Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
Aug08

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension...

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Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
Aug02

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   What has happened to our happiness levels in the last 50 years?   What does less stuff and less space equal?   What was...

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How to Live Before You Die, by Steve Jobs
Apr01

How to Live Before You Die, by Steve Jobs

Introduction This lesson is intended to last 60 minutes and would suit an upper-intermediate or advanced class. It can, however, be tailored for lower levels, and you can use material from the student page for extra activities to stretch the class to 90 minutes. Steve Jobs is a famous and interesting figure who inspires students, and so this lesson has a wide appeal and is a great opportunity to get students talking enthusiastically....

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