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Tag Archives: adolescence
About school: We can make it special
rincipals and teachers can create singular moments for kids everyday. Like the Brooklyn Nets, these are our schools, classrooms, hallways, gyms, and cafeterias. We are in charge of these settings. We can do extraordinary things to create lifelong fans of learning and of our schools. Continue reading
About middle level teaching: Nobody wants to be the Junior Varsity*
Actions follow our beliefs. If there is one piece of advice that all middle school teachers must follow it is this, “Middle school kids are different, don’t expect to succeed with the same strategies that might work with elementary or high school kids.” Continue reading
About a song: What does it “mean”?
This was only a brief snapshot of a terrific learning moment but I promised myself I would share what I observed because, at our school, we are all LEARNERS! Thanks Bess! Continue reading
About violence and children: What’s a big number?
My daughter is only five years old; she’s in kindergarten. The other day we were watching the news and there was a story about a fire that occurred in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn. Tragically, two people perished in the fire. … Continue reading
Posted in Educational Focus, Leadership, Personal Best, Random Thoughts, Reflections, Uncategorized Tagged adolescence, children, learning, middle school, students, violence 4 Comments
About…The Wheels on the Bus?
I have been a middle school principal for 15 years. It doesn’t seem like a long time to me. The thing about working in a school, there are certain rituals and procedures that are repeated in the same way every single … Continue reading
Posted in Inside the Middle School, Leadership, Personal Best, Random Thoughts, Reflections, Uncategorized Tagged adolescence, fun, school bus 4 Comments
About Reading: Don’t take it for granted!
I have been following with great interest a recent series of blog posts by Grant Wiggins about the nature of reading. Wiggins explores the essential question: What exactly is going on in our minds when we read? It’s mysterious really, … Continue reading
Posted in Inside the Middle School, Personal Best, reading, Reflections Tagged adolescence, Fish in a Tree, learning, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, middle school, Mindset, reading 6 Comments
About Homework (Part II): If it’ll help me learn … I’ll do it
A reflection on my own learning and the role of homework… Continue reading
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About Homework: Do you do your homework?
Two months ago I wrote about my One Word for the New Year… It was LEARN. Essentially, I dedicated myself to learning, learning new things and things that are important to my work: Response to Intervention, Classical Music and Spanish. … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged adolescence, homework, middle school 2 Comments
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