found, "during its first turnaround year, Sherman had a 20 percent drop in enrollment, a 10 percent drop in the number of low-income children, a 17 percent increase in the mobility rate, a lower parent involvement rate and lower science test scores.

" That didn't stop Duncan from touting Sherman and the turnaround model as central to his education reform plan once he was named U. Please note: The above text is copyrighted by the Chicago Public Schools-- Office of School Improvement. GlobalEd Collaborative News. The Powers Tweet Daily. 8 Wastes of Time That Can Actually Make You Smart. Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism.

Are racists dumb?

Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism

Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes. The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood. I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score determined by standardized tests, but whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists.

Dr. Can Schools Create a Culture of Learning By Doing? - Education. What if we had a culture of "do" instead of a culture of "know" in our schools?

Can Schools Create a Culture of Learning By Doing? - Education

That was the question posed by sixth-grade language arts teacher Bill Ferriter and three other educators at last weekend’s EduCon, an education innovation conference held in Philadelphia. Ferriter writes on his blog, The Tempered Radical, that the group came up with the question during a session designed to push educators to dream big and develop ambitious solutions for the problems facing schools.

Although knowing academic content is foundational, he writes, students often complain about feeling disconnected from what they’re learning because they’re never given the chance to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways. Models like service learning are proven to boost student engagement and reduce the dropout rate, yet the test-heavy school culture has created an environment where teachers simply cover the curriculum and students regurgitate facts onto a test.

Photo via (cc) Flickr user Mark Gstohl. Make online flashcards & notes. Study anywhere, anytime. New Teacher Academy: Delivery of Instruction. Welcome to week three of Edutopia's New Teacher Academy blog series!

New Teacher Academy: Delivery of Instruction

I'm excited to be here with you sharing my passion to support and mentor new teachers. I hope that you will stay with us as we continue to look at five key topics designed to provide resources for new teachers in five key areas. To collaborate in more detail on these and other topics, I invite you to join my weekly New Teacher chat on Twitter, and also to visit my blog Teaching with Soul.

Please view this video as I share a few words on our focus for this week. Your Learning Style Profile. The table below represents some of the ways our learning skills, styles, and preferences may be categorized.

Your Learning Style Profile

This information is limited and will only provide a starting point for understanding how you learn best. Why We Need a 4th R: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms.