April 18, 2014

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Risk-Taking on the Playground

By Caroline Miller, from Child Mind Institute The Atlantic has a terrific, provocative piece by Hanna Rosin, called “The Overprotected Kid,” about some negative effects of parenting that attempts to remove all the risks from childhood. Rosin takes us on a visit to a British playground that looks more like a junkyard: kids are busy building structures with old  read more…

Let’s Talk Bullying

Bullying is a very real threat that can affect anybody: iconic characters like Biff Tannen from Back to the Future, Regina George from Mean Girls, and Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series have bullied people of all ages and from all walks of life (and worlds!). It’s important to have a discussion about bullying  read more…

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Evaluating the Quality of Online Information

By Julie Coiro from Edutopia  An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate online information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention. Over 70 percent of  read more…

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Smarter Designs for Smarter Homework

By Annie Murphy Paul from The Brilliant Report The studying that middle school and high school students do after the dismissal bell rings is either an unreasonable burden or a crucial activity that needs beefing up. Which is it? Do American students have too much homework or too little? Neither, I’d say. We ought to  read more…

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Thinking About Math Differently

By Nick Afka Thomas (Math and Latin) There’s something about being naturally good at math that makes people believe you’re exceptionally intelligent. There’s a mystique about math; the idea that only a few gifted people are able to do it. Conversely, I’ve lost count of the number of parents who have warned me that they  read more…

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Big Apple Day Summer Program

Social skills summer camp for kids ages 5-12 in Manhattan:    Big Apple Day Program (BADP) is a co-ed 6-week social skills summer treatment camp for children ages 5-6, 7-8 & 9-12 with mild-to-moderate (non-aggressive) difficulties, such as ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, NVLD, Anxiety, and Learning Difficulties. We use a social-thinking behavioral approach to teach social, academic,  read more…

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