Understanding the Anxieties Around Educating Special Needs Kids

Our guest is the author of a fascinating book that explores the emotions that dads, moms, caregivers and teachers struggle with in educating special needs children.


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Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change

The examples should sound familiar: We get necessary and helpful feedback from a boss or colleague, only to snarl under our breath, but failing to realize the foolishness on our end. We become aware of our declining efficiency, so instead of treating the disease we treat the symptoms and we chug coffee only to crash an hour later face-first into our keyboard (and then we go searching for productivity hacks because our workload is too high).

Over time, this becomes our routine, our default reaction, and we fail to stop and reflect on what we’re doing. To make it even more difficult, many of us don’t have the luxury of someone being accountable for us (who does?), helping us recognize our mistakes and their repercussions.

Catching ourselves before we engage

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The Art of Strategic Laziness | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)

David Heinemeier Hansson (“DHH”)

The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, a frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company.  Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments.

This post is adapted from his new book, SMARTCUTSand it will teach you a few things:

  • How to use strategic “laziness” to dramatically accelerate progress
  • How “DHH” became a world-class car racer in record time, and how he revolutionized programming (they’re related)
  • A basic intro to computer programming abstraction

Note: the technical aspects of programming have been simplified for a lay audience.  If you’d like to point out clarifications or

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Vicki Davis on Twitter: Hot sweaty Georgia football in August. #gocats http://t.co/XRM8tZ8y8G

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Webinar: "Growing Your STEM Curriculum with Hydroponics"

Teaching STEM Through Hydroponics?

In previous posts, we’ve discussed why you should be using hydroponics in the classroom and even highlighted one of our most innovative educators.

Remember: hydroponics is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. Aquaponics, therefore involves growing plants without soil (i.e. hydroponics) using fish waste as an organic nutrient source (i.e. aquaculture).

Hydroponics and aquaponics incorporates every STEM field – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – in a fun, food-growing package that every student can relate to. (After all, everyone eats food, no matter what their background.)

But we get it.

You’re busy.

And you have questions.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Video Creation and Editing 101

Creating videos is one of my favorite classroom activities for students. A well-planned video project can be used to have students sharpen their research, writing, and revising skills while developing video production skills. Below you will find a collection of tips and resources for learning to become a better video editor. If you’re looking for a mobile video creation tool, take a look at this comparison chart.

In the video below WeVideo offers three key tips for shooting better videos.

The Vimeo Video School offers more than five dozen videos about creating better videos. Two of their videos are embedded below.

Quick Focusing Tips from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

Zoom vs. Moving Camera from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

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Students and Teachers Experimenting With Creating Apps

In this segment we talk with a student and teacher who learned side by side how to create apps.


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“If you’re observant about things happening around you, there are insights waiting to be discovered” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive is the title of an NPR piece on a new study suggesting that a nation’s economic health can be evaluated by if its drivers back-in or drive-forward into a parking space.

The study itself has big enough holes through which you could drive a truck, but that’s not that important for how I envision using it in my International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class when we study human sciences.

The key point is made by NPR’s science correspondent at the end:


I think I’m going to have my TOK students read the NPR piece and many of the comments (while also looking at the issue of causation versus correlation), and then have them design a

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Vicki Davis on Twitter: So sweet when they leave me notes! I love them too!! http://t.co/vbMuHcnWm9


@coolcatteacher At first I thought the blue was a Twitter bird logo. I wondered what they were tweeting you! But glad they love you, too!

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