Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking (Video)

A wonderfully insightful talk by musician Amanda Palmer where she speaks about the importance and effectiveness of asking for help. She mentions the usual psychological obstacles which might prevent persons from asking for aid, such as fear, shame or even a misguided sense of fairness. Rather than simply demanding that her fans pay for her music, Palmer highlights the value of connecting with people, trusting them and allowing them to support their passions.

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How to Motivate Middle School Students

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Teaching middle school students is no easy feat. These kids at an age where they want their independence but they’re still too immature to be left alone entirely. They need a lot of guidance in order to succeed. Plus, since they’re dealing with the pressures of growing up and the hormones that come with it, they tend to get emotional and their moods are hard to manage. Therefore, it’s extremely important for teachers to learn the tricks that work for motivating these socially and biologically flustered young minds. Continue reading

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