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August 3, 2019

Boost Your Productivity by Putting a Plant on Your Desk

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The internet is full of cute animal pictures and stories, but chances are good. ThatΒ Mike Robinson’s storyΒ is the first cute plant story you’ve come across. Mike was the engineer and owner of WeatherSolve Structures, a small Canadian firm that made windbreaks, canopies, and the like. His wife Suzanne, however, was the owner of a simple, clever idea. Give every employee at the firm a plant to keep on their desk. Boost Your Productivity by Putting a Plant on Your Desk …

Initially, Mike was skeptical, he saidΒ in a TEDx talkΒ on the subject. Wouldn’t employees just waste time watering and gazing at the thing? But happy [...]

 
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August 2, 2019

Learning Styles Don’t Actually Exist

It’s a pervasive idea: different students’ brains are better suited to different styles of learning. So while one student might best comprehend a subject by hearing a lesson. Another would get the most benefit from reading it on paper. Another still would learn it better by performing a hands-on demonstration. The idea of “learning styles” is so simple that it should be easy to prove with a scientific study. Decades of research has shown that it’s just not true. And yet, students and teachers alike still believe it β€” and it’s harming students’ ability to learn. ..Learning Styles Don’t Actually Exist:

A Load of VAK

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July 13, 2019

Learning Styles

Learning Styles Don’t Actually Exist . So while one student might best comprehend a subject by hearing a lesson. Another would get the most benefit from reading it on paper. And another still would learn it better by performing a hands-on demonstration. The idea of “learning styles” is so simple that it should be easy to prove with a scientific study. But decades of research has shown that it’s just not true. And yet, students and teachers alike still believe it β€” and it’s harming students’ ability to learn.

A Load of VAK

While what we just described may be one of the most popular models of learning styles. Known as VAK theory, for [...]

 
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July 12, 2019

Forging a Friendship

Forging a Friendship. Back in kindergarten, friendship was easy: you approached a fellow kid, asked them to be your friend, and the deal was done. But as people get older, established friendships start to falter and new ones form less frequently. At this point, new best buds don’t just sit next to you on the first day of school β€” you actually have to try to make friends. Luckily, sociology researchers have been looking into what people need to form lasting friendships, and they come down to three simple ingredients.

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Chances are that your BFF in school was probably in your class. They may have even sat in the desk next to yours. The same goes for [...]

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