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


EP095: Design thinking - a new approach to learning and doing

After completing an amazing workshop about Design Thinking, Huzefa shares everything he learned about this practical and immersive pedagogy. Join Huzefa to hear all about Design Thinking so that you can modify the way you interact and engage with your kids to foster learning.

To check out the article mentioned, go to http://www.stanforddaily.com/what-is-design-thinking/


EP094: The future of education according to the experts

The world of education experts share their thoughts on what a utopian education system of the future should look like. As Huzefa shares information from this article from the Atlantic along with his own insights, try and glean information and advice that can be applied to your child's education and emotional development.

To check out the article, go to http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/08/what-students-should-know/497927/


EP093: Fantasy Geopolitics: forget the football, let's start learning

What began as a teacher's pet project morphed into a successful Kickstarter campaign and eventually an incredible teaching tool. You ever notice how much you learn about football while playing Fantasy Football? One teacher did, and subsequently endeavored to create a fantasy platform to encourage the learning of geography and politics. Join Huzefa as he shares information about FANschool, an innovative and fun way to learn about the world.

To check out the article, go to https://www.engadget.com/2015/09/04/fantasy-sports-in-schools/


EP092: 15 brainy board games to stimulate memory and cognition

Courtesy of lifehack.org, Huzefa shares an awesome list of socially engaging and mentally stimulating board games. If you're looking for an alternative to video games that is both educational and fun, you definitely need to check out this episode. Get the full list of amazing games along with Huzefa's personal recommendations.

To check out the article, go to http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/15-fun-board-games-that-exercise-your-brain-and-make-you-smarter.html


EP091: Three areas where schools fail and how to help your kids

Huzefa shares an article from Psychology Today on three areas of education that schools often have difficulty with: bullying, emotional learning, and life skills. Hear the recommendations from this article along with Huzefa's insights on these topics.

To check out the article, go to https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creative-development/201608/how-schools-sometimes-fail-our-children


EP090: Pokemon Go! Should your kids be playing?

Huzefa takes a look at the fad that has swept the world: Pokemon Go! After checking out the game himself and researching the issue robustly, Huzefa offers his opinion on the game and let's parents know that he's not a huge proponent of the game.