the essence of it all

The Power of Personal RelationshipsBy Thomas S. Mawhinney and Laura L. SaganPhi Delta Kappan, March 2007 The essence, the very essence, of what I believe as an educator is summed up in this understanding: We now understand that higher-level thinking is more likely to occur in the brain of a student who is emotionally secure…

a special place closes

Private Weston School closes after 90 years RYAN BERGEN, The Gazette Published: Friday, June 22, 2007 I worked at Weston for 5 years – almost 4 as their high school resource coordinator and teacher, and about 1.5 as a substitute teacher when I was back in school myself. It was a special place where everyone strived…

differentiating by gender

Image from Julianne F.‘S reflections on gender and communication. When Good Marks are Not Enough by Rosalind Wiseman The success in educating girls, many say, has come from recognising their specific learning styles as well as their emotional development and the impact of friendships. Teaching Physics to students – or Teaching to Girls and Boys…

To middle school or not to middle school?

“…some middle school experts argue that school reconfiguration is a costly distraction from what adolescents really need: smaller classes, an engaging curriculum, personalized attention and well-prepared teachers.” I agree! Instead of looking at complicated school reconfigurations, I would take a much more grass-roots approach. No matter where they are, children in middle-school need classes tailored…