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Dec 05, 2016

Beyond Grit: The Science of Creativity, Purpose, and Motivation

"Your interests and your passion develop over time. I want to disabuse people of this mythology of 'it happens to you and if you're lucky, you find it, and then that's all you have to do.'" Angela Duckworth is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and the bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She is the Founder and Scientific Director of a non-profit, Character Lab, and in 2013 was named a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Recently, she joined Adam Grant for an evening of conversation as a part of the Authors@Wharton ...


Mar 31, 2017

Reading, Writing, and Purpose: Why We Should Teach Kids Meaning at School

“Teaching children their purpose, getting them engaged in these bigger questions, can actually bolster and support their academic learning.” Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, the scientific director of The Imagination Institute, and the author of Ungifted and Wired to Create. He recently joined Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, for a Heleo Conversation on the ways we can build meaning in schools.This conversation has been edited and condensed. Scott: You’ve just written this wonderful book on meaning, and I’m deeply interested in ...


Feb 14, 2018

5 Second Rule

The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, apply the 5 second rule.Thank you Tom Bilyeu for this awesome collaboration. Subscribe to Tom's channel:


Nov 04, 2017

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

10-year-old boy named James has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says to him, he pushes the other boy, and a shoving-match ensues. When the teacher steps in to break it up, James goes ballistic, throwing papers and books around the classroom and bolting out of the room and down the hall. He is finally contained in the vice principal’s office, where staff members try to calm him down. Instead, he kicks the vice principal in a frenzied effort to escape. The staff calls 911, and James ends up in the Emergency Room.To the uninitiated, James ...


Oct 23, 2016

How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

School librarian Mary Ann Scheuer remembers a second grader who couldn’t keep up with the class during reading time. The child was a grade-level behind in reading, and while the rest of the class could sit quietly for 30 minutes, engrossed in Horrible Harry, this child began to act out after ten frustrating minutes with the book. On Scheuer’s recommendation, the teacher introduced the student to the same story via an audiobook; he listened to the story, and then sat alone with the book to read on his own. Scheuer recalls the boy saying, “I read it so much ...


Aug 26, 2017

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

The latest buzzword in U.S. public education these days is personalized learning.Depending on whom you ask, the term refers to a model, a strategy, a plan, or just plain old good instruction. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. It is either impossible without technology or requires no technology at all. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer.The excitement ...


Sep 01, 2017

What Personalized Learning Is Not

“I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!” “I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I can’t personalize my students’ learning because I don’t have enough devices for all of my students.” These are just two of the statements I hear from teachers about the challenges of facilitating personalized learning. As an instructional technology coach for a large district in the metropolitan Atlanta area, I serve several ...


May 25, 2016

Why Grit Can’t Be Taught Like Math

Because noncognitive qualities like grit, curiosity, self-control, optimism, and conscientiousness are often described, with some accuracy, as skills,educators eager to develop these qualities in their students quite naturally tend to treat them like the skills that we already know how to teach: reading, calculating, analyzing, and so on. And as the value of noncognitive skills has become more widely acknowledged, demand has grown for a curriculum or a textbook or a teaching strategy to guide us in helping students develop these skills. If we can all agree on the most effective way to teach the Pythagorean theorem, can’t ...