May 23, 2015


New York Times Summer Reading Contest

(From The New York Times) Every year since 2010 we have invited teenagers to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists, and every year more and more have taken us up on the offer. Here’s how the contest works: Every Friday from June 12 through Aug. 14 we’ll pose the same question:  read more…

Struggling Student

How Do I Know If My Child Has Executive Function Issues?

When we are concerned about kids being disorganized—so disorganized that they have trouble keeping track of their stuff and keeping up schoolwork—the first thing we want to do is try to understand what’s going on with them. There are tests that highlight different kinds of organizational skills your child could be weak in. But the  read more…


The Case of the Missing Supplies

School supply shopping can be much loved or much dreaded. Parents seek out the simple, the durable, the “on-the-list” office goods. Kids see glitter or a holographic picture of Ironman and they’re off, begging for an enormous trapper-keeper they don’t need, or a thermos they’d never use. Somehow, the supplies get purchased and packed into  read more…


Cooking with Kids

As a teacher of three and four year olds, cooking is a weekly practice in my classroom. While we all love to enjoy the final product of a treat produced, the process of baking is what really is educationally beneficial to children. While baking with children, they can learn a multitude of educational concepts including  read more…


7 Survival Skills for 21st Century Students

A few years ago I read Tony Wagner’s book, The Global Achievement Gap, in which he explains the competencies high school and college graduates need in order to be successful young professionals and global citizens in today’s society.  Wagner explains how much of the way we go about traditional schooling is truly obsolete, and he challenges  read more…


Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School

Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they’re reading books to babies in the womb. They pressure teachers to make kindergartens and nurseries more like schools. So does the law—the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act explicitly urged more direct instruction in  read more…

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