Legacy: writing for your children

What motivates people? This seems to be a trivial question, but the answers are often amazing. In this article, I will focus on some of my own motives for writing this blog and related materials. The reason is very simple: if any of these applies, you might want to use some of my tools. Secret …

Evolution, revolution and science

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Science works in mysterious ways. Since we read and write scientific publications, we at least hope that people will read and cite what we have to say. But will that really matter? Hard to say. For more reading check here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. The nature of scientific evolution There is a persistent …

Productivity for wisdom workers

To which extent can we optimize our life? What are the limiting factors and reasonable goals? Just how productive should we become? Here I will try to answer these questions. The goal of productivity What exactly is productivity? This question changes as our economy evolves and we undergo personal development.  I argue that a modern …

Gamifying learning activities

We want to gamify everything we do with our children. How can we do that? Probably no schoolbook has an adequate answer here.  I will share my experiences, and what I know. If you can share yours, please do. Octalysis The Octalysis Framework is a human-centric gamification design framework that lays out the eight core drives for …

Practice and boredom

Children need to practice and get bored. So do grown-ups like me. Now what? I will share some strategies that we implement at home. These strategies work. More reading here. Point system As grown-ups, we prefer to play computer games rather than work. Work tends to be boring. Even jobs that are relatively exciting, often …

Spending time with teenagers

Once we have teenage kids, we need to change the way we work with them. We can use more complex strategies, and the responses we get will be almost adult. At the same time, we still need to play with them, just using a different gaming environment. In this article, I talk from my personal …

Successful students organize notes

This looks like no brainer:  students should organize their notes.  Then why so few students effectively organize their notes? For several years I asked myself and my students. In this article, I will share what I found. For more reading, you can check the links here, here, here, here, here, and here. My own experience Before …

Independent children

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Just how independent should our children be? Ten generations ago they used to be extremely independent. From a young age, children worked to make money. They had to cook for themselves and other children. They invested in learning and walked miles to a school to learn how to read and write. I am talking about …

7 Tips to get a Teen Interested in Philosophy

I am not very successful in getting my kids interested in philosophy or history. Occasionally I am not sure why to bother. In this guest post, Carla Davis shares her perspective on the subject. 7 Tips to get a Teen Interested in Philosophy Philosophy is a Greek word, which means “love of wisdom.”  Philosophy is …

Brain gym controversy

We know that regular gyms work and hope that brain training apps also work. Experts are not so sure about it. I will try to present both sides of the controversy and add some practical tips. Today I invite you to read here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Brain gyms for the aging population …