Showing posts from September, 2012

Working in Pajamas

People who work from home don't get much done, right? Wrong! According to a recent study conducted by Stanford University if you are a person working on the kitchen table wearing your pajamas you're a more productive worker. Seems counter intuitive, doesn't it? I mean if I could stay at home all day and wander from the computer to the fridge to the computer to the television to the mailbox to the laundry room, well you get the idea. Ctrip, a Chinese travel agency, agreed to be the guinea pig for a work-at-home study and during the 9-month period found: > A 12 percent increase in productivity for the at-home workers. Of that increase, 8.5 percent came from working more hours (due to shorter breaks and fewer sick days) and 3.5 percent came from more performance per minute. The researchers speculate this was due to quieter working conditions. > A 50 percent decrease in attrition among the work-from-home group. > Substantially higher work satisf

Books About America's Colleges

15 Books That Take American Eduction to Task is a post that at first glance is a bit depressing. For you education majors, some of these books may help with research into K-12 practices. Let's take a look at the books devoted to college, they have some useful things to say about what you are doing right now! No. 5 Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa: Even with ever-higher tuition, more students are heading to college than ever before, but are they really getting the education they’re paying for? Sociology professors Richard Arum and Josipa Roska don’t think so. They have research that points to some disturbing trends in higher ed, including a study which found that 45% of students showed no improvement in key skills, including critical thinking and writing, between their first semester and the end of their second year. They believe that the current culture at most colleges doesn’t adequately value education, preferr