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How teachers use alternative seating to engage students

How teachers use alternative seating to engage students

April 16, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary

At the beginning of the school year, my fifth-grade son’s teacher asked parents to donate spare stools or chairs to her classroom so she could offer some nontraditional seating options for her students. This was something my son, and I, were very excited about. My son has ADHD, so spending the bulk of his day […]

Why personalized learning is here to stay

Why personalized learning is here to stay

April 3, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Mastery-based education. Competency-based learning. Personalized learning. Project-based learning. Differentiated instruction. These are some of the terms used to describe different education practices. Maybe you’ve read about them. Maybe you’ve heard them used in reference to your child’s school. The commonality amongst them is a shift away from the traditional classroom model of students seated at […]

Hands-on doesn’t mean minds-off: CTE and the future of jobs

Hands-on doesn’t mean minds-off: CTE and the future of jobs

February 1, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Sometimes, for fun, I ask my kids what they want to be when they grow up. Kids, as we know, say the darndest things. Some of their answers include: Power Ranger, fast food worker, motorcycle mechanic, famous soccer player, singer, lawyer (okay, I made them say that last one.) Although my children are 7 and […]

4 apps to help your child learn a new language

4 apps to help your child learn a new language

January 31, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, Middle Years

When my mother was a little girl, she lived a poor, challenging life in Puerto Rico. But when she turned 7, my grandmother – who I call Ita – packed up their few belongings, and moved my mother and her sister to New York. They had no money and they didn’t speak English. Children of […]

How introducing your kids to art can ignite a passion for learning

How introducing your kids to art can ignite a passion for learning

January 30, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

When young children swipe their paintbrush up and down a blank piece of paper or canvas, scribble with crayons or markers, and cut and paste with scissors and glue, they are doing much more than creating their next masterpiece. Their brains are growing and their senses are sending messages to the brain about how things […]

What’s a MOOC…and should your high-schooler consider enrolling in one?

What’s a MOOC…and should your high-schooler consider enrolling in one?

September 12, 2017 | Posted in: High School

Odd acronym, awesome concept. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs are free online courses available for anyone to enroll in. They’re an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance a career and partake in quality educational experiences at scale. David Cormier, an educational researcher and MOOC early adopter, defines a MOOC as more […]

How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from coast to coast in the United States for the first time in almost 40 years. The event is being referred to as “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse,” and will start in Salem, Oregon and stretch all the way to […]

Extracurricular activities forge important school connections

Extracurricular activities forge important school connections

April 7, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years, Uncategorized

My second- and fourth-grade sons are currently participating in an after-school art program at their elementary school. After each class, they share funny anecdotes about something one of the other kids said or did. And each Tuesday, they are excited to go to school because they know they have art after school. This is significant […]

Is cursive writing a comeback kid?

Is cursive writing a comeback kid?

April 5, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

If John Hancock had simply printed his name at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence, would we remember who he was? The president of the Continental Congress is famous for his bold script, but would today’s students be able to read the entire document he signed? Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island is among […]

10 culturally-relevant books to inspire English language learners of all ages

10 culturally-relevant books to inspire English language learners of all ages

March 28, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

The summer before I entered fourth grade, a new girl moved into my neighborhood, just a few houses down from me. Her name was Tanya and she was from Sri Lanka. She spoke very little English, except for “hi,” “bye,” “yes,” “no,” and “thank you.” There wasn’t much dynamic conversation going on between us that […]