Tag Archives: Intelligence

How to Build a Teacher in 10 Steps


Introduction: On Touchstones and Magic Right now there is an aspiring teacher who is working on a 60-page paper based on some age-old education theory developed by some dead education professor wondering to herself what this task that she’s engaging … Continue reading

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Expand Your Consciousness In Four Steps


Expand Your Consciousness In Four Two Steps   STEP ONE: Because at some stage of your life you are going to anyway, try any combination of the following New Age 'consciousness-raising' techniques:

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Assessing Thinking


I came across this recently and thought I'd share it:       The original source.    

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Naked Monkey Freaky Smart Stuff: Six of the Best and Most Accessible and Most Interesting Podcasts That Are Better Than Idols


It's been four years since I got turned on to podcasts. I listen to new episodes on my commute to and from work, during my admin periods, while I'm blogging and just about whenever I can stitch a few moments … Continue reading

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Not Just a Game: Kids on The Value of Chess in Education


  As you no doubt know, constant reader (because I have gone on about it enough), I teach a chess class as an elective part of our Grade 9 curriculum. This year, as part of their final exam I asked … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Rotary Drill: Why Teaching Critical Thinking in Traditional Schools is Pointless


You know when you were younger and you bought your dad a present for Father's Day that you knew was cool and useful and would change his life forever? Like, say, a small high-speed rotary drill with multiple burrs? There's … Continue reading

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Whispers and Whoops: How to Get as Smart as a Brick


Who doesn’t love Brick Heck? He’s so cute and quirky (*Softly whisper the word QUIRKY into your chest – because it comforts you.*) In case you don’t know, Brick is the youngest son of Mike and Frankie Heck – a … Continue reading

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Big Brother is Judging: The Insidious Effect of Big Data & Learning Analytics in Education


I know, let’s gather all the information we can about our students. We’ll tell people we’re using it to personalize and enhance kids’ learning experience. We’ll call it Educational Data Mining. No wait, the acronym for that would sound like … Continue reading

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Does the Quest to Program an Intelligent Robot Provide a Model for 21st Century Education?


Processing Learning is a system with inputs, processes and outputs. There has been much discussion in recent years around how we need to improve the inputs so that the outputs become more relevant and meaningful in the modern world. We … Continue reading

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10 Things That Sucking at Chess Has Taught Me About Life


10 Things That Sucking at Chess Has Taught Me About Life ♚ The Game I love playing chess. Mostly because it seems that I am involved in a very tiny way in one of the greatest collective intellectual achievements of … Continue reading

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10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School


If you tell your child that school and learning are not that important in the grand scheme of things, and if you are never curious about anything, and if your entertainment choices involve more mindless television than enlightening reading, and if you close off avenues of thought for your kids through your own narrow-mindedness, and if you are bigoted and biased – how can you expect me to broaden your child’s mind? Continue reading

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Critical Thinking Gallery (Pictures)


Each one asks a question.

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Is Teaching Critical Thinking The Most Important (And Most Under-Taught) Skill At School? #SlowChatEd


I sometimes think that my school indulges my madness too easily. A few years ago, I suggested that we offer Chess as an Option subject for our Grade 8s and 9s. I firmly believe that the lessons chess has to … Continue reading

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Controversial Tweets I’ll Never Send


CAUTION: IF YOU ARE RELIGIOUS, CONSERVATIVE OR SIMILARLY AFFLICTED, THIS POST MAY NOT BE FOR YOU.

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Opiate of the Masses: Richard Dawkins’s Brilliant Analogy


Opiate of the Masses (Excerpt) by Richard Dawkins It is a highly addictive drug, but governments everywhere encourage its use… I came across this excellent piece by Richard Dawkins on 'Gerin Oil' recently. It serves as an excellent analogy for … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A Short Guide to the Best (& Worst) Documentary Channels for Kids


Kids should watch more TV. Specifically, they should watch good quality documentaries – as often as possible. This is because teachers and books and parents are no longer the fountains of all knowledge. If kids can learn and supplement their … Continue reading

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Why Declining National Assessment Standards Hurts Kids


You would think that lowering the standards of final national exams in South Africa would be good news for kids. Easier exams mean more of them pass more easily. And top students can clean up. You would be wrong. Easier … Continue reading

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And In The Darkness Bind Them: The Biggest Education Myth Of All


On Medieval Elitism, The Mythological Underworld and Magical Fellowships Wading Through the Fog There is a thick layer of myths in education. We are surrounded by things that sound as if they should be true, but are not. Despairingly, most … Continue reading

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Send Them to Mars! (Why a Good Education Will Get Kids Into Space)


Image: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1121/NASA-s-Curiosity-Mars-rover-to-lay-the-foundation-for-search-for-life-Video What does it take to be an astronaut? In addition to being creative, psychologically and emotionally stable, with a strong sense of drive and intrinsic motivation, NASA says that they “cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant's … Continue reading

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How to Structure an Argument (Cheat Sheet)


Most of what follows applies in formal debating scenarios. With a bit of practice and experience, though, the basic format could be used during less structured debates (with one or two modifications), and even heated everyday arguments. No it can’t. … Continue reading

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