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Don’t stress about the tests!

April 12, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

You’ve heard all the concerns before: I blank out on tests. I freeze when the teacher hands me the paper. What if I don’t do well? Why do we have to take these stupid tests anyway? Some students thrive on test stress; others experience intense anxiety that leaves them feeling physically ill -stomachaches, headaches, etc. […]

April is Autism Awareness Month

April 12, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Look for spring colors to emerge this month – not only underfoot but also on car bumpers, jacket lapels and Facebook pages – in the form of the multi-hued “autism awareness” ribbon. The ribbon – whose puzzle pattern is meant to reflect the mystery and complexity of autism – will be on full display throughout […]

Don’t lick the dishes, and other models of good behavior

April 12, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

I stood by the kitchen sink, my hands on my hips. “You know better than that,” I said to the older of the two. She ducked her head to avoid my stare, feigning innocence. I ignored her feeble attempt to be cute and pressed on. “She’s little, and you should be a role model,” I […]

Choosing high school courses – a little bit puzzle, a little bit road map, a lot of strategy

April 12, 2013 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

There has been a lot of discussion lately among high school students regarding course selection. “Should I take a harder, more challenging course, or one that I know I can do well in?” “Will a college think I wanted to slack off senior year if I take certain electives?” “Should I take a variety of […]