Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This research-based approach has shown improvements in brain function in as little as 12 hours.

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Have you ever wondered why some people appear to be better thinkers and are known to be visionaries? Clearly we are all born with certain strengths (and weaknesses), but research has shown that our brains can actually be trained to focus more and have deeper thoughts.


Not surprisingly, one of the recommendations is to stop multitasking.  Please read on to learn what else you can do to improve your thought leadership!

Five Tips that Helped Improve My Child’s Behavior

This guest post was written by Chrissy Kelly, a mom of two boys with autism. You can read more about her and her family on her blog, “Life With Greyson + Parker,” and also her Facebook page.

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This article is a bit of a departure from our normal motivational reads, as it is a piece posted by a mom that has two children with Autism.  But as I read through it, the tips seemed quite straight forward and sound.  For example, the first tip is to give a warning (number of minutes depends on your particular child and situation) before transitioning to a new activity.  The other tips are equally helpful as well.

30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter In the Classroom

Do you use Twitter in your classroom as part of your lesson plans? If not, don’t worry—you’re not alone.
David W. Deeds’s insight:
Possible even behind The Great Firewall!

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One of the best ways to motivate children is to speak their language.  Kids, in fact all of us, relate better to things that are familiar.


While many of us think of Twitter as a way to receive news alters or to hear from celebrities, used correctly, it can actually be a very effective way to communicate with a class of students.


Here are fifteen innovative ideas that you might want to consider for your classroom.

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have | Edudemic

Check out what skill we think makes a modern teacher, and let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

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While academic institutions and higher-ed have been slower to change than have other industries, technology has increasingly been making inroads.  These changes are not only impacting kids, but also teachers.


If you are an educator, this article may provide insights into some of the tools and technologies that can help you stay in touch with your students.  The article also provides insight into non-technological ideas for teachers in the modern world.

6 Secrets to Millennials’ Workplace Happiness

Tips employers can use to keep millennial workers happy and engaged.

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If you have millennials on your team, this is an article you should read.  And even if you don’t have a large number of millennials now, chances are in just a few years they could account for as much as 50% of your workforce.


Not surprisingly, pay-for-performance still plays an important role in employee motivation.  But so do flexibility and transparency.  All three have been relatively important for some time now, but what seems to have changed is the emphasis on giving back and contributing to social issues and the community. Having “fun” also makes the list!

Three Things that Actually Motivate Employees

Mastery, membership, and meaning are all more important than money.

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Some of us have the belief the money is a key workplace motivator.  Others fall on the side of work-life balance.  So you might be surprised to hear that neither of these tops the list of key motivators.


According to author Rosabeth Moss Kanter, there is strong evidence to suggest that mastery, membership, and meaning are key to driving employee motivation.


Employees need to be aligned to the company’s vision and feel that the work they are doing aggregates to a higher purpose.  They need to feel as though their individuality adds to the company’s community (think about the characters in your favorite TV show).  And finally, they need to feel that their talents can help shape their company’s future.

Summer Literacy: 7 Fun, Free, Easy & Semi-Hidden Ways to Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer…Don’t Put Reading on Summer Break, Too!

…growing readers one best practice at a time!

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Reading helps all of us in countless ways, from expanding our knowledge to broadening our creativity. Best of all, reading is not simply a one-time activity, but rather one that can be enjoyed for life.


Teaching our kids to read early is important, but making it habitual and something they crave is a game-changer.  Encouraging your kids to read need not be difficult.


I would encourage you to take a look at this piece from Jen Jones in “Hello Literacy” for yourself. Inside you will find 7 ways to improve your child’s literacy, and at the same time, grow their love of reading.

Talking About Failure: What Parents Can Do to Motivate Kids in School

When children view their abilities as something they can change over time, they’re more apt to deal well with challenges, researchers say. And what parents say

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I am a firm believer that setting realistic expectations at home, at work and in life represents one of the most important contributors to one’s happiness. Someone who sets their sights on being president or creating the next Facebook runs a high risk of falling short in their goal and feeling a sense of failure when it doesn’t come to fruition. That’s not to suggest that we shouldn’t set “stretch” goals – these can be very helpful and what drive innovation. But we must be careful to set expectations appropriately, especially with our kids.


How we as role models react to failure can have a significant influence on a child’s perception of themselves and their future growth. Read on to learn more about the importance of communication and the impact it might have in motivating your child.

How to Become the Most Valuable Player on Your Team

All the major sports leagues celebrate their best players. But what if there were a Most Valuable Player award for your team? Would you take home the prize?

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Most of our content is centered on motivating employees, so this week’s pick may come as a bit of a surprise.  It shouldn’t, though.  We know that leading by example is critical to managerial success, so we wanted to share content on how you can become a role model in your organization.


The author uses a metaphor of Baseball’s MVP Award to provide concrete recommendations for improving your own performance. Click to see the 7 ideas that author Michael Hyatt has shared.