Lawyers, and teachers, and inclusion and loyalty?

Another Blogapalooz Hour! Our challenge as bloggers is to respond to the prompt below within an hour. What’s the favorite thing you’ve ever written? Share a link if you have it (ha) and explain why you feel this way. I have two favorite things that I’ve written, but only time to speak about one. Maybe... Read more »

Second chance? This baby boomer would redo college

Tonight, Chicago Now once again sponsored a Blogapalooz-Hour. Bloggers are given a topic and then have one hour to write a blog piece. Tonight’s topic: “Write about something in your life you’d like a second chance at.” I’d love to redo college. I wish I had found a college that was a good fit for... Read more »

Dealing with the "D" word--depression

Another Blogapalooz-Hour. Here’s the prompt: “Write about a time you worked very hard in your life at something….Don’t only focus on if you ultimately succeeded.” I’m candid in my personal life about the fact that I suffer from depression, but rarely in my professional life. Yet, the two collided a number of years ago when... Read more »

Gifted Education back in the day: so much better then--nearly ten years ago--than now

This time we have a morning Blogapalooz challenge. Our topic is: “Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best.” We were given one hour to write and then we had to post. Below is the result: I quit a job I loved at the top of my game.... Read more »

Enduring beauty in students and curriculum

Another blogapalooz night; here’s the prompt: “write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand.” I find so many things that are beautiful that others don’t understand… A frustrated student: bringing a child into the academic fold is so gratifying. What interests him? What does he value? Family? Cultural community? What... Read more »

Mitigating the pressures we put on students

Another Blogapalooz night. We get an hour to respond to this prompt: write about a time you told a lie. I don’t know if this is technically a lie. I love telling stories. I also love breaking rules that don’t make any sense. I broke some rules in my role as a gifted resource teacher.... Read more »

Going to the "unknown" with your students

Another blogapalooz night. Tonight’s subject involved sharing a favorite quote and explaining why it resonated. I chose a quote written by Jim Morrison of the Doors: “There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.” Let’s deconstruct Morrison’s quote. “There are things known,” and to many, what’s known is safe. I... Read more »

Ode to experiences before my mom's dementia

Last night, there was a blogapalooz contest. Though I couldn’t participate, I decided to respond to the prompt anyway because it touched some unexpected chords: Write about a friend from childhood with whom you’ve lost touch. Wasn’t hard to come up with this person. We weren’t best friends in high school, but we were close.... Read more »

Guided by a wise teacher, kindergarteners model kindness and inclusive play

Guided by a wise teacher, kindergarteners model kindness and inclusive play
In my quest to make elementary school a kinder, happier, and more meaningful place, I’ve been reading a lot of books on democratic education. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a gem entitled, You Can’t Say, You Don’t Play. The book is written by Vivian Gussin Paley, a MacArthur genius grant recipient, and... Read more »

Teaching the teacher: Stern learns about engaging ways to address the summer slide

 Teaching the teacher:  Stern learns about engaging ways to address the summer slide
I love a lively discussion. That’s why I’m so appreciative of the responses to my last blog on possible learning loss over the summer, referred to as the summer slide by some educators. Readers had some creative responses to (and differences with) my thinking. A fair number supported summer learning, particularly for at risk students... Read more »