Article: Dear Parent: About THAT kid…

[Not sure if this is partly because I’m running on not enough sleep (thank you late Amtrak and whining cats at 5 am) but this blog post made me tear up. To be as caring, capable, and competent as the author is a goal. Though she focuses on kids younger than the ones I work…

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…

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…