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5 Writing Perspectives to Be Thankful For

Every day at Writer’s Digest, I’m particularly thankful that I get to read about writing and edit some really skilled teachers and experts. The varied perspectives, voices and authorities on the craft keep me on my toes and enrich my ex...

How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Strategies that target students’ metacognition—the ability to think about thinking—can close a gap that some students experience between how prepared they feel for a test and how prepared they actually are. In a new study, students in...

3 Literacy Practices That Work

In the post “What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon,” I wrote, “The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. It’s not surprising that we...

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Recent research by Google found that the single most important factor contributing to innovation by teams was “psychological safety,” a sense of confidence that members of a group will not be embarrassed, rejected, punished, or ridicule...

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

Portfolios have many benefits: They can aid students in metacognition, reflection, and ownership of learning. But if they’re handled poorly, students and teachers may feel that portfolios are a waste of time. And while some see portfolios...

Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: What to Do When You’re Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel

[Call for Entries: The Short Short Story Competition] It’s officially the middle of NaNoWriMo, which means that if you’re on pace, you’re in the middle of your novel. At this point, it’s easy to get stuck writing, but these strategi...

PhD Guilty Feeling

November 15, 2017, by Agata PhD Guilty Feeling Have you ever felt this weird disturbing sensation of guilt during your PhD? Guilty that you are not good enough, you do not work enough, you do not read enough … Even if that all sounds ridi...

10 Tools for Bookmarking and Online Research

Find Information These online tools and resources can help you find quality source material for your research projects. 1. Library Lookup Project One of the best research and information resources is your local library. While most libraries...

25 Useful Search Engines Beyond Google

Before we dive in, here’s a quick glossary of terms: Semantic searches: Semantic searching was invented in the never-ending quest to offer more relevant search results. Basically, a semantic search engine uses semantic networks, or re...

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