Gifts that Keep Giving

Mitchel Resnick’s book, Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity Through Projects, Passion, Peers and Play, argues that a mistake schools make is that they become less and less like kindergarten as children move through them, and not more. Specifically, too many schools present children with fewer and fewer opportunities to be creative and collaborative in the classroom as they get […]

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Jar of Thanks

Yesterday, amid a steady stream of work including proofreading report cards, meeting with parents and teachers, and preparing for a small, family reunion this weekend, I was feeling pretty depleted. I looked at the clock and saw to my surprise that it was already 12:30, just a few minutes from the start of advisory lunch. […]

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Hard Facts

This week, hard facts were everywhere. Look to the left, find sorrow in the aftermath of a mass shooting on Las Vegas. Look to the right, see fires moving through Northern California. Look a few weeks back, see hurricane waves and winds snuffing out lights and prospects in island and coastal communities. Look into a […]

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Popular

In the popular musical, Wicked, the character Glinda takes Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, under her wing. It’s grade school, and Glinda is the class pet. She’s pretty and talented, and everyone assumes she is also good. Elphaba, on the other hand, is bookish and solitary. Glinda, with the intention to […]

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