Hunger Games: An Opportunity for Relevant Discussion With Kids

“Hunger Games” is much more than a blockbuster movie based on a best-selling book. It’s an opportunity for parents and teachers to engage kids in important conversation. Continue reading

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choice theory

Watch Your Language!

Our language impacts (and reveals) our thinking. When we ask, “How do we motivate kids?” we reveal a nonconscious belief that motivation comes from the outside. It doesn’t. Continue reading

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achievement gap

Notes from the (Achievement) Gap

While the achievement gap has narrowed between races, it has widened significantly between rich and poor. Access to educational opportunity is a fundamental promise made by America and its citizens, a promise that has been sorely compromised. Continue reading

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emotional intelligence

Social-Emotional Learning: Identifying Emotions in Others

Identifying and managing our own emotions is essential to our personal well-being and happiness. Accurately identifying others’ emotions is essential to our social well-being and happiness. Continue reading

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education news

Education in Australia and America: More Alike Than Different

As an American educator who works with schools in Australia, I am frequently asked how our schools compare. Despite differences in accents and terminology, our systems of education are remarkably similar. Continue reading

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TXT Me L8r!

FYI my little 1s (3rd g8rs) just did a unit re: how 2 rite a ltr. Like, a ltr ltr. Old skool, LOL. U haf 2 start w the d8 @ the top. Nxt rite ur address. Not ur email… like @ ur house. Then ur BFF’s address 2.  U… Read More


You Majored in What?!

Graduation season is upon us, the time when we pause to celebrate the accomplishments of newly-minted degree-holders. Of course, in economic times such as these, there’s no guarantee that a new graduate, professionally green and facing unprecedented competition for jobs, will land solid employment just on the strength of a… Read More


Science Through Literature in Inner City Schools

It was very exciting – and a little intimidating – to be invited to spend a day at an inner-city high school in Los Angeles.  I have spent over a decade developing and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching core concepts in science and mathematics; throwing out the traditional text… Read More

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