Perfect Pitch – Change Your World

December 10th, 2012

Wanna change the world?  Or do you just want to change your world? Either way, there is a process that starts with an idea and evolves into action.  How does this happen?  Well, watch this presentation for an example of a prefect pitch, pun intended :)  Then, examine The Bold Academy for more details. Amber Rae, helped launch this wonderful project.  It’s worth a few minutes of your time to check out.

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December 9th, 2012

Read more about the Common Core Standards

  • corestandards.org
    • All the material you need from the source of the initiative
  • edutopia.org
    • All you want to know about Common Core broken down as only Edutopia can do
    • Well explained with numerous helpful resources

Watch more videos about the Standards

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6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

December 5th, 2012 Image from FastCompany.com

“Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way,” Mike said. “Self-care is the secret to performing at the highest level.” - Mike Del Ponte  quoted in the FastCompany.com article, 6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

What do successful people do?

Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?

2. Define your top 3. Every morning Mike asks himself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” He prioritizes his day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3″ today?

3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Mike spends his 10 minutes getting away from his desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?

4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Most mornings you’ll find Mike in a CrossFit or a yoga class. How will you sweat today?

5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness, which is why Mike keeps a gratitude journal. Every morning, he writes out at least five things he’s thankful for. In times of stress, he’ll pause and reflect on 10 things he’s grateful for. What are you grateful for today?

6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Mike asks himself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it? Read More at FastCompany.com. . .

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

November 12th, 2012

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Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

November 12th, 2012

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Engaged Learning Model

November 11th, 2012

What is this?

I created this graphic to help teachers design learner-friendly presentation activities in the classroom. According to John Medina’s BrainRules, an audience’s attention span is about 10 minutes. At this point, the presenter needs to recalibrate before continuing with the presentation.  This cycle can be repeated numerous times, but it is best to take a longer break every 50 minutes. Maybe we could have students change classes?  What an interesting idea :)

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You Have to Start Meeting Like This!

November 11th, 2012 Meetings Make Me Sad image from Flickr by theamarand

We work — therefore we meet. But why do so few of our meetings meet our expectations? Michael Begeman may be the world’s foremost expert on the business world’s most universal ritual. Here’s his short course on running meetings that will work for you. – Read more!

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Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

November 11th, 2012

[Facebook and Twitter] aren’t the real problems in the office. The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings.” (Jason Fried)

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Khan Academy Founder Talks Radical Education Reform

November 11th, 2012

“There’s a lot more demand for people who want to just improve themselves than anyone would have guessed,” says Salman Khan, founder of the free educational video series that bears his name and the new book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.

Originally conceived to help his 12-year-old cousin learn math, Khan Academy now offers free online lectures and video tutorials to more than 6 million students each month. Videos covering topics as diverse as mathematics, physics, history, and economics have garnered over 200 million views and generated significant funding from both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.

Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie sat down with Khan to discuss how to radically transform American education, why technology is never the solution reformers expect, and how massive amounts of money go missing every day in conventional public schools. – Published on Nov 9, 2012 by ReasonTV

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Done!

October 25th, 2012
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Done!, a photo by scottleduc on Flickr.