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Decisions, decisions… we make them all day, every day. Did you ever notice that we can often tell as much about a person by the way she makes decisions than by what she decides? According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, we all fall into one of two camps: Thinking (T) types make decisions based on objective facts, logic, and reason, while Feeling (F) types are guided more by personal concerns, values, and relationships.   Thinking people make decisions with their heads, not their hearts. Relying heavily on logic elementary principles, Thinkers like to weigh pros and cons without allowing personal issues to influence the decision making process. Thinking types prefer fact-based, objective instruction with clear course objectives. Seek out logical reasons to engage in learning Be diplomatic with teachers and peers so as to avoid misunderstandings Before you challenge an idea, be sure to consider all possibilities   Feeling people…

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Sports coaches seem to know a lot more about planning for success than the rest of us. How else could you explain their nearly universal success at getting teens to prepare diligently every day for months in advance for a test that might not ever even take place? Most teachers would sacrifice a month of summer for that level of commitment from their students, right? (OK, maybe a week of summer at most…) Athletic coaches, aided of course by the allure of American sports culture, tend to be excellent at eliciting the behaviors required for incremental improvement over time. We can credit a collective acceptance of the aphorism, “You play like you practice,” but should also look beyond that to understand why teen athletes are willing to do whatever it takes to be ready on game day: everyone understands that you cannot become an elite athlete overnight. Well before a…

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Most adult music lovers have heard of John Cage, the pioneering American composer. But even if you don’t know anything about Cage’s copious musical contributions, you can learn from this avant garde influencer’s impact on education. Sister Corita Kent, a personal friend of Cage, credits him with inspiring a list of rules for both teachers and students that has, in turn, inspired very many others. Education, like all other arts, is a process that demands the best work of its collaborators to produce the finest results. Whether you are a student or a teacher (or more likely both), consider applying these clear rules to your craft:   RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while. RULE TWO: General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students. RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher: Pull…

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What’s going down for the college-bound? Well, if you are a matriculating college student, you’re probably already on campus. If you’re in the high school class of 2015, you’re probably working on your college application essay, right? Everyone else is preparing for a better academic year than the one that now lingers in our memory through a haze of BBQ smoke and sun block! We see a litany of lists ranking the top colleges by any number of metrics. But how many critics have the courage to identify The 35 WORST Colleges In America PERIOD When You Consider Absolutely Everything That Matters? Here are the top (bottom) 10, but read the article for the full list and fine print: And what can any high student work on right now for greater college readiness? Our wise friends at NextStepU suggest keeping your mind on your money. Here is just one money…

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Every waking moment of the day, particularly at school, we are bombarded by information. To make sense of this storm of stimuli, each of us creates filters, protocols by which we prioritize what type of information we prefer to focus on. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator splits us into two groups: Sensing people tend to pay attention to what their five senses tell them, while Intuitive types focus on underlying patterns. Sensing types draw upon common sense and direct experience to deal with problems. They are most concerned with the present moment and that which is palpable, concrete, and real. Often detail-oriented and rule-focused, Sensors prefer to understand concepts at the smallest level of understanding, then expand into a bigger picture. Sensing types prefer to learn a new task by being shown how to do it. Break down new material step by step Think of real life examples of abstract concepts…

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You have probably heard the terms “extrovert” and “introvert.” According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the difference between extraversion (yes, the word is spelled this way in the MBTI) and introversion is the attitude people use to direct their energy. All of us have traits of each, but tend to rely on one more heavily than the other. Extraverts draw their energy from the external world. You know the type: outgoing, life-of-the-party, gregarious, can carry on conversations with anyone about a multitude of topics. The process of interacting with others and engaging with the world energizes the extrovert. As you’d expect, Extraverts prefer active learning and engaging with others: Study in groups where you can bounce ideas off of others Choose learning partners who are motivated to stay on task Employ active listening and reading practices   Introverts, on the other hand, draw their energy from their internal worlds of…

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