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How Tracking Fails Kids in Gifted and General Classes So much time is spent on placing kids, tracking them according to the previous year's test scores, ability tests, and other metrics.  Is all this attention to tracking really doing any good? Having taught honors and general classes,...

A simple day at my favorite beach Long Island is paradise in the summer.   We are on a peninsula with an expansive coastline "bounded on the north by Long Island Sound, on the east and south by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by New...

  How standardized rubrics make kids and teachers hate writing I must confess: I have killed writing many times as a high school teacher. Early in my career, I led my students like a general leads an army of young recruits.  I loved to write and thought...

Reminiscing about the unspoken lessons I learned while cooking Sunday pasta Food is nourishment for the body, but to Italians it is so much more.  In my youth, at our house, preparing meals was the purview of the women.  My mother was in charge and my...

          If you can get an online summary and analysis of any book, why read it? High school students have been asking this question for years, and it's about time I answered it. Reading books can help you make sense of the world in a profound way. ...

Does traditional education have a place in the digital age? I've been reading an awful lot about how schools are simply not going to be the same after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.   One of the changes that has caught my attention is the proposal to...

Write a heartfelt note, on colorful stationery, and send it by snail mail If you’re thinking this quarantine stinks, that it’s killed so many vulnerable people, that it has destroyed our economy, that it is a beastly plague that threatens our very way of life, you...

It’s not that hard if you follow a few simple guidelines.   I’m so sorry you have to pick up the pieces while we are all stuck, quarantined in our homes to fight the spread of Covid-19.   I know, you had no preparation, no warning, nothing to...

What if we didn’t share our precious moments on social media? Would our accomplishments be any less real? Photo by Melanie Hughes on Unsplash Not everyone likes to brag. Some of us enjoy going places and doing things without having to broadcast our lives on social media. Some of us...

Let’s all take a collective deep breath.  We are all affected by the coronavirus pandemic and our students need to see that we can handle this with clarity and perseverance.   As a college instructor, I have spent the last week working on Blackboard to prepare lessons...