Around the web this week: our top 5

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Not only does our team write engaging posts daily on a variety of subjects, we share amazing content from all over the web. Hey, that’s just what we do here at Brilliant or Insane.


Even though we share over 100 articles, pics and videos each week, we like to pick our top 5 posts from around the web. In case you missed any — we share here, on Twitter, on Facebook and on Google+ — following are the posts that people enjoyed most this week, based on page views, likes and retweets:

  1. The game of school, by Reed Gillespie — Since joining Brilliant or Insane, Reed has wowed our readers with insightful, edgy posts on hot-button education issues. This one was our number 1 post of the week.
  2. 10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say, — Jeff Haden articulates what’s wrong with these 10 phrases in another excellent article on one of our favorite sites.
  3. Five Career Mistakes You Might Not Know You’re Making, — Libby Kane sheds some light on a few surprising career mishaps.
  4. This TED Talk might just save your life, by Mark Barnes — Psychologist Kelly McGonigal shares some astonishing information about how we handle stress, and our readers loved it.
  5. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s overdose symptomatic of a larger problem, by Anna Turner — While the world mourned the loss of a fabulous actor, our Pop Culture blogger made sure we didn’t overlook the serious issue surrounding Hoffman’s death.
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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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