September 2, 2014

Want to keep your new middle-schooler out of trouble? Let them take risks.

By Michelle Icard (The Washington Post) Middle school gets a bad rap. Ask parents of graduating elementary-schoolers how they feel about their kids moving up, and you’ll be surprised how many of their responses fall into the “totally dreading it” end of the anticipation spectrum. What’s so scary about middle school anyway? I mean, besides  read more…

Teaching Confidence to Kids

By Grant Bergland (English, Literature, Test Preparation) Where does confidence come from? Some people would say it’s a quality some people have inherently, while others think it can be learned. Despite controversy of its origin, most agree that confidence is a positive quality that helps young people and adults attack daily tasks with less anxiety,  read more…

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Diet Tips to Combat ADHD

By Javiera Monárdez (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, Anatomy, Spanish) I have had ADHD my whole life and I never took medication. Some years ago, when I started to be in charge of the ADHD program as primary care doctor, I realized that medications weren’t the only way to treat ADHD. I have been changing in my diet  read more…

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Teaching History in the Present

By Hillel Gruenberg (History and Writing) Living in the age of the 24-hour news cycle we have been conditioned to believe that current events and all their rippling ramifications can and should be understood immediately and totally. As we watch one talking head after another hastily and confidently assert their perception of events as beyond  read more…

Parenting, Brilliantly

By Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Report The end of summer is when I finally get to catch up on the reading I’ve been wanting and meaning to do. In case you missed them, here are the posts I’ve written for Motherlode, the New York Times‘ parenting blog. Happy reading!—Annie Harry Potter Casts A Spell for Tolerance Parents often seek  read more…

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4 Qualities of a Great Tutor

by David Hollander (Test Preparation, Math, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation) 1. Fairness. You are the leader in the tutoring session and your behavior determines the student’s behavior. The student will look to the tutor constantly for consistent leadership. It is therefore important that the tutor understands what he or she asks from the student and  read more…

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