Oct 17

Tips From Google Inc. About Creating A Culture of Innovation in Your Classroom

October 17th, 2017 by Austin Butler

What’s the all-time best career advice I've ever received? Don’t reinvent the wheel. As much as we all want to be unique, innovation doesn't necessarily mean coming up with an idea from scratch. It means taking ideas and creations that are out there and combining them or building on them to create something even better. Once I'd cemented that idea...

Oct 10

How to Teach Students to be Conversationalists

October 10th, 2017 by Austin Butler

How do you get people to like you? This seems like an elusive question that has likely perplexed mankind for millennia. After all, there’s a common human tendency to want to be liked. Scientists have drawn on a body of research to answer this question and what they found might surprise you... ask people questions! This discovery plays on human...

Sep 26

How to “Open Source” Your Classroom to Boost Student Collaboration

September 26th, 2017 by Austin Butler

What is open source? The term "open source" refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. The term is most commonly used in programming in which the original source code is made freely available so that other users can modify and build on the initial product. The genius of open source is that no...

Sep 20

Teaching Students to Embrace Failure

September 20th, 2017 by Austin Butler

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, before going on to be one of the world’s most famous players. Henry Ford declared bankruptcy twice before finally getting Ford Motors off the ground. Walt Disney was fired from an early job for "not being creative enough” and his first studio went bankrupt before he hit on success with...

Sep 12

What Makes a Student WANT to Learn?

September 12th, 2017 by Austin Butler

“The first team to finish will get extra recess time on Friday.” “Any student who gets less than a 70% on tomorrow’s quiz will have to attend tutoring after school.” There are a number of ways teachers motivate students to do what we want them to do. From grades, to rewards, and even punishments, we use these tools to motivate...

Aug 29

This Simple Behavior is Proven to Lead to Greater Student Success

August 29th, 2017 by Austin Butler

Almost all of us can sympathize with the crushing sensation of getting a failing grade at one point or another. Whether it's on a spelling quiz in elementary school or an essay for a college class, the sight of an “F” at the top of your paper can be equally demoralizing. What sets people apart, however, comes from how one...

Aug 22

Project Based Learning: Expectations vs. Reality

August 22nd, 2017 by Austin Butler

What happens with most of the work that students do in school? From my experience, most of it ended up crumpled at the bottom of my book bag. What relevance it had with the assignment last week, the subject as a whole, or my personal life was pretty much lost on me. Homework was homework, and if I wanted to...

Aug 8

How to Implement Design Thinking in Your Classroom

August 8th, 2017 by Austin Butler

Today, many people who’ve grown accustomed to rideshare apps, such as Uber, can’t imagine going back to the days of riding in taxis. In hindsight, taxis seem incredibly inconvenient to many. You have to stand on a street corner to find one, drivers prefer you to pay in cash, and you have no way of knowing if they are trustworthy before...

Aug 2

Physics for Babies? Starting Kids Early on the Hard Subjects

August 2nd, 2017 by Austin Butler

Colin Carlson graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in ecology and environmental biology when he was 15. At age 16 he had earned his Master’s degree in the same subjects, and by 22 he completed his Ph.D. from the University California, Berkeley. He wants to use his degrees to study parasites and the impact that climate change...

Jul 25

Teaching Students Communication Skills

July 25th, 2017 by Austin Butler

We all have that one colleague that writes emails the same way they speak. If they've had a bad day, you can read it loud and clear in their latest email. It's even worse when it comes to the really important emails. Like that time when they submitted a request to the school's administrator on behalf of your department. It...