Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why

Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why

Drawing from important current educational research, Paul Tough’s new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, highlights the essentials for effective teaching today. With a growing number of students coming to school having experienced various levels of...
The Easiest Way I Know How to Get Better Sleep

The Easiest Way I Know How to Get Better Sleep

I was an insomniac for decades. I’d listen to others getting sleep in nearby rooms as I lay staring at the dark ceiling, talking and singing to myself, tossing and turning. I generally felt discomfort in my skin as I lay there growing more concerned that there...
Be Cynical Sometimes! It’s Okay…Here’s Why

Be Cynical Sometimes! It’s Okay…Here’s Why

Scientific research validates yet another of my tendencies: I like to protect myself by preparing for the worst-case scenario. Unlike idealists, I imagine, I tend to expect that what can go wrong, will. I travel frequently, for example, and between the cab rides, the...
Don't Worry, Be Grumpy

Don't Worry, Be Grumpy

I mean it. Be grumpy. Be lazy. Be negative. Be all that you are and know that all of what we are in any given moment is part of what it means to be alive, to be real, and to tell the truth. Welcome to the human race, or more accurately, welcome to our unique clan. We...