Parents’ evening: the questions that teachers never seem keen to answer ... You turn up for parents’ evening full of questions about your child. But sometimes the teacher seems to mumble or fudge rather than give you a straight reply. Here are truthful answers to some common questions ... Olivier Theyskens to Depart Theory Olivier Theyskens, photo Patrick McMullan Olivier Theyskens to Depart Theory by Chris Nelson Olivier Theyskens is leaving his artistic director role at Theory, reports WWD. The raven-haired Belgian joined the American sportswear brand in 2010 to design the Theyskens Theory capsule collection, which morphed into a permanent position designing the main Theory label. The resort 2015 collection will be the last for Theyskens, who says he plans to explore other creative interests.
The Mimi Foundation's 'If Only For A Second' The Belgian charity the Mimi Foundation told 20 cancer patients they would give them makeovers. All that was required of them was to keep their eyes closed to make the reveal more exciting. The patients expected that when they opened their eyes, they would look beautiful — but they got something else completely. The first 1:30 of this video may seem straight out of a clichéd charitable makeover video. Then it takes quite the unexpected turn: 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others.
e3 Made to measure In 600 B.C., Daniel of Judah had a problem. Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was forcing the Israelites to eat only meat and wine. Daniel thought the Israelites would be healthier on a diet of water and vegetables. With the king’s blessing, for ten days a group of Israelite children ate vegetables while another group of children dined on meat. The two groups of children were compared, the Israelite children looked healthier, and the clinical trial was born. Five Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher : NPR Ed When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how he or she gets that way. To get us started, we gathered an expert round table of educators who've also done a lot of thinking about teaching.
Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World by Maria Popova “For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.” Shortly after turning fifty, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis. With his greatest works behind him, he found his sense of purpose dwindling as his celebrity and public acclaim billowed, sinking into a state of deep depression and melancholia despite having a large estate, good health for his age, a wife who had born him fourteen children, and the promise of eternal literary fame. On the brink of suicide, he made one last grasp at light amidst the darkness of his existence, turning to the world’s great religious and philosophical traditions for answers to the age-old question regarding the meaning of life. He likens the progression of his depression to a serious physical illness — a parallel modern science is rending increasingly appropriate.
This physics grad student made a mind-blowing Bohemian Rhapsody cover I agree. It should be yarn, obviously. Also, the Big Bang sounds like the current equivalent of the turtle swimming in an eternal sea. On his back there are four pillars. Atop the pillars is an elephant, and carried on the elephant's back is the half-globe that is our world. 25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner Critical thinking is the engine of learning. Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, analysis, evaluation, innovation, application, and scores of other verbs from various learning taxonomies. So the following infographic from Mentoring Minds is immediately relevant to all educators, and students as well. It’s a bit of a mash of Habits of Mind, various 21st century learning frameworks, and the aforementioned learning taxonomies, promoting collaboration, problem-solving, and real-world connections (standard “critical thinking fare” with Habits of Mind-sounding phrases such as “Open-Mindedness”). At the bottom, it pushes a bit further, however, offering 25 critical thinking strategies to help support progressive learning. While a few are a bit vague (#12 says to “Think critically daily,” and #17 is simply “Well-informed”), overall the graphic does pool together several important themes into a single image.
Open access: The true cost of science publishing Michael Eisen doesn't hold back when invited to vent. “It's still ludicrous how much it costs to publish research — let alone what we pay,” he declares. The biggest travesty, he says, is that the scientific community carries out peer review — a major part of scholarly publishing — for free, yet subscription-journal publishers charge billions of dollars per year, all told, for scientists to read the final product. “It's a ridiculous transaction,” he says. Eisen, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that scientists can get much better value by publishing in open-access journals, which make articles free for everyone to read and which recoup their costs by charging authors or funders. Among the best-known examples are journals published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), which Eisen co-founded in 2000.
The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times (Image: Students in class via Shutterstock)Please support Truthout’s work by making a tax-deductible donation: click here to contribute. A little learning is a dangerous thing. - Alexander Pope The tragic deaths of 26 people shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., included 20 young children and six educators. i-d.vice Breaking into the creative industries is difficult, expensive, and takes a hell of a long time. But don’t give up hope just yet! You’ve just left school or finished university after weeks of rinsing Wikipedia for all its worth, gallons of instant coffee, and slightly sour milk; you’ve forgotten what your family looks like, your own name, and anything that wasn’t relevant to your final exams.
What Nobel Prize winners do with crayons - Holy Kaw! When was the last time you picked up a pack of crayons and went to town? Funny how long it’s been for most of us, and many adults would find it a strange request, but that didn’t stop photographer Volker Steger from posing the question to some of the world’s greatest minds. The end result was the collection “Sketches of Science: Photo Sessions With Nobel Laureates,” wherein each winner was asked to go back to the very, very basics to describe their discovery. When you see the shots, you realize that, despite their accomplishments, they’re still just kids at heart. See the full collection here. Bruce A.
How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different by Terry Heick This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the development of personal thinking habits in 21st century learners.