What College Students Really Want from their Professors

Professor College and StudentTwo things that college students want from their professors are not what you think they are. It’s not fun and games or straight A’s.

“What they really want is that their teachers challenge them and that they care about them.”

This is a great excerpt from Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and The Way to a Meaningful Life written by William Deresiewicz. This will encourage educators especially college professors to become an integral part of their student’s life.

For a college student, the task of getting a full time job or achieving goals in life is not exactly taught inside the classroom setting. It requires emotional and mental support from their professors allowing students to be themselves and getting assurance that they are on the right track.


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NASA Needs Your Help!

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Midwestern USA at Night with Aurora Borealis

Yes, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) needs your help. A recent report from CNN says, “Via The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, NASA is making available images ranging from the Mercury missions of the 1960s to photos recently snapped from the International Space Station.”

There are over 1.8 million photos in the directory, about 1.3 million were from the space station and 30% of them were taken at night.

NASA hopes that the images “could help save energy, contribute to better human health and safety and improve our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. But scientists need your help to make that happen.”

The images used to be blurry but now that the images are clear, NASA needs your help in identifying the l...

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Do Cool Stuff with your Photos using Big Huge Labs

Big Huge Labs puzzleLet’s do some cool stuff with your photos! Big Huge Labs is a fun website that allows you to take your usual photos to the next level. Just upload your photo and click!

Time travel and create vintage photo booth strips. Be a star! Make your own movie poster. Create jigsaw puzzles from your photographs. Make monthly calendars and so much more!

You can also make mosaics of your favorite photos or show off your latest projects. Give it a whirl, be as creative as you like and let your imagination run wild. Most importantly, have fun!

Are you an educator? You can also use Big Huge Labs in your classroom! Click here to find out how.

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Kids Can Make A Difference

KIDSKids Can Make a Difference (KIDS) is a program of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), a non-profit global network made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. KIDS is an educational program for middle- and high school students that focuses on opening the eyes of students about the reality of hunger and poverty. It discusses the root causes, the people affected, solutions and how students can help.

The program aims to empower students to collaborate with their teachers and stimulate them to take action as they begin to realize that no matter who and how young they are, they can make a difference in alleviating hunger and poverty.

The KIDS program is passionate about helping students get through the busy exterior that surrounds them in ...

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Classroom Behavior Issues? There’s an App for That.

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It’s called Class Dojo and teachers are raving about it.

Class Dojo, is a fun and effective way for teachers to easily monitor classroom behavior by awarding points or feedback. Most importantly, the app makes it easy for teachers to communicate with parents regarding their child’s behavior in class that day. It is often difficult for teachers to provide parents with as much feedback as they want to the conventional way. Class Dojo, however solves that problem.

Teachers can now easily record the students behavioral progress real time and send reports to parents on how their child performed that day. Parents can then access their child’s data and see how they did in class...

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Join the Global Read Aloud

gra_512Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. The Global Read Aloud creates collaboration through readings. The premise is simple: we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. The official start date for this project is October 6th, 2o14— visit Global Read Aloud for more information on proposed schedule and to sign up.

This year’s book choices are:

  1. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  2. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
  3. One For the Murphy’s by Lyndy Mullaly Hunt
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


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The Power of ‘Why’ in Children’s Lives



Newsweek ran an article last 2010 and it revealed, “Preschool children, on average, ask their parents about 100 questions a day.

So what’s with the “why?”…

Sure, the endless “why?” can rattle your nerves and drive you insane, but it is really a crucial part of your kid’s learning process. Most parents would just say, “because I said so” or “just because” shutting down the innate curiosity and wonder in their kids without knowing it.

Blogger Caz Makepeace from Kidspot.com.au shares how parents can articulate an equally mind-stimulating response to encourage creativity and reasoning in kids in finding answers on their own.

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Vision Boards for Kids

girls making vision boards


Riley Roam from Page Turner Adventures shares an inspiring story of her friend Susanne Ballard about her family’s annual New Year’s Day activity of making vision boards with her kids.

These creative boards are more achievable than New Year’s resolutions, simply because they tap into your dreams and aspirations as you make them.

The great writer William Arthur Ward puts it perfectly, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it!”

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it!

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5 Tips for Creating Vision Boards with Kids


Vision Board Tips from MamaMaryShow

Photo courtesy of MamaMaryShow


Here is a fun activity that you can do with the kids on a Saturday. Vision boards!

A vision board is a simple but powerful visualization tool that can give your kids (and you!) a sense of purpose in realizing their dreams. This activity will open your kids to a world of endless possibilities in their dreams and aspirations just by looking at their board.

Mary Burt-Godwin of The Mama Mary Show lists 5 great tips for creating a fun vision board that you can absolutely do with your kids.

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The Four Keys to Student Engagement

old-keys4By: Allison Zmuda and Robyn Jackson

This 90 minute webinar was designed with you in mind. Every educator wants to know how to get kids more excited, more motivated, more focused in their daily routines. As thought partners and friends, we tried to dig more deeply into the subject of engagement and how to unlock student potential through four keys:

Clarity. Context. Culture. Challenge. Click on the link: The Four Keys to Engagement to see each key and related questions. We then described what an engaged learner looked like as opposed to a compliant, dutiful learner. Click to see the 1 pager: Engaged or Compliant Learner 

Based on our ideas, we presented a session to over 400 educators two weeks ago discussing the “what” —secret to real student engagement...

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