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Bah humbug, numbers never tell the entire story: in defense of critical thinking, meaningful educational relationships, and of course, Shimer College

Bah humbug, numbers never tell the entire story:  in defense of critical thinking, meaningful educational relationships, and of course, Shimer College
Last week, I was called a radical when it came to education. I suppose I am. I don’t believe in grades, though I do believe in timely feedback on student work. I understand why some parents have no interest in sending their children to school because some children truly get nothing out of school. I... Read more »

Why David Bowie is a prime example of multipotentiality.

Why David Bowie is a prime example of multipotentiality.
My husband’s eye doctor is also a lawyer. I have many friends who have switched careers and “reinvented” themselves several times. I suspect that you know someone who has capably performed in more than one career, or some child with a plethora of talents and interests. Though known as a musical legend for albums like... Read more »

A new holiday: celebrate your friends day and tell them why they matter.

A new holiday:  celebrate your friends day and tell them why they matter.
Another blogapalooz night! Ok, our topic for tonight is to create a new holiday that we believe should exist. I’m at a loss. I keep jotting down ideas and them my inner critic, or my husband, rejects them. So, I’m going with the first one that came to mind, National Celebrate a Friend Day. My... Read more »
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A heartfelt shout out to Erin Massey, a stern condemnation of drunk driving

A heartfelt shout out to Erin Massey, a stern condemnation of drunk driving
I’ve never met Erin Massey in person, but I feel a connection to her. As part of (last summer’s) ChicagoNow’s “Q&A with a blogger,” Jimmy Greenfield hooked us up. Erin was to interview me and I had the good fortune of interviewing Kerri Morse. I became social media friends with both of them… I enjoyed... Read more »

A mom looks back on a perfect beach day with her family

A mom looks back on a perfect beach day with her family
Another Blogapalooz night. Write and post within the hour. Here’s the prompt: Write what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy. I’m not a person who likes to look backward, but I’d do it for a day. I’d return to the summer of 1993. Not to be any younger, that doesn’t... Read more »

Trick or treat: how are you going to handle school conferences?

Trick or treat:  how are you going to handle school conferences?
For many parents and students, Halloween is a tripwire. Time to start thinking about conferences and that ritual sort of spooks them. Haunted by concerns, the operative question becomes, “should I raise them.” I’d go with the wizard’s philosophy. As Harry Potter claimed in the Deathly Hallows, “I’m going to keep going until I succeed.”... Read more »
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Why do we celebrate students on National Student Day--a hint, it's about "giving back"

Why do we celebrate students on National Student Day--a hint, it's about "giving back"
News to me, but there’s a new holiday called National Student Day. It’s in its fourth year. The purpose of National Student Day is to celebrate those college students who help others through volunteering. College bookstores around the country are offering discounted goods, sweatpants and other stuff, to honor volunteers. Students interested in winning a... Read more »

Nuggets of teaching wisdom gained on the tennis court

Another blogapalooz night: “Write about something in your life you’ve given up but that you wish you still did (write and post within the hour). I wish I still played tennis. Let me preface this by saying that I was not G-d’s gift to the tennis world. I took the game up when I was... Read more »

Thank you, Edutopia! Your questions build bridges between schools and families

Thank you, Edutopia!  Your questions build bridges between schools and families
Hello Edutopia! Terry Heick, I really enjoyed your September 12th blog, Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher.* I love a person who asks questions—questioning is one criteria I consider when I collaborate with (and evaluate) gifted and talented students. The list you put together is very comprehensive. I also agree with... Read more »
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Why celebrations (not necessarily on the scale of Jackie Robinson West) and recognition of talent are important to students

Why celebrations (not necessarily on the scale of Jackie Robinson West) and recognition of talent are important to students
Yesterday, I watched with awe as the little leaguers from Jackie Robinson West were celebrated in Millenium Park. How terrific to witness young champions, highly able baseball players, enjoy recognition and love. I listened to speaker after speaker talk to them about honing their talents, their gifts, for the future. Stern, I thought, this is... Read more »
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