About a week from now, I will make a phone call to London and place a large bet. In fact this bet will be, by far, the biggest bet I’ve ever placed — around $1,500.
There are only three rules: 1) I have to bet it all; 2) I can bet on any sport; 3) I’m …
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I love this video because it’s a time machine to a lost age of childhood. Here, we see hockey superstars Sidney Crosby and Max Talbot travel to the tiny Crosby family basement in Nova Scotia to do what Sidney spent much of his young life doing: shoot pucks into the Crosby family dryer. (Spoiler alert: …
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Question: What’s the most important part of a practice session?
Before you answer, consider the following story:
A few years ago, students at New Dorp School of Staten Island, NY, were struggling. Test scores were down, dropouts were up. School leaders tried a variety of methods — new technology, new teachers, new programs, you …
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Once upon a time, there was a soccer team. They were very small, and very young, and not very skilled. All the other teams were bigger and faster, and scored more goals.
A lot more goals.
Two hundred and seventy-one goals in one season, to be precise.
But here’s the mysterious and wonderful thing: the little team still …
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My friend John likes to wear pajama pants. I’m not talking just around his house, or in the morning. I’m talking all day long. At the grocery store. Driving carpool. I once saw him downhill skiing in pajama pants. What’s more, John is absolutely incredulous that the rest of us don’t do likewise.
“Why not?” he …
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I have to confess, I’ve watched this video five times and I’m still not sure what to think of it.
On one hand: these parents are completely nuts. Little dude is only seven months old! Why not wait until he’s shown an interest? Or at least until he can, you know, walk?
On the other: presuming it’s …
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I love this girl.
She’s six years old, her name is Dachiya Atkinson, and she can absolutely destroy a dance floor.
What I like even more is the space in which she’s developed her talent — which, as it happens, is the opposite of the way we teach most skills.
Let me explain. When it comes to teaching, …
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