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Wicked Range

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life The most interesting people I know Didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t Back in 1997, these lyrics jumped out at me.  Buried in the…

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Enjoy Your Youth!

This week was fun. For our students. For our faculty. For our parents. This week was fun. About a month ago, we came back one weekend and our campus had started changing. The mature, sophisticated, orderly halls started filling with cobwebs and spiders and bats and skeletons and all sorts of blackened decor and spooky…

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The Importance of Family and Home

The internet is a wonderful place for mining quotations. Last week, I came across this pearl of wisdom in a Rand Corporation Publication. “ … research suggests that, compared with teachers, individual and family characteristics may have four to eight times the impact on student achievement…” Mind you, the Rand Corporation is an ultra-conservative American…

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Through the Lens of Trust

I have to admit that when the time comes around for me to submit a blog post, I get a bit anxious. I struggle with trying to find something to write about that I think students, parents, and staff could relate to or even want to read. With the beginning of the new school year…

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Did you have a good year?

          Did you have a good year?           Yes or no?           Did you have a good year?           “YES!”           The only honest, accurate answer has to be “Yes.”          …

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Words Change Your Child’s Body

As educators, we spend significant time talking about how “mindset” is important in education. This has always been en vogue in our field; attitude matters! Growth mindset! Grit! We are taught to not allow students to give up, to become comfortable with failure. Teacher education programs have always reveled in this kind of theory. There…

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Culture of Learning

How would you respond to the statement, “Education does not end when you leave the classroom”? This was the prompt for the championship round at a recent CEESA Speech and Debate competition in which an AAS student won first place. Students had to come up with an impromptu speech to share their thoughts on this…

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On Learning in an AI World

Since late November, ChatGPT has dominated the news headlines. For the uninitiated, Chat GPT is a cutting-edge language model developed by OpenAI. It can generate human-like text, allowing it to engage in natural language conversations and perform various language-based tasks like; writing compelling stories or essays, answering complex math problems, and writing basic code. So,…

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How Much Help Should We Give Our Children?

Parenting is hard. Not the kind of hard that comes when a colleague sends you an email with a word you’ve never seen before (like “epistolary”) and you struggle to figure out its meaning without resorting to Google definitions. Not the kind of hard that comes when you’re walking the streets of Bulgaria looking for…

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