Article: Schools Turn to Propane Buses as Stricter Emission Standards Loom

[This article makes me wonder about the emissions effect and noise pollution effect of putting all middle school students on the MBTA instead of yellow school buses, the policy decision that allowed this blog to flourish. Only students with IEPs that require transportation be provided get busses in middle and high school. While I wait…

Ten Hours: This is a Bus not a Bedroom

[This is the fourth 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: 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…

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: The Activity Gap

[Part of what my org is trying to address and the long term (beyond middle school) consequences.] The Activity Gap By Alia Wong Imagine two young adults who, despite living in the same city, come from very different worlds. One is named Ethan—a freshman at an elite college near Austin, Texas, pursuing a degree in…