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Monday #5: This Is Your Brain On Stress

At this very moment, administrators in my children’s high school are trying to do some damage control in an attempt to clarify a rumor that has begun circulating among students and parents that the popular “block scheduling” is about to … Continue reading

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Monday #33: Raise Your Hand

Last week, the NY Times ran an article about the introduction of electronic “clickers” in groups and classrooms, as a replacement for the traditional raising of hands. The article was actually more about how the usage of clickers can be useful … Continue reading

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Monday #50: Summer Bummer

When I was in high school, summer vacation was a blur of glorious, heat-drenched, poolside nothingness.  Coming from a family of modest means, we didn’t get sent to camp or leave town for some cool boardwalk.  We swam at the … Continue reading

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Monday #32: Go Play

There is little about my work in schools that portrays anything resembling the routine of school “work.”  When I am in a school around kids, I dial up the goofiness and turn on the loud, jokey, quirky, let’s-see-what-happens kind of … Continue reading

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Monday #24: A Fine Mess

Last week I wrote about the stressed-out, over-scheduled kids featured in Vicki Abele’s independent film, Race To Nowhere. One of the saddest things, to me, is how early these kids are forced to conform to this highly compartmentalized, over-achieving lifestyle.  “Robbing … Continue reading

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Monday #23: A Journey, Not A Race

I saw the independent film, Race To Nowhere, last week.  This film puts our country’s current educational philosophy and practices under a microscope and starkly shows the stressful and joyless results, manifested in children as young as six-years-old, that our … Continue reading

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