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5 fun learning experiences with Legos

Last Saturday, my four year old son Peter and I got lost in Lego Land for three hours. What were we doing? While the Lego Land experience has tons of activities for parents and their kids, my Peter and I were literally glued to the experience of building Lego race cars together. The experience is

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Redefining Success

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln A few years ago I was a miserable post-doc in a microbiology research lab. I was working long hours away from my family with very little pay and my research seemed to be going nowhere. Fortunately,

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Why are teachers heroes?

Published on September 24, 2012 by in teaching

Infographics regarding common challenges faced by professional educators. To all teachers, thank you for all that you do to inspire a better future for our children. Brought to you by USC Rossier Online Master’s in Teaching   Did you have a teacher who changed your life?   What did he or she do?  

 
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Why is perspective critical to leading and teaching?

In our quest to create positive change in the world, I have been inspired to reflect upon the idea that people see the world in different ways. We all wear metaphorical “sun glasses.” These glasses color the way we see and act in the world. The book “Seven habits of highly effective people” by Stephen

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Feedback is the breakfast of champions

I am constantly working to improve my course design and my teaching methods. I do my best to keep up with the current trends in education and I hold myself to high standards. I work hard to provide the best learning experience that I can. Given that I am early in my teaching career, I know there is a

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders and teachers inspire action?

Image from https://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers/status/230334473017884673/photo/1 Why should we communicate starting with “WHY?” In the context of leading, the average presentation can spend a lot of time down in the details.   The inspired teachers and leaders talk about why they believe a particular lesson is important.   This can also help leaders to discover common ground with the

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5 inspirational educators discovered through #EdCampAtl conference

Click here to visit the conference website Unfortunately,  Sarah and I did not get the opportunity to check out the awesome education “un-conference” in Atlanta, GA, EdCampAtl.   In an effort to connect with the energy, inspiration, and ideas from the #EdCampAtl conference, I kicked off my Monday searching for interesting people and blogs in

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How can a free massively collaborative game potentially help save lives?

As a game developer, I have become convinced that games can have a profound impact in teaching and changing the world.    Why? Games encourage us to take on epic challenges and objectives.    In the act of making a game, designers and developers have the opportunity to craft the rules of the game to

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5 Ways to get More Results In Life Using Agile

When I am not organized with planning my commitments to my faith life, family, and work, it can be stressful. We all experience this mental stress at some level. In previous posts regarding “Getting things done”, we introduced ways for collecting and organizing our life commitments.   In this post, I would like to challenge

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When Technology Fails

What do we do when the technology, that is supposed to make our lives easier, fails? If we are not adequately prepared it can make us feel incredible vulnerable. Last year the computer in one of my classrooms would not turn on and I was left to lecture on the board. While I had read

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