Article: Study: A Simple, Cheap Way To Help Low-Income Kids With ADHD

[ADHD, like autism and vaccines, seems to bring out the armchair doctor in many folks on the internet. In my current job I do not have access to IEPs (the plans that schools make with families for students with all manner of disabilities to ensure that students get the adjustments they need). Therefore I don’t…

Ten Hours: Students of Rural America?

[This is the second installment in a series I’m calling Ten Hours, about my trip with students to a college in upstate NY. These are a few moments of ten hours we spent on the bus that’ll hopefully give you a sense of the whole 36 hours we spent on the trip and about all the things…

Ten Hours: Vomit

[This is the first installment in a series I’m calling Ten Hours, about my trip with students to a college in upstate NY. These are a few moments of ten hours we spent on the bus that’ll hopefully give you a sense of the whole 36 hours we spent on the trip and about all the things…

Article: The Brain’s Empathy Gap

[A long article that is worth the full read. Boston was the site of major strife over school integration and busing so this very recent episode in Hungary feels particularly relevant here, though the United States as a whole does not have particularly integrated schools and continues litigious battles over integration. The possibility of building…

Article: Overcoming Poverty’s Damage to Learning

[Though I wish a few parts of this article had more concrete details, in general I found this intervention, Turnaround For Children, very compelling. I’m struggling with the part I’m playing in making the school environment less helpful rather than more helpful — too often I feel like I am not “modeling respect” and instead…

Riding Bikes

It is finally spring and we’re all reveling in the sunny skies and 50 degree weather. I’ve been back on my bike more, but luckily this hasn’t prevented me from chatting with students. On Tuesday, one of my favorite seventh graders (who wanted to share his music the other day) eyed me as I walked…

Article: First-Generation Students Unite

[Makes me think about my own elite education and the “mythical student” who haunts even those who arrive on campus with ample privilege. This article also makes me wonder about my 8th graders who are headed to prep school — will those schools be prepared to help these (even younger) students navigate their first generation…

Escuchando Musica en la Guagua

Today I rushed towards the bus, wending my way around strollers and shopping bags, in and out of the light April rain. As the bus pulled away from the curb, I looked up from putting my CharlieCard back in my wallet to see three seventh graders perched at the back of the bus. Partly because…

“Modi?”

After my students had settled into their seats and the school bus lurched out of the school parking lot, I set my teacher clipboard down and gazed around. Next to me were two of my Creole-speaking students, M and K, the only two still in the Sheltered English Immersion class. “Hi, ladies!” I said as I…

Video: A Conversation With My Black Son

[This video from the New York Times entitled A Conversation With My Black Son came out on March 17th, 2015 with this accompanying article. As a school we didn’t succeed in having this conversation with our students. There have been sporadic moments of helping students process the recent flashpoints of Ferguson, New York, etc., and systemic…