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EP 142: Inspiring Social Justice Movements with “Rock Your World”

Episode description

Project-based learning is the innovative way to teach students by “doing” rather than “watching.” It’s an action-oriented pedagogy that has been receiving rave reviews for its potent ability to convey information and transfer a discrete set of skills. In sum, it is a way for students to “gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.” Take this amazing vehicle for learning and combine it with the goal to spread awareness about social justice issues, and you get Rock Your World.

According to the site’s Acting Director, Jessica Burnquist, Rock Your World is an innovative curriculum that pushes students to ask tough questions about the world. It gives students the power to acknowledge the political and social climates around them and determine what needs to be changed. Moreover, it is a movement that empowers students to both learn about human rights and influence the enforcement of these rights on a global scale.

The beauty of Rock Your World lies within its flexibility. Students are not only able to choose a cause that motivates them, but they can then pick a medium by which to deliver a message. Students in the past have created popular blogs, songs, and educational videos. Projects that are especially impactful and persuasive are often featured on the organization’s website, a bit of added incentive for motivated students seeking to spread a particular message. To learn more about Rock Your World, tune into the full episode! To check out the website, please go to http://www.rock-your-world.org/.

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July 26th, 2016

17:00

Huzefa shares and discusses and article from Edutopia about why the process of creation is so important to learning. Following on the heels of …

EP058: Makerspaces: an interactive approach to learning

July 25th, 2016

18:04

Huzefa explores the revolutionary and popular approach to learning called Makerspaces, a centralized location for students to collaborate, design, …

EP057: Singapore math – a superb elementary pedagogy

July 24th, 2016

23:07

Huzefa dives into an amazing methodology for math instruction called Singapore math. After using the curriculum himself for half a year and then …

EP056: TeacherCast’s Jeff Bradbury on technology and education

July 23rd, 2016

30:55

In this information packed episode, Huzefa is joined by education enthusiast and famed podcaster Jeffrey Bradbury, host of the top rated education …

EP055: ISEE vocabulary development

July 22nd, 2016

36:37

Vocabulary is a major component of the ISEE, and in particular is tested directly on the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. In this episode, …

EP054: Birth of a theorem: part 1

July 21st, 2016

21:58

This episode explores the Fields Medal, a prize that has been dubbed the Nobel Prize of mathematics. In particular, Huzefa discusses a recently …

EP053: The science of faster learning

July 20th, 2016

20:26

Huzefa parses and analyzes an amazing article by Zane Claes, author the Skill Cook Book blog and software engineer at Airbnb. Zane reviews a number …

EP052: 6 core tips for law school success

July 19th, 2016

19:51

While in the midst of lecturing for a Law Preview course, Huzefa offers his 6 tips on how to suceed during the first year of law school. Drawing from …

EP051: Fashion and mathematics: sitting down with interim CEO of Gilt Group Japan

July 18th, 2016

30:08

Huzefa is joined by Jonathan Venuto, the COO and interim CEO of Gilt Japan. Jonathan describes his career path after Harvard Business School, …

EP050: Mistakes are great! 7 reasons why you should embrace them

July 17th, 2016

24:10

In this episode, Huzefa discusses precisely why we have a cultural aversion to making mistakes that can be unintentionally restrictive and mentally …

EP049: A cup of English

July 16th, 2016

31:20

This episode features the Anna Riggan, the creator of the top rated education podcast “A cup of English.” Anna is a former high school and college …

EP048: Math jeopardy! An interactive experience

July 15th, 2016

23:50

While teaching math to a 4th grade class, Huzefa decided to use the Jeopardy game to excite his kids and engender a bit of enthusiasm about math. What he saw was astounding. The kids were extremely engaged during the …

EP047: 31 Must know formulas for the ACT

July 14th, 2016

23:16

There are a number of formulas that are absolutely essential to success on the math portion of the ACT. It is, however, not only important to …

EP046: Flocabulary – learning with music

July 13th, 2016

33:49

This episode features Ike Ramos from the revolutionary education company Flocabulary. Ike Ramos is both a District Sales Manager and Artist at …

Ep045: Why student blogging matters

July 12th, 2016

18:01

Student blogging is a widespread trend in schools across America. It is a fantastic way for kids to get more engaged in the writing process as well …

EP044: 7 reasons why schools reject applicants

July 11th, 2016

13:12

Join Huzefa as he discusses the top 7 reasons why schools will reject applicants. This discussion has relevance to students applying to private …

EP043: 8 reasons why water is important

July 10th, 2016

13:32

Huzefa discusses the importance of drinking plenty of water each day, and moreover, the dangers of being dehydrated. Huzefa also shares precisely how …

EP042: Is coffee good for studying?

July 9th, 2016

19:32

After taking a break from coffee himself, Huzefa shares his thoughts along with two articles on the pros and cons of coffee. One article espouses 7 benefits of drinking coffee, while the other provides 10 negative …

EP041: Gamification: pros and cons

July 8th, 2016

22:25

Huzefa discusses the new trend of the gamification of education across all subjects and topics. He shares from several articles on edublogger to provide a thorough and well rounded perspective about the pros and cons of …

EP040: Magoosh on the new SAT

July 7th, 2016

27:46

Huzefa is joined by Chris Lele, a GRE and SAT expert for the revolutionary standardized test prep company called Magoosh. Chris discusses all of the …

EP039: Poker and mathematics

July 6th, 2016

19:33

Huzefa is joined by Tsubasa Manabe, a former professional poker player who has been in some of the highest stakes online poker games in the history of the sport. Tsubasa shares his journey into the poker world as well …

EP038: 6 tips for low GPAs

July 5th, 2016

19:00

Huzefa shares an article from Magoosh on how to boost a high school student’s chances for college admission when dealing with a low GPA. He discusses …

EP037: The ISEE: FAQs

July 4th, 2016

22:13

In this episode, Huzefa explains the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) and talks about how you can register, what it costs, and what to expect …

EP036: What is IQ?

July 3rd, 2016

30:30

Join Huzefa as he explains precisely what IQ, or intelligence quotient, actually measures and why it’s an effective predictor for academic and economic success. Finally, Huzefa goes through the 10 people alive today …

EP035: How to build a child’s vocabulary

July 2nd, 2016

22:21

Vocabulary is important for reading, writing, and standardized test prep. When viewed the right way, it can be a fun and engaging activity. Join …

EP034: The Monty Hall problem

July 1st, 2016

16:10

The Monty Hall problem is a famous paradoxical question that references the popular gameshow called “Let’s Make a Deal.” It has been the subject of …

EP033: 10 awesome apps for math fluency

June 30th, 2016

15:37

Huzefa shares 10 apps to help kids grow their math fluency in a fun way. Monica Burns, founder of ClassTechTips.com, has written an excellent article on the topic that Huzefa parses on the show. Check out these …

EP032: The value of continued education for adults and kids

June 29th, 2016

23:42

Jane Davidson, founder of “How Do I Begin,” joins the show to discuss her adult education focused company. Jane is dedicated to bringing information …

EP031: Tackling tough math questions

June 28th, 2016

23:05

So what do you do when panic strikes and your mind draws a blank? How do you re-center yourself and charge forward with ferocity and confidence? What you do is this: write everything down from the problem. This is the …

EP030: The power of willpower

June 27th, 2016

18:22

So how can willpower be developed? How can students engineer a perfect level of self-control and discipline? Just like actual muscle fibers, …

EP029 : 35 websites for free educational videos

June 26th, 2016

15:01

EP028: Piloting and mathematics

June 25th, 2016

23:41

Huzefa is joined by Gabriel, a pilot for a major commercial airline. Gabriel explains why math is so important for his day to day work as will as his future ambition to become a commercial astronaut.

EP027: Time management for young kids

June 24th, 2016

15:25

In this episode, Huzefa offers five tips to help teach young kids how to manage time effectively. Admittedly, time management gets easier with age, but there are concrete steps that parents can take to help young kids …

EP026: Mechanical engineering and mathematics

June 23rd, 2016

21:06

On this special episode, Huzefa is joined by his dad to talk about mechanical engineering and its strong connection with math. If your child has an interest in engineering, this is an information packed episode.

EP025: Project based learning

June 22nd, 2016

25:43

Andrew K Miller joins the show to talk about project based learning, a revolutionary pedagogy that puts projects and inquiry based learning at the …

EP024: Music and academics

June 21st, 2016

14:58

Music and academics go hand in hand. Join Huzefa for this episode as he explains precisely why music education is a key part of a well rounded education, and moreover, how music immersion can shape brain structure for …

EP023: Athletics and academics

June 20th, 2016

21:03

Athletic participation can have a huge positive impact on academic performance. Huzefa parses precisely why athletics are so good for academic participation, and moreover, how to be supportive regarding athletics. …

EP022: Top 10 math resources to inspire young minds

June 19th, 2016

16:01

In this episode, Huzefa describes 10 awesome resources that are intended to get your kids excited about math. The resources are all free, and will …

EP021: Taking the new SAT – my personal experience taking the SAT on May 6, 2016

June 18th, 2016

21:10

In order to get an authentic and sincere feel for the revamped and redesigned SAT, I personally took a real life SAT in May of 2016. To hear about my experience with the test (as well as to hear my score), check out …

EP020: Wired Child – the potential perils of video games

June 17th, 2016

47:54

Dr. Richard Freed, author of the book “Wired Child,” joins the show to discuss his concerns regarding video game use for young children. Dr. Freed …

EP019: Corporate law and mathematics: how math ties into the management of mergers and acquisitions

June 16th, 2016

22:43

Northwestern University School of Law graduate Michael Saliba joins the show to discuss his career as a corporate attorney. Michael explains how he …

EP018: Product development and mathematics: Samir Kumar, senior director of product management at Qualcomm, discusses life on the job and the various ways that math is used

June 15th, 2016

26:28

Samir has worked in the technology sector since 2000, when he was employed by Microsoft as a technology specialist. Since then, he has worked for …

EP017: Arbitrage trading and mathematics: former trader Jasper Ribbers discusses the ins and outs of arbitrage trading and the requisite math

June 14th, 2016

22:40

If the idea of trading commodities and currencies interests you, check out this episode. Former arbitrage trade Jasper Ribbers describes the life of a trader after working for one of the best trading firms in the world …

EP016: The habit of reading: why it’s important and how to develop it

June 13th, 2016

18:46

Of all the important academic exercises, none are as critical to your success as routine reading. Throughout your education, teachers will assign mounds of textbook reading in social studies, English, the sciences, and …

EP015: ACT math – hear the frequency based breakdown of 31 math categories tested on the ACT

June 12th, 2016

26:40

After researching and analyzing dozens of official ACT tests, Huzefa developed a test preparation strategy revolving around targeted focus of …

EP014: Data science and mathematics: data scientist Dr. Michael Housman explains why math is integral to data analysis and interpretation

June 11th, 2016

29:35

If you enjoy books like Freakonomics, this episode is for you! Dr. Michael Housman joins the show to discuss his work in the data science industry, and how he has made astonishing discoveries about human behavior by …

EP013: Teaching young kids: 5 tips to keep elementary school children engaged and enthusiastic

June 10th, 2016

17:40

Teaching high school students is very straightforward. Kids in their mid to late teens are often focused and self-motivated to learn and perform. …

EP012: Construction and mathematics: hear the owner of Valdivia Construction talk about math in the workplace

June 9th, 2016

33:46

Working in the construction industry requires a lot of foresight, hands on knowledge, and most importantly, math fluency. Timothy Bemus, co-owner of Valdivia Construction, explains precisely why fractions, arithmetic, …

EP011: Finding an ideal math tutor: 6 things to consider

June 8th, 2016

27:24

Finding an excellent tutor can make a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to succeed academically. Parsing material after school with a guiding …

EP010: The new SAT – understand the ins and outs of the redesigned math section

June 7th, 2016

28:17

The College Board recently redesigned the SAT from top to bottom. After analyzing the test in great detail, I will share the major changes to the …

EP009: Teach your kids effectively: 7 tips for parents trying to help with homework

June 6th, 2016

25:07

Asking parents for help can be a difficult undertaking for kids. It can make them feel embarassed or unsuccessful, and these feelings can be …

EP008: Identifying your child’s learning style to enhance comprehension

June 5th, 2016

27:39

There are seven distinct learning styles to be aware of: (1) interpersonal, (2) intrapersonal, (3) verbal, (4) logical, (5) visual, (6) auditory, and (7) kinesthetic. Math comprehension can vary wildly depending on …

EP007: The night before a big test: how to calm your mind and optimize your performance

June 4th, 2016

24:42

Hear Huzefa’s play by play for the night before a big test like the SAT, ACT, LSAT, and so on. He covers everything from what you should eat, what …

EP006: Grammar and writing tools: Alex Munchak of Edge Tutoring shares her recommendations

June 3rd, 2016

21:50

Alex Munchak, a teacher, private tutor, and education enthusiast joins the show to give parents and teachers alike amazing information on the best …

EP005: Video games and mathematics: an interview with the founder of Activision, Howard Marks

June 2nd, 2016

25:14

Learn how mathematics is intricately connected to video game design and development. Howard Marks, the founder of Activision, joins the show to talk about why math knowledge is so fundamental to building video games. …

EP004: Math anxiety: what it is and how to overcome it

June 1st, 2016

24:26

While it may sound bizarre and made up, math anxiety is an actual condition that is quite common amongst students. It is similar to other sorts of anxiety or fear a person might encounter when doing something that is …

EP003: Succeeding with dyslexia: a student’s perspective

June 1st, 2016

21:42

Join Huzefa as he chats with Aris, one of his most dedicated pupils from Northern California. Aris candidly discusses his journey as a student with dyslexia, explaining how he eventually overcame his learning difference …

EP002: The Importance of Mental Math

June 1st, 2016

23:08

Need to carry out some quick arithmetic to figure out how much money you owe your buddy? Pull out your phone and type away. It’s that simple. So why …

EP001: Meet Huzefa, the founder of Scalar Learning

June 1st, 2016

19:12

Huzefa is the founder of Scalar Learning. He is an education specialist, an online curriculum developer, a teacher, and a private tutor.

After high …

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