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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

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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

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About Connected Leading/Learning: You’re a LEARNER!

Everybody has a version of this dream. You’re not prepared to do a speech. You’re supposed to be flying an airplane and you don’t know how to do it.  There’s a test and you forgot about it, you didn’t study … Continue reading

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About assessment: Why are they raising their hands?

How do you think our classrooms will look different in 10, 20, 30 years? This post considers a most common classroom practice for formative assessment. Continue reading

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About teaching: So you think you can dance?

I’m not a good dancer. I’m not sure why really, I guess I’m just self-conscious about the way I look when I  dance. I shouldn’t be this way because I believe in a growth mindset.  Why worry about making mistakes … Continue reading

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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

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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 Technology: Never, sometimes, always?

It can be overwhelming to contemplate all the technology that exists in the world to assist us in our work with children.   I saw this at a faculty meeting recently.   Before the winter break, we had a meeting at which … Continue reading

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About Courage: Why don’t we sing anymore?

Why don’t middle school kids dance more? Some do…  but at a middle school dance,  many students can be found sitting against the wall. Why don’t more adults sing, draw, paint and do art?  Why do adults stop playing sports … Continue reading

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About a field trip

This entire week I have been away from school on the eighth grade trip to Québec and Montréal as part of our students experience studying French at the middle school. An administrator attends this trip along with the teachers every … Continue reading

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