Archive for January 2013

Cary Grove High School's Shooter Drill- The Talk of the Town and Everywhere Else

Cary Grove High School’s active shooter drill held today is headlining the news everywhere.  Beside the local television and papers, stories can be found in Huffington Post and the New York Times.   The very first thing I read when I woke up this morning was a Facebook comment from a friend as far away... Read more »

One Direction helps Junior High head in the Right Direction

One Direction,  if you haven’t heard of them by now, is the latest boy band mega- sensation, popular with tweens and teens. They earned their status by selling 15 million records worldwide last year. Educators at Cary Junior High produced a video lip-synching the band’s song, What Makes You Beautiful to help motivate their students... Read more »

Stop All the Name-Calling

It’s Inauguration Day- a day of patriotism and promise.   It’s Martin Luther King Day- a day to contemplate inclusion and civil rights.  It is also coincidentally the start of No Name Calling Week- a simple idea that both adults and children could stand to follow a little more closely.  How perfect this week should begin... Read more »
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Do You Want Fries…err Books with That? UK Happy Meals to Come with Books

Do You Want Fries…err  Books with That?  UK Happy Meals to Come with Books
Children’s literacy efforts received a huge boost yesterday in the United Kingdom with the announcement that McDonald’s Happy Meals will start including books instead of toys .  A previous pilot program in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust, has given away 9 million books already and has been well received by parents. The plan is... Read more »

Just How Does a Child Succeed?

Just How Does a Child Succeed?
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough was given to me as a Christmas present.   It’s no intriguing murder mystery or page turning historical fiction, but it is a perfect book for the “edu-geek”  like me (the one who would much rather pick up Psychology Today than Cosmo from the magazine rack.) Upon hearing the title,... Read more »

New Year’s Resolutions that Make a Difference

New Year’s Resolutions that Make a Difference
New Year’s Resolutions are so hard to keep.  Health clubs and exercise classes are always packed in January but drop off by the beginning of March.  Good intentions to do one thing or another- eat healthier, get organized, save more money, are hard to maintain.   It is difficult to create new habits that lead... Read more »
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