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  1. Fifty Years of Mentoring

    “These days, there are two main populations I end up mentoring: CEOs, and kids. At some level, they’re totally different. But at some level, they’re surprisingly similar.” On his personal blog, Stephen Wolfram reflects on his role as a mentor to people of all ages.

    Academia
  2. I Have a Passion for Creating Things that Have Value for Other People

    “Spelling really taught me time management and work ethic.” Cole Shafer‑Ray of The Spelling Champ turned his knack for words into an online consulting business.

    Business
  3. Ten Reasons Why Students Should Read Whole Books over Excerpts

    As the school year is kicking into gear in many countries, Cari White, a librarian in Texas, gives parents and educators 10 reasons to encourage young readers to tackle entire works.

    Books
  4. The Problem with “Great Schools”

    “Why do ratings in general, and Greatschool.org’s ratings in particular, perpetuate segregation and resource hoarding?” Ali McKay at Integrated Schools take a closer look at the school ratings website, GreatSchools.

    Data
  5. History: the Ghost at the Feast

    “Real life very rarely supplies us with strong, convincing narratives so we create our own in order to give ourselves a sense of purpose and meaning.” Ben Newmark contemplates the teaching of history and creating our own narratives on a personal and larger scale.

    Education
  6. For These Fourth Graders, A Project On Immigration Hits Home

    In Miriam Sicherman’s class, the students interview immigrants about their experiences in coming to America. These oral histories explore complex emotions about new beginnings.

    Education
    Photo by Kimberly M. Wang/Eardog Productions
  7. The Power of Poetry

    “Can anyone have this moment? Or is poetry only for some people — the smartest, the richest, the something-est?” At Nerdy Book Club, K-8 librarian Sarah FitzHenry recounts a school event with poet Kwame Alexander in which students discover the power of poetry.

    Education
    Photo via Nerdy Book Club
  8. Scientists Build an Animal Fart Database

    Do animals fart? Why, yes, yes they do, but you might be surprised to learn that some do not! The blog of National Geographic Education compiles teaching ideas and resources around flatulence in the animal kingdom.

    Animals
  9. The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus

    From the Trump Syllabus 2.0 to the Native Lives Matter Syllabus, crowd-sourced syllabi have popped up as resources for educators and readers looking for background about complex current events.

    Academia
  10. Adventures in Immersion

    On learning to speak French: “When you hear that sweet wobbly French from a tentative little face, the joy is nothing you have to manufacture. They understand! And they are understood. And that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing to share with someone.”

    Language
  11. How One Math Teacher Engages Students through Humor (and Bad Drawings)

    Whether you’re going back to school or graduated years ago, you’ll enjoy this stick-figure-filled conversation with Math with Bad Drawings blogger and UK-based math teacher Ben Orlin.

    Education
  12. My Father: The Ag Teacher

    “Underneath all of the lesson plans, the CDE’s, the SAE’s and the FFA membership, isn’t that what it’s all about — showing students that they are loved, valued and capable.” A daughter writes a warm, thoughtful tribute to her father, who had left farming to teach agriculture.

    Education
  13. It’s Always Plan B

    “In the prison classroom, it’s always Plan B. Every text hits bone. Words have consequences.” Professor R.M. Gosselin reflects on teaching behind bars.

    Education
  14. In Her Dream I Spoke Arabic

    “And when she read aloud my words in that other tongue, when I listened to myself speak through her, I heard myself in a different way.” In a college composition class a few years ago, many worlds came together.

    Education
  15. Rich Country

    “My father sold his water buffalo so I could come to school.” An American public school teacher, longing for less commercialism and more community, gets her wish in Nepal.

    Education
    Photo by Vera & Jean-Christophe CCBY