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Want even more mind-blowing TED Talks? Let’s get more STEM teachers in the classroom. Starting with … you!


TED Blog

Teachers blow minds. Illustration by Cultivated Wit. Do you work in the sciences, technology or engineering? Ever thought about becoming a STEM teacher? Below, proof that teachers blow minds. Illustration: Cultivated Wit

By Baratunde Thurston

So, you might know me. I ran the digital side of The Onion for a long time; I’m the author of How To Be Black. People call me to do things like host White House events on innovation, do the wrap-up at TED salons, join semi-secret cabals at MIT, and comment on the teevee. The underlying constant in my multi-hyphenate life is running my creative company, Cultivated Wit. I’m proud of what we do, but part of the deal with an agency-client relationship is: you keep it quiet.

But I’m working on a campaign right now that I’m so proud of, I’m speaking up loudly. Because this topic hits close to home.

Today, Cultivated Wit launches a co-funded digital campaign to…

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Laptops in Classrooms

The Buttry Diary

My distracting laptop My distracting laptop

I’ve updated this post after discussing the issue with my class. 

I can think of no journalism professors I admire more than Clay Shirky and Jay Rosen. But I (so far) disagree with them on the subject of whether to allow students to use laptops and mobile devices during class.

Clay has explained in a blog post why he bans computers from his classroom. Jay chimed in his agreement:

They both have notably more classroom experience than I do, and they might be right. I encourage you to read Clay’s full explanation and won’t try to summarize it here, but he cites research about how multitasking can interfere with learning.

My limited experience is different. I was very…

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Do’s and Don’t of Classroom Management: Resources from Edutopia

Establishing procedures from the first day of school is very important.



Educators everywhere know how important it is to establish systems and procedures within the classroom. Even with this knowledge, managing a classroom can be one of the most challenging things for a teacher to do (especially a novice teacher). Given its importance, I’d like to share a few resources to help make managing the classroom easier to do during the school year. tlb

Classroom management Resources from Edutopia:

  1. The Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips from the Edutopia Community – Linda Raffaelli
  2. Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment – Mark Phillips
  3. You Only Get One First Day of School – Lisa Mims
  4. 5 Critical Categories of Rules – Dr. Richard Curwin
  5. 3 Levels of Effective Classroom Management – Nick Provenzano
  6. 5 Quick Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers – Rebecca Alber


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5 Unconventional Ways to Teach

Thomas McGregor

I feel as though teachers feel like they are spinning their educating wheels when it comes to their style in the classroom. Do you feel this way sometimes? Do you feel as though your way of teaching was brought about by others? Do you not feel as though you don’t have an original style of teaching? If this is true for you then this article is for you… I will outline the 5 Unconventional Ways to Teach giving you ideas for creating your own style of teaching.

  1. Audio Teaching: Teaching Through Voice / Song / Music Sometimes straight facts can be uninteresting and void of keeping the attention of students. Let’s face it, facts by themselves on a sheet of paper are a kind-of boring. With audio teaching you can use the gift of sound to bring the facts to life. By using your voice effectively or by…

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Word Press

Giving Word Press a try and seeing how it compares to other blogging sites. Interesting to see how each blog is different, yet all  have the same purpose of expression. In terms of education, blog are a great way for students to express themselves in way that is completely open.