If you haven’t yet brought a llama to join your Zoom meetings, you’re missing out. The last year of living on Zoom has taught us that not all experiences are created equally. (Note: many organizations pay more in monthly Zoom fees than the $1,468 average monthly rent in America.) In the design world, we say that “constraints increase creativity,” and virtual has become the new palette of experimentation to foster

When I was teaching at SAR High School, I would occasionally conduct a thought experiment with my students. I asked them to think about all the incredible educational activities and programs we ran and arrange them in order of importance to the institution’s educational goals. Invariably, most of the students would suggest things like Tefillah (prayer), Torah study, Israel education and general academics. They would make their case for why

As far as I know, no one has studied this systematically, but over the last 15 years or so I’ve been asking American and Canadian adults and children (separately) to tell me what they’d say the opposite of play is. It saddens me to no end to report that the majority of adults respond reflexively, with, you probably guessed it: “work.” Indeed, many organizational leaders tend to think of play

“23/7? I really have to lay face down on a massage table 55 minutes out of every hour, all day and night?” These are the questions I was asking my surgeon the day before he performed emergency surgery on my right eye. It was the end of summer 2020 and besides having been sheltering in place for the past six months, my retina had just detached out of nowhere. “But

This article almost didn’t happen. Right as I was sitting down to write it, another winter storm was approaching and snow flurries began to fall. My kids, normally eager to snuggle up under a blanket and watch Netflix, asked if we could go sledding. And while everything inside me wanted to say, “I don’t have time for that.” I decided to say, “Why not? Let’s go play.” Many experts have

You surely remember this familiar scenario: A fifth-grade math teacher starts a lesson by writing a few math problems on the blackboard and then solves them by himself explaining the steps he takes. Sometimes he calls one of the students to come over and try to solve the problem (while the rest of the students watch in boredom or fearing they will be called next). That situation does not encourage

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