EP103: An entrepreneurial activity blueprint for parents

In this episode, Huzefa shares an awesome article from PBS.org about a father's journey to develop an amazing activity for his two daughters who yearn to start a business knitting scarves for dolls.

To check out the article, go to http://www.pbs.org/parents/adventures-in-learning/2016/06/small-business-startup-activity/

EP102: 7 reasons why martial arts is amazing for kids

Schools constantly talk about the importance of exercise and physical activity. Unfortunately, some kids aren't that into team sports. For those children that don't like prototypical sports, martial arts is an amazing way to get excercise and gain amazing mental focus. Tune into this episode to hear precisely why participation in martial arts can be so rewarding.

To check out the article, go to http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/7-reasons-why-your-child-should-practice-martial-arts

EP101: Socratic: homework done in a snap

Huzefa interviews Chris Pedregal, founder of the education company Socratic. After appearing on the Forbes 30 under 30 for pioneers in education, Chris' revolutionary company is changing the face of education. Hear about this amazing app and how it helps students learn chemistry using a confluence of artificial intelligence and open source feedback from educators around the world.

To check out the company website, go to www.socratic.org
Download the FREE app in the app store today!

EP100: 4 childhood lessons to unlearn

In this episode, Huzefa dives into the following four lessons that are worthwhile to unlearn: (1) filter what you say, (2) follow orders without question, (3) don’t quit things because you don’t like them, and (4) you have to be good at many different things. Tune in to hear Huzefa's take on each one.

EP099: 11 amazing books on writing

Writing is one of the most important skills that must be mastered in life. No matter what you do professionally, you must learn to write clearly and effectively. In this episode, Huzefa shares a list of 11 amazing books on the craft of writing, courtesy of famed author Jerry Jenkins, so that your child can make the leap from good to great as a developing writer.

To check out Jerry's article, go to http://www.jerryjenkins.com/best-books-on-writing/

EP098: How standardized tests hurt education

Although Huzefa spends a great deal of time training students to succeed on standardized tests like the ISEE, SAT, ACT, and a host of others, he takes a step back this episode to assess whether standardized tests hurt the education system. Huzefa shares an article from Fairtest.org to get a better grip on the topic, and shares his insights along the way with respect to these tests.

To check out the article, go to http://www.fairtest.org/reports-high-stakes-testing-hurts-education

EP097: GMAT vs GRE - what should you take for an MBA

MBA programs have started to take GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores. This change begs the following question: should you take the GRE, GMAT, or both? In this episode, Huzefa analyzes both tests and provides guidelines and principles to follow when trying to figure out which test is best for you.

To check out Magoosh's article on the topic, go to http://magoosh.com/gre/2014/gre-vs-gmat/

EP096: 19 questions parents should ask their children's teachers

As the school year gets underway, Huzefa shares 19 thought provoking and conversation sparking questions for parents to get more involved in their children's education.

1. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?
2. How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
3. What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year?
4. Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
5. How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
6. How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
7. How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
8. What can I do to support literacy in my home?
9. What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
10. How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom? In the school?
11. How do you measure academic progress?
12. What are the most common instructional or literacy strategies you will use this year?
13. What learning models do you use (e.g., project-based learning, mobile learning, game-based learning, etc.), and what do you see as the primary benefits of that approach?
14. What are the best school or district resources that we should consider using as a family to support our child in the classroom?
15. Is there technology you'd recommend that can help support my child in self-directed learning?
16. What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress in your classroom?
17. How is education changing?
18. How do you see the role of the teacher in the learning process?
19. What am I not asking but should be?

To check out the original article, go to http://www.edutopia.org/blog/19-questions-for-parents-terry-heick