Be The Filter

Although this should be of no surprise to you, be aware your children are being exposed to quite an array of real-world behaviors. And these behaviors are quite different from the ones you encountered at their age. This became apparent…

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Figure It Out

Now that summer has hit, we have the perfect opportunity to teach our children a critical life skill: Problem-Solving. As I told about 300 kindergarten students in the last few weeks: Adults are not always going to be around to…

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Lost in Translation

What languages do you speak? When working with the culture of youth, there are exponential subgroups from which to choose toddlers, tweens, hyper boys, babies, and the ever-so-scary-and-dramatic, teenage girls. I feel confident many problems between adults and children…

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Summer Rest?

This week I discovered a painful realization: my summer is almost over. Summer, for me, is when staff development slows down, which is usually March through May. During this time I have a chance to take a small break and…

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Variable Giftedness

School was not my friend when it came to demonstrating my potential. I could post a snapshot of my high school report card, but it would be ugly. For me, effort was not the problem and I refuse to believe…

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Test Obsessions

I find it fascinating and disturbing how much emphasis we place on paper/pencil evaluations in the school system when the overwhelming majority of job related assessments are performance-based. This works quite well for me now, but getting to this point…

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All About That Test

The consistent theme found throughout the school system, especially at this time of year, is its All About That Test. (No failing.) This concerns me on many levels. Please understand, I am all for continuous improvement. I also think it…

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The Micah Show

It is apparent to me, we dont see ourselves the way other people do. Our choices, our attitudes, and our behaviors all look differently when we play them out in our own heads. This weekend, Micah requested a room…

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