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Dara Feldman, in her inspiring new book, The Heart of Education , makes a strong point that every child — indeed, every person — is endowed with the capacity to live a happy, principled life. What is needed is some direction and support to make this happen, and the start of school is an ideal time to set this in motion.

Feldman’s book draws on her career as an award-winning educator (and is a natural complement to Rachael Kessler’s The Soul of Education ). Feldman is guided by the work of The Virtues Project with which she is affiliated, and her book illuminates the principles believed essential for virtuous learning in schools.

Framing Goals

With all that is being written now about “mindset,” it is an excellent idea to begin school by having our students set positive goals. One way to frame those goals, Feldman notes, is as virtues. Here is a procedure you can use in your middle-upper elementary school classes and beyond (with appropriate developmental modifications), to get your students started in the right direction (more details can be found in chapter four of Feldman’s book).

Step 1: Let your students know that at the start of the school year, it’s important to set goals. Ask, What are some things you want to have happen over the course of this year at school?

Step 2: It’s also important to set goals for ourselves, to become better as individuals. This is known as improving our character. We all have the ability to act in what can be referred to as “virtuous ways.” Acting in these ways most of the time is good for us and good for those around us. Here is a list of 12 “virtues” (at this point, you can choose to discuss each one, ask students to add to the list, etc., as your time and interest allow): caring, confidence, kindness, courage, perseverance, courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, responsibility, generosity, and truthfulness.

Step 3: Have students pair up and interview each other (outline to follow).

Step 4: Make a list of the student pairs and the virtues they are working on. You may choose to share these with your class or not.

Step 5: At the end of each week, have the pair check in with one-another about how they are progressing on their chosen virtue. Encourage them to problem solve any difficulties. Consider having them join with other pairs working on one of the same virtues to expand the problem-solving pool. You can also assist as needed.

Step 6: At the end of each marking period, encourage students to self-evaluate their progress on enacting their virtue, seek feedback from their partner, you can provide feedback as well. Perhaps this can be integrated into the report card process.

Step 7: Provide direction for the next marking period. You can change pairs, allow for additional virtues to be adopted, or other creative adaptations that might occur to you.

Student Interview Outline

Adapt to your students’ ages and circumstances; you may have to explain about the importance of trust in sharing this information in class. Here are steps for students interviewing each other:

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10 Favorite Writers For Middle School Students

These authors are consistent top picks of middle school students and may help inspire a lasting love of reading.

Books have the power to show early adolescent readers that they’re not alone in their feelings and circumstances, provide positive examples for how readers can speak up for themselves and others, offer understanding of those who are different from them, provide insight into real-world situations, and serve as a mental health break and escape from the real world.

Throughout my career, however, I’ve heard from teachers and parents that middle school kids just don’t enjoy reading. There’s a consistent theme that even students who loved reading in elementary school no longer read for fun as they move through the middle grades. Middle school students, however, do enjoy reading if they’re given books that interest them, that they connect to, and that are on their reading level.

There are many authors writing for middle-grade students who truly understand and capture the essence of what it is to be in middle school today. Introducing these authors and their work to students can reinvigorate students’ joy in reading and inspire them to read through series or authors’ collections. Here are 10 that are consistent favorites with my students.

1. Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft’s New Kid graphic novel trilogy expertly captures the unique and often overwhelming experience of navigating middle school, especially when you’re the new kid. The graphic novel format of his books captures the readers’ attention and keeps them engaged throughout the trilogy.

His books, which include a diverse cast of characters that reflect the authentic complexity of middle school kids, not only are entertaining but also tackle important issues that impact students in our world today.

2. Barbara Dee

Each of Barbara Dee’s books engages readers by developing characters and plots and embodying the honest and authentic middle school feelings and experiences. If students read one of her books, they almost always read multiple, and the most common reason is that they identify with the characters.

All her books are fantastic, but a consistent favorite is Maybe He Just Likes You. This book empowers readers to speak up, gives them language to describe sexual harassment, and shows why it’s important to talk to a trusted adult.

3. Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds’s range of books allows students to grow up with his writing, from books perfect for late elementary school to traditional middle grades and then more complex young adult novels.

Students enjoy the complexity and authenticity of his books. He also offers a range of styles: graphic novels, verse, fiction, nonfiction, and more. Recently students have enjoyed reading Long Way Down, both the narrative verse novel and the graphic novel version of the story.

4. Kelly Yang

Yang uses her own experiences to shape stories that resonate with students by showing vulnerability, addressing complex issues, and providing hope. Her new book, Finally Seen, has become a fast favorite with students, and they continue to love all of the Front Desk series. 

5. Jasmine Warga

Jasmine Warga’s middle-grade novels are beautiful and complex, explore the power of friendship, and use lyrical verse to capture the reader’s attention. Her books are all very different, but her voice shines in each of them.

Warga’s most recent book, A Rover’s Story, is unique and was an instant hit for many students. It combines science, magic, friendship, and resilience, and can be read by younger readers at a surface level or more deeply explored for themes by older students.

6. Alan Gratz

Students who enjoy historical fiction, and even many who don’t usually like it, love Alan Gratz’s books. He takes actual historical events and accounts and builds fictional stories that capture the human impact of these events on adolescent children.

Students enjoy reading about these events through the eyes of someone their age, and the books often motivate students to research and learn about that historical event and time. Two consistent favorites are Ground Zero and Refugee. He also recently published a graphic novel, Captain America: The Ghost Army, which students love.

7. Raina Telgemeier

Older elementary and younger middle-grade students can’t get enough of Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels. Many students have read all her books multiple times and grow up with them. These are books that students want to own so that they can reread them over and over.  

Readers are drawn in by the colorful graphics and continue reading because the stories are funny and entertaining and feel real to them, and they see themselves in her books. I have heard Telgemeier’s books referred to as girl books; however, please don’t categorize them this way. Boys also love her books, particularly Ghosts, Guts, and her graphic novel versions of some of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club books.  

8. Jewell Parker Rhodes

Her writing style is accessible for all ages of middle-grade students, while being intellectually stimulating for upper middle grades. Ghost Boys and Towers Falling are consistent student favorites.

9. Stuart Gibbs

His main characters are very relatable and feel like someone that students would want to be friends with, adding to their connection and interest in the stories. He also has a wide range of tales, many of which are in a series and range in topic from solving crimes at a spy school to saving animals. He recently published graphic novel versions of some books from his popular Spy School series. If students enjoy his books, they have many choices to read before they run out. 

10. Nicole Melleby

Nicole Melleby’s books address a multitude of challenges that young readers face in middle school with honesty, nuance, and authenticity. Her novels include topics such as identity, mental health, friendship, and complex family dynamics.

Melleby’s books invite readers to see themselves in the characters, reflect on their own emotions, and have empathy for others through story lines that capture their attention. Student favorites include The Science of Being Angry and How to Become a Planet, both of which capture something essential about adolescents’ mental health.

Easily Back Up Your Partitions In Linux With Apart Gtk

If you have full partition backups, you can restore your data or even your operating system when disaster strikes. The main problem is creating the partition backup. Most tools for backing up disks and partitions on Linux feel complicated. Some expect you to use commands in the terminal. Others come with old-school interfaces or use cryptic lingo. Luckily, there is Apart GTK.

Apart GTK is a GUI for partclone that allows you to clone your partitions to compressed image backups. Then, you can quickly and easily recover them from those backups whenever you wish. Let’s see how you can keep your data safe with Apart GTK.


If you’re on Ubuntu or a compatible distribution, Apart GTK is available in the default repositories. You can search and install it from the Software Center or with the following command in a terminal:





When the process completes, you’ll find Apart GTK among the rest of your apps.

Backup Your Partition

Find and open the Apart app from your Applications menu. It will prompt you to enter your administrative password. Apart GTK needs full access to your disks and partitions to be able to copy every bit of data on them.

On the left of Apart GTK, you’ll see a list of all the partitions on your system. We had many storage devices on our testing PC, so the list is long. For your PC, you may only find one or two entries.

Note: Apart GTK can’t clone the system partition of the active OS. You have to boot up with a live CD to be able to back up the system partition.

Currently, there is a bug with Apart GTK that prevents the process bar from being updated. Apart from an updating Elapsed time indication, the progress bar looked stuck (though it is running in the backend).

You can confirm that it is indeed running by checking the output file. If it is continuously increasing in size, then you know that it is running normally. Once the backup is completed, Apart GTK will update its window to inform you that the cloning process completed successfully.

Restoring your Partition Backup

Once again, it is best not to restore a backup to the active partition. Other than that, restoring your backup with Apart GTK is easy.

When the process completes, you’ll find the contents of your backup in the selected partition. If it was a system partition, like in our case, by rebooting your PC to that OS, it will be back to the point when you initially made your backup.

Apart GTK is probably the friendliest tool for backing up a partition. It works for Windows partitions too, making it one of the best tools for dual-boot environments.

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How To Fix “This Setting Is Managed By Your Administrator” In Windows

Fortunately, you don’t have to be an installation specialist to solve this problem, although it involves a few minor technical edits. We will go through these fixes one by one, from the most obvious solutions to the registry editing steps.

What Is the “This Setting Is Managed by Your Administrator” Issue?

Contrary to the way it sounds, “This setting is managed by your administrator” has nothing to do with whether or not you are logged in as an administrator. It has more to do with certain unpredictable errors which affect Windows Defender.

There are different indications of this error. For example, when you launch “Windows Security” settings from the search box menu and go to “Reputation-based protection,” some of the options will be grayed out.

Here, one of the settings, “Check apps and files,” has been disabled. This is a very important setting, as SmartScreen checks for unrecognized apps and files, and you can’t manage your PC without accessing this control.

On Windows 11 devices, when the toggle is off, the system will display a “Check apps and files is off. Your device may be vulnerable” message.

Windows 11 devices also have built-in “Exploit protection” for added security. If any of its settings are turned off by default, the system will immediately prompt you for a restart.

Similar settings may be disabled for “Real-time Protection” or “Automatic Sample Submission.” To solve these issues, we are exploring various troubleshooting steps.

2. Disable Other Antivirus Software

If you have a third-party antivirus, it may be affecting Windows Defender, as the latter’s Real-time Protection feature will be turned off by default. You may need to disable or uninstall the antivirus temporarily to remove the error. You can reinstall it later. Consider that Windows Defender itself is a very reliable antivirus and compatible with existing Windows 10 and 11 systems.

3. Solve Using Registry Editor

If the first two steps do not solve the issue, then one of the best ways to solve “This setting is managed by your administrator,” is to tweak the registry for Windows Defender. We will be temporarily deleting the registry files for Windows Defender.

Launch the Registry Editor app from the Windows 10/11 search box by typing “regedit.” It’s better to run it in Administrator mode. You may also open Registry Editor by typing Win + R and then entering “regedit.”

Registry Editor

Once the Registry Editor app is open, navigate to the path shown in the screen below: “ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Defender.”

Create a new folder on your desktop or anywhere else on the system. In this example, the folder is “Regedit Check.”

Export the registry file for the Windows Defender key in the recently created folder. It’s in .reg format.

Repeat the procedure for all the sub-keys under “Windows Defender.” As shown here, we are exporting the Registry file for “Policy Manager.” Make sure the subkey name is exactly the same as in the Registry Editor.

Depending on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 system, there may be more subkeys. Make the backup for each and every item.

Once you have the backup, you have to delete the “Windows Defender” key. Don’t worry about losing files – it’s only temporary; that’s why we made a backup.

4. Disable Any Windows Defender Configurations in Local Group Policy Editor

The Local Group Policy Editor in Windows allows you to configure administrator settings that were accidentally turned on/off. Only Windows Professional (Pro) and higher edition users can access this tweak.

Issue Resolved: “This Setting is Managed by Your Administrator”

Restart your system and go back to the “Reputation-based protection” menu. You will see that you can now enable/disable the SmartScreen freely, as the “Check apps and files” screen is now active once again.

Also, under “Virus & Threat Protection Settings,” Real-time and Cloud protection are re-enabled.

“Memory integrity” in “Core isolation” should also appear enabled in Windows 11 and supported Windows 10 hardware. It may require a restart to achieve it.

Frequently Asked Questions How do I fix “Some settings are managed by your organization” in Windows?

“Some settings are managed by your organization” is an error status similar to “This setting is managed by your administrator.” It affects Windows Pro/Enterprise/Education users as a few policies are enforced bypassing their user privilege status. The only way to fix this status is to use the Local Group Policy Editor where the user needs to reset any misconfiguration in Windows Defender policies for their devices.

If you don’t have access to the Local Group Policy Editor app, contact a system administrator for help fixing the problem.

How do I fix other Windows administration problems?

The only way to fix any Windows administration issues is to ensure that you’ve indeed logged in as an administrator. This may require deleting any hidden local accounts from your User Account Control (UAC). All of them can be accessed from the Run command menu, by typing Win + R and then entering netplwiz.

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Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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How To Change Youtube Video Privacy Setting?

YouTube is a well-known online video streaming platform on the internet used by millions of users to watch different types of videos. As a creator, YouTube is a great way to showcase your content. But sometimes you don’t want the entire YouTube audience to view them. As the owner of a channel on YouTube, you can change your YouTube video privacy settings and control where your videos can appear and who can watch them. But how to decide? First, you need to think about the level of security you want for your videos. Do you just want family, friends and relatives to see them or do you want to make it public? Do you have a business and you want to share a webinar with a definite number of viewers? Are you comfortable sharing your video links with prospective customers or your friends? There are many questions to solve here., so let’s take a closer look.

Privacy settings on YouTube allow you to control who can see your videos and who cannot. There are three settings available – Public, unlisted, and private. Let’s study them one by one:


The YouTube public setting is the default privacy setting for all videos. As a creator, if you are comfortable that everyone can view your videos, and you have no objection to them coming up in Google search results, stick with the public setting.

Advantages of Public settings

A huge subscriber count is great for a business, it can attract more customers.

It creates effective brand awareness.

It’s profitable with the right company or creative strategy.

It can make you a superstar on YouTube.


The private option makes your video, the most secure type of video on YouTube. They are only visible to people (up to 50) that are invited by you. Private videos don’t appear in video recommendations and search results.

Invitees can’t share the video with other people. Also, even if someone shares the link, others still can’t see the video unless they have the invite.

Advantages of Private settings

Sharing videos only with loved ones.

Your private video library.

Storing company information and only showing it to company employees.

Great place to store your videos saving phone memory.


The YouTube’s unlisted video setting is somewhat between private and public settings. Unlisted videos are invisible in search results, subscriber feeds and suggestions. However, in unlisted videos, anyone who has the link can see and share your video.

Advantages of Unlisted settings

If you want to share your videos with a huge group, but don’t want them to appear in search results, then YouTube unlisted is the best choice for you.

It’s great for co-worker feedback.

Sharing your portfolio with prospective employers.

Field testing a potential public video.

Cleaning your YouTube page.

How to Change Privacy Settings?

YouTube video privacy can be changed in two ways. Firstly, at the time you upload your video. Secondly, you can also edit the previous videos uploaded. Let’s study both the method step-by-step −


Follow the method mentioned below stepwise to set video privacy settings on YouTube videos −

In the Visibility option, you have Save or Publish heading and it has three options. Select that who can see you video your video.


Follow the method mentioned below stepwise to edit old uploaded video privacy settings from unlisted to other choices –

The channel content page will open, check the video you want to edit.

A drop-down will open having three options private, Unlisted and public. Select your choice.


Changing the privacy setting on YouTube videos is a very simple process and a helpful tool to allow the creators to control the audience.

Protecting privacy is important when we are on the internet. Everyone wants to enjoy the freedom to create and enjoy without intrusion from unwanted users. YouTube private and unlisted provide a barrier from the public whereas public setting gives your video unlimited audiences. But ultimately, it’s you to decide which level of security you need for your content.

The Value Of Limiting Your Priorities For The School Year

These guiding questions will help school leaders focus on what really matters for their staff and students this year.

The word that comes to mind when thinking about the 2023–21 school year is scattered. School leaders, staff, and families had to constantly pivot and respond to the most significant health crisis in a century. Now we need the upcoming year to be focused, and the way to achieve this is by outlining a few key priorities and being relentless about sticking to them.

It’s particularly challenging to choose priorities in the field of education because schools are bombarded by so many initiatives. When you have too many priorities, you get less done. To summarize what the authors of The 4 Disciplines of Execution write:

With two to three priorities, you will likely achieve them all with excellence.

With four to 10 priorities, you will likely achieve only one or two with excellence.

With 10 or more priorities, you will be unlikely to achieve any with excellence.

Think of Steve Jobs and Apple. According to the story, when Jobs ran Apple, he would take 100 employees away to brainstorm priorities for the company. They would work together to choose 10 priorities. Then—and some people saw this as ruthless—Jobs would slash the bottom seven projects and say that no Apple money or time would be dedicated to those seven and that the company would focus only on the top three.

So, if you aim to choose no more than three main priorities for the upcoming school year, how do you choose them? Below are five questions to guide you in this decision—a process best done as a team.

Guiding Questions for Goal-Setting

1. How much of an impact on student learning and well-being will this priority have? It’s not that some priorities are bad, it’s just that some will have a comparatively larger impact. This means it helps to know the research on what affects student learning and well-being more.

For example, John Hattie’s research shows that collective teacher efficacy, student collaboration, and Response to Intervention (RTI) produce more than two years of learning in just one year. Further, there is agreement among researchers that the following have a larger impact on student achievement: formative assessment, professional collaboration, feedback, a clear curriculum, and high-impact teaching strategies (such as nonfiction writing).

2. Can this priority make an impact within three months? People need small wins now more than ever. Consider choosing three priorities just for the first three months and then reassess. If you don’t believe much can be done in three months, Douglas Reeves and Robert Eaker found in their research that schools have been able to do the following in that time frame: reduce failure rate by 90 percent, lower chronic absenteeism by 80 percent, reduce suspensions by 50 percent, and significantly improve staff morale. For each potential priority ask, is this something your school can impact within three months?

3. Does this priority address our most pressing needs? Spend some time gathering data so you can identify the most pressing needs of your school. Go beyond typical standardized test data (which may be particularly inaccurate due to the pandemic). Instead, examine the three types of data that Shane Safir introduces in The Listening Leader and further fleshes out in her recent book with Jamila Dugan, Street Data:

Level 1 “satellite” data, like test scores, attendance, and course passage

Level 2 “map” data, like reading levels and algebra readiness scores

Level 3 “street” data, such as stories, that you gather through listening and observing

Once you’ve gathered data from surveys, focus groups, one-on-ones, assessment results, and more, determine which of your potential priorities will best address the gaps in the data.

4. Does this priority build on our existing initiatives, strengths, or school values? Sometimes a new initiative or change feels overwhelming because it doesn’t seem connected to the school’s existing initiatives, mission, or strengths. The path to success is often faster and easier when it’s built on what you already do well. Examine the data you uncovered, and see what strengths your school already has. Lots of schools found successful new approaches during the pandemic that they want to build on. Use this question to choose priorities that most align with your school’s strengths.

5. How much will this priority influence other aspects of the school? In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg describes what’s called a “keystone habit”—one habit that has the power to influence a range of other habits. That’s to say, sometimes one habit simply matters more than others.

In a school, this means that rather than focusing on improving every little thing, we should focus on a few key priorities—or keystone habits—that will serve as catalysts to change the rest of the school. For example, if you chose to focus on absenteeism as one of your priorities, that would impact engagement (students can’t be engaged if they’re not attending), learning (they can’t learn if they’re missing classes), and staff morale (teachers question their worth when students don’t show up).

This year, everyone will feel less fragmented and more inspired to work together if you can point them in the direction of a few focused priorities.

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