Need a Productivity Boost? Pull up Some Cute Puppy and Kitten Pictures

Need a Productivity Boost? Pull up Some Cute Puppy and Kitten Pictures

Have you ever observed a young child practicing while angry about having to practice? Or tried practicing yourself when grouchy? It’s not realistic to expect that we can always be in a great mood when it’s time to practice, but I remember a number of occasions when I was probably just wasting my time going through the motions while quietly stewing on the injustice of having to practice while the other neighbor kids were outside having fun. Which makes me wonder - is there a such a thing as a…


How Important Is It to Perform a New Skill Perfectly From Day 1?

How Important Is It to Perform a New Skill Without Errors From Day 1?

It seems like I’m always pushing my kids slightly outside their comfort zone, and trying to get them to do something new. So recently, I figured it might be good for me to model some of this myself by taking up a new sport. The experience has given me a lot more empathy for what my kids must go through. Because I had completely forgotten what it feels like to be a beginner, with the constant confuzzlement and overwhelm that comes with learning something totally foreign. And a lot of it has…


Do Musicians Perform Better with Eyes Open? Or Closed?

Audio version Have you ever had one of those strange out-of-body moments during a performance, where you suddenly realize where you are, what you’re doing, and you kind of marvel at it all? Where you see your fingers flying around all over the place, and think to yourself “Gee, look at my fingers go. They’re moving awfully fast. Hmm...are they going to be able to keep that up?” Or maybe you've had one of those days when eyes start wandering into the…


Want to Help Students Remember More of What You Worked on in Their Lesson? Try This Learning Hack.

Want to Help Students Remember More From Each Lesson? Try This Learning Hack.

Audio version Geno Auriemma is head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, where he has guided his teams to 11 national championships, the two longest winning streaks in college basketball history (most recently, a 111-win streak spanning three seasons), and hasn’t had a season with double-digit losses since before most current college students were even born. To provide a bit of perspective, consider that the reigning NBA champion…