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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 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

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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 Belonging: My “Ted Talk” at NYSMSA “Why you need a GSA at your school.”

I was invited to speak at the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) Annual Conference. I spoke on the topic: Why your middle school needs to have a Gay Straight Alliance. I hope you’ll watch and share. THANKS!!

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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: 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

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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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Reflections on EdCamp Long Island

Two weeks ago was our inaugural EdCamp Long Island… I’ve been enjoying the twitter feed of messages about the day and speaking to people who attended.  I cannot possibly express the enormity of awesomeness that was represented by working with … 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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