Article: Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

[A series of thoughts this article generated: Thank you, Ericka, for passing this along! My students don’t get recess. They spend nearly all of their day sitting at desks and we even ask that they be silent and calm walkers to and from the cafeteria. I’m helping tutor some kids in math and the day…

Podcast: This American Life Episode 550: Three Miles

[Really hits close to home — none of our 8th graders got into independent school but several visited. How do we help them manage the distance between these schools? How do we ensure that they make it through high school and through college? What do we do to close that gap? How can we get…

The Lost Student

My phone was buzzing and the name said “I’s Mom” so I pulled off my glove and answered. “Hola?” Sobbing. “Ay dios mio,” the mom cried into the phone. My heart skipped a beat but I tried to stay calm. I took a deep a breath and asked her what was going on. The story…

“Debemos hablar espaƱol”

A couple of days ago I was waiting for the bus when a trio of kids sped past, backpacks bouncing. They whipped around the light post and practically slammed into the snowdrift. Chattering among themselves they didn’t seem to be paying any attention to me. Until I heard a “Hi, Ms.” “Hi! What bus are…

Article: 5 Lessons Education Research Taught Us In 2014

[NPR is writing a lot about education recently (or maybe Facebook is just learning what I like to read). Either way, I thought this was interesting and I hope that news outlets do more to bridge the gap between ed research and “the field.” Too often I feel like someone has probably already studied the…

T-Swift

Nothing to do with buses but too hilarious not to tell you about so please indulge me: “Ms! Ms! Come here!” called a sixth-grader across the cafeteria. Confused, I walked over to where he was sitting. “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Taylor Swift?” To which I burst out laughing. “No…no one…