Monthly Archives: August 2008

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How to Handle a Dysfunctional Staff Colleague

I’ve had a string of conversations recently with supervisors related to troubling staff. Few things seem as frustrating as working with underfunctioning or incompetent staff persons. Ironically, the overwhelming feeling by supervisors is one of powerlessness in the face of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Exploring the History and Philosophy of C.E., by Anthony and Benson

It is always gratifying to see attention paid to the perennial ideas and ideals, the importance of understanding the events and lessons of history, and to the appreciation of the classics in any educational enterprise. Perhaps more so today, it … Continue reading

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Fact and Fiction: Cinderella, Squirrel Fur, and Causality

The following is from the book Myths: Fact and Fiction about Teaching and Learning by Israel Galindo. How well do you know fact from fiction? Fiction: In the beloved fairy tale, Cinderella wore glass slippers to the ball at the … Continue reading

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Brain Week: Biology of the soul

The final entry for ”Brain Week” is a video of a 2007 roundtable discussion on the topic of “Mind, Brain, and Spirituality: Toward a Biology of the Soul” featuring Martin Bergmann, Siri Hustvedt, Jaak Panksepp, David Pincus, and theolgianThandeka. Please … Continue reading

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Brain Week: The secret life of the brain

Today’s “Brain Week” feature is a link to the website of the PBS series, “The Secret Life of the Brain.” The series originally aired in 2002. The website includes a summary of the five episodes which take a developmental view: … Continue reading

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Brain Week: How Your Mind Works

Today’s “Brain Week” feature is from the New York Review of Books. The June 26, 2008 issue featured a review of seven current works on the brain. Click on the link to see the reviews by Israel Rosenfield and Edward … Continue reading

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Brain Week: Sleep on it

This is “Brain Week” on the GRACE writes blog. This week we’ll feature items related to the brain, the mind, and learning. Today’s entry features an article by Robert Stickgold and Jeffrey Elenbogen, “Sleep on It: Snoozing Makes Your Smarter” … Continue reading

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