The Classroom Transition from Anonymity to Known

The dictionary defines teaching as, “showing or explaining”, and explain in its simplest terms is “to make clear, make plain.”  Making plain takes time and a dialogue to be sure each person within the exchange is in agreement, so with a class of 35 students and one teacher, one can come up with creative ways to “check for understanding”–hand signals,…

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The Human Element of Learning

In the relationship between the student and the teacher, when the personalities are in sync, then you know it.  A conflict–temporary or more on-going–can skew learning and create longer lasting consequences than just the school year.  Understanding any conflict, objectively, takes some effort on the teenager’s, parent’s and teacher’s parts.    What’s a general complaint?  What’s a genuine concern or…

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‘Twas the Night Before Choosing A High School…When No Parent Could Sleep

“High School, already?!?” For middle school parents, who may be simultaneously lamenting their Tween no longer being a child, while anxious about sensing the beginning of “all things teenager”, they’re faced with seemingly complex decisions regarding high school.  In my experience, many parents believe an acceptance into the “right” college and being prepared for said college, starts with choosing a…

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College Application Deadlines Making You Want to Scream?

Surviving the college application can test the patience and self-interests and emotional stamina and gumption and understanding and willingness of parents, as much as the Senior.  Sometimes, of everyone in the family all at once.  As a result, parents may find themselves thinking up choice names for Senior teachers over the past month and into December, as both the parent and students…

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To Take AP or Not to Take AP…

The number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes being offered and the rates of passing scores on the tests are increasingly being used as one criteria to rank high schools.  (Washington Post, Newsweek)  As parents become more savvy about the college admissions process, many know that the number of rigorous courses offered at a high school can affect the competitiveness of…

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