This Is What Teachers Think Their Tenure Process Should Look Like, Poll Shows In the same week that a group of parents in New York are pushing a judge to hear a case that could limit teacher tenure, an education nonprofit has released a poll detailing what educators think their job protections should look like. Earlier this week, Teach Plus, an education reform group that seeks to support new teachers, released the results of a poll that asked 500 California teachers about teacher protection laws. The poll comes several months after a California judge ruled in the case Vergara v. Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up? The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion? Highly sensitiveDeep ThinkerReflectiveIntrospectiveNegative emotionsSocially AnxiousDefensiveVulnerableAlways prefers solitude over social interaction
3 Bad Habits That Can Derail Any Relationship As a marriage therapist, one of the questions I get asked most by family and friends is What should I do so we don’t end up in couples therapy? As a wife, I get it: you want to know what goes wrong in other relationships so you can avoid it in yours. Unfortunately, there’s no magic checklist that will guarantee marital bliss. But I’ve seen enough couples in my professional life that I can offer an insider’s look at the three bad habits that I see often in the unhappy couples who find themselves on my couch. 1. Avoiding confrontation and conflict. Why Every Part of Your Company Should Be Focused on Giving A company’s culture is one of its most valued assets. That’s why it’s essential that leaders commit to defining and developing it as they expand. “Work hard, play hard” is a frequent motto of modern startups that want to counter the rigid processes and protocols of large corporate environments. These companies move fast, try new things, and usually have ping-pong tables. We subscribe to that mindset at TechnologyAdvice, but with an added dimension.
Why Parenting Is So Hard for Us Introverts The day the new neighbors moved in two doors down, I was excited for my 7-year-old son. After sneaking many furtive glances as they came and went, we determined they had a little boy around the same age as Sammy. And after having lived in a neighborhood swarming with little girls for almost five years, this was reason to celebrate. Finally, Sam would have a friend -- a real, live neighborhood buddy! Buddhadharma In Everyday Life. ~ via Linda Lewis Lojong 12, “Drive All Blames into One” Perhaps the most challenging and provocative of Atisha’s slogans is Drive All Blames into One. Why in the world would anyone want to do such a thing? Who wants to invite blame? Sometimes it is difficult enough to take the blame for something we actually did, like reaching for honey in the grocery store and accidentally knocking a glass jar of peanut butter off the shelf and onto the floor. Are we the kind of person who walks away, hoping no one saw or heard the glass break?
Me, My Selfie and I See also: 7 Tips For Great Selfies It's official: 2013 is the year that the selfie came into its own. The self-taken mobile photo now boasts its own art exhibition as well as a new linguistic status—Oxford Dictionaries just added the word in August, making it a legitimate part of the English language. (Update: Oxford has made named it the word of the year for 2013.) Being Mindful About Mindfulness Can we be more mindful about mindfulness? Practicing mindfulness can sharpen attention, improve health and increase productivity. However, as mindfulness spreads into more and more areas of modern life, some advocates of the practice are concerned that it is being separated from ethics.
Life After Dating: Marriage For Introverts Pretty much everything about Kale and I getting married was untraditional. But we were actually quite traditional by not moving in together until a few days before our wedding. Kale and I certainly weren’t opposed to premarital cohabitation on principle: both of us had lived with exes in long-term relationships before. We simply hadn’t been together long enough to move in together: we had only been dating for four months when we got engaged and got married just five weeks after that (yeah, we moved quick). Kale ending his lease in Brooklyn to move into my apartment in Queens a few days before our wedding was pure circumstance. By cultural standards, the “getting married” part is supposed to be the huge change that occurred in my life.
The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting by Maria Popova “Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons.” “A principal fruit of friendship,” Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, “is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”
How Long to Nap for the Best Brain Benefits Home » Health » How Long to Nap for the Best Brain Benefits Taking a nap, we’ve seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. Scientists offer recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when. The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best “bang for your buck,” but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, other durations might be ideal: For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.
Eating animal protein may be as harmful as smoking, scientists claim - Health News - Health & Families Middle-aged people who eat protein-rich food are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone who only eats a little, according to a new study. The researchers said eating a lot of protein increased the risk of cancer almost as much as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. They reached their findings, published in the journal Cell: Metabolism, after tracking thousands of people over 20 years. “We provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet - particularly if the proteins are derived from animals - is nearly as bad as smoking for your health,” one of the academics behind the work, Dr Valter Longo, of the University of Southern California, told The Daily Telegraph. A high-protein diet was defined as one in which 20 per cent of the calories came from protein.