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Oh, the "places" I'll go as a grandma

Another Blogapalooz night. This night’s prompt: “Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience tomorrow.” Valentines Day. 2015. I drove my friends nuts that weekend. I was so convinced that one of my two kids was going to get engaged.... Read more »

The grade skip dilemma: why your child may fare better than you expect

The grade skip dilemma:  why your child may fare better than you expect
In the years I’ve written about gifted and talented students, I’ve never addressed the question of acceleration, or one form of it, grade skipping. While I have participated in decisions to grade skip students, I never thought of the question from the angle that Dr. Katie McClarty did, looking at the long-term success of students... Read more »

Helicopter parenting has positive perks for gifted and talented students

Helicopter parenting has positive perks for gifted and talented students
I was all set to write a negative piece about helicopter parents. That is, until I walked into an American Educational Research Association (“AERA”) session recently, at which Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska was the discussant. In case you were wondering, the discussant provides feedback to presenters at educational conferences.  Those of you who have read this... Read more »
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Could social/emotional learning in schools deter the horrific and senseless shootings of black men?

By now, you’ve most likely seen the chilling video of Walter Scott, a black man from South Carolina, first running away from a police officer and then falling to the ground after he is shot in the back by that officer a number of times. Once again, Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech... Read more »

Lifelong learners, Shimer College offers invaluable online learning experiences at a nominal cost

Lifelong learners, Shimer College offers invaluable online learning experiences at a nominal cost
One of the best perks of being a ChicagoNow blogger is forging relationships with other bloggers. That’s how I got involved with the folks at Shimer College. For those of you who don’t know much about Shimer, it’s a Great Books College, inspired by writings of master philosophers, scientists, and authors (those interested can access... Read more »

Outstanding educator Nancie Atwell lands in the middle of a controversy over this country’s “business model” of schooling

Outstanding educator Nancie Atwell lands in the middle of a controversy over this country’s “business model” of schooling
Last week, in a tribute to a most remarkable career, top educator Nancie Atwell, and author of In the Middle (and many other books), was awarded the Global Teacher Prize by the Varkey Foundation, an organization dedicated to underprivileged students. In an incredibly generous act, Atwell donated the prize money, a million dollars, to the... Read more »
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Circa 2018, Dr. Rhonda Stern Dreams on about injecting joy in education

Another blogapalooz night. Many of you are familiar with the drill. We are given one hour to write about a prompt and post it. This month’s prompt is: pick any point of time in the future and write about what you hope/think/fear/expect your life will be like then.” The prompt makes me think of a... Read more »

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, oh, Jackie Robinson West Managers, betrayals to children hurt most of all

Years ago, I worked as an adjunct professor at a local law school. I caught a piece of plagiarism—a paragraph lifted from a scholarly article. It really wasn’t hard to find the stolen words; the language was too good when compared with the rest of the paper. The student, however, was anything but remorseful. Both... Read more »

Some frank opinions--and a few surprises--from Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

I used to teach a unit on “Encounters with the Eminent”, found in Joyce VanTassel-Baska’s book, Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners (2d ed.). What was so great about the unit was that it’s designer, Debbi Ruckman, sought to empower gifted and talented elementary students by having them analyze complex people as role models to success.... Read more »
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Meet your double and connect with yourself, imagine that?

Another blogaplooz night. Write and respond to the following prompt: “Write about a time you experienced a remarkable coincidence or witnessed something unexplainable.” Runaway. It’s one of my favorite Bonnie Raitt songs. There I was, sitting in a bar with a cave like feel, in a town outside of Paris, “La Cote St. Jacques. My... Read more »