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Ahead of the Curve: Week of April 27, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 health crisis disrupting educational and instructional continuity, students, parents, and educators are asking and being asked questions about the current educational process, which is also spurring discussions about the value of education.   The following is a selection of education-related news stories from the past few weeks, offering insights about the shifts …

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Let’s All Imagine Genius

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Lady Aberlin and Daniel Tiger sing the genius of Mr. Fred Rogers. In a short five minute song, they share that we all doubt ourselves, anxious that our differences are what makes us unacceptable to others. Instead, Lady Aberlin, Daniel Tiger and Mr. Rogers encourage us to imagine that our differences define our unique genius. …

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Distance learning in meme

The million dollar question: How’s the distance learning going? It’s a mixed meme bag, according to college students’ own words. First, new protocols have developed for virtual learning: “When someone new joins a Zoom Chat” But, some things don’t change; no one wants to be the “try hard” no matter if in a virtual sense …

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Lessons to Learn from The Stanford Experience, Part 2

Students are transforming how they imagine their college experiences and reimagining their relationship with their university. Suddenly, with shifts to online learning and for many students, the eviction from on-campus residences, like those at Stanford, the loss of access to libraries, tutoring centers, guest lectures, panel discussions, late-night dorm conversations about the meaning of the …

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Senioritis Defined: When is school going to be over??!!!

From Sidney, a Class of 2019 Senior, over a series of text messages: Yep, I’m Squidward banging on the window on when school is over. And, Patrick is my [AP] teachers speaking to the class. In a monotone voice that makes all the seniors bored and sleepy. Also, Squidward is the representation of how seniors …

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To Learn Is..

To know yourself, in order to not be overly edited by others. Photo credit: unknown Related PostsGoogle in the Time of COVID-19 College Admissions Decisions: The Troll Underneath the Bridge or The Gateway to Oz The Many Definitions of Smart

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“The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same”

One hundred and sixty years ago, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “You may say the wisest thing you can, old man – you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind – I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that. One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded …

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Ahead of the Curve: December 3, 2013

From the News: Student Exchanges Between U.S. and Other Countries Rise to Record, New York Times November 17, 2013 College On The House, New York Times November 29, 2013 SF [San Francisco] Seeks Injunction to Stop CCSF [City College of San Francisco] Closure, San Francisco Chronicle November 25, 2013 From Our Clients: College Applications & …

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Ahead of the Curve: November 7, 2013

From the News: Black and White and in the Red: Student Newspapers Scurry to Make Ends Meet, New York Times October 31, 2013 Why Teach English? The New Yorker August 27, 2013 UC Classes Too Big, Teacher Aides Too Few, Report Says, San Francisco Chronicle November 6, 2013 [Note: UC refers to the University of …

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Knowledge Lives in the Now

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Past failure and success can no longer be experienced. Right now is where life happens. To fail or succeed are just two more concepts others like to hang around our necks. Then, as our life unfolds, we are shaped, corralled by the overuse, abuse …

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Learning with a Purpose

Let the semester unfold slowly–looking to make adjustments to your learning process–as your interactions with both the teacher and your other classmates set the tone for your learning experience. This is easier said than done, especially in the later years of one’s youth, when influence creep seems to be in full swing with the attendant …

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“The Three D’s: Death, Disease & Divorce”

When beginning to write college application essays, students often worry about having lived an “ordinary” life, under the assumption that a dramatic event is a compelling topic to persuade college admissions officers.   A few years back, a stressed-out Senior, with tears welling in her eyes, exclaimed to her dad, “Why couldn’t you have died?!?  Then, …

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The Great Math Divide

When a math grade goes south, often parents assume an academic tutor is the answer, as the problem must be a lack of understanding.   Students often draw the same conclusion, under the reasoning that the “teacher can’t teach.”   The latter sentiment of the student is what needs further examination; for while the student may …

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Part 2: Learning May Not Be Simple–The Student’s Perspective

In Part One of our “Learning May Not Be Simple” series, we discussed the complexities of presenting new information in an average classroom, as well as how a teacher’s management of the class can influence the learning process.  The following highlights the student’s perspective and the complications of understanding new information, particularly for high school …

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Aging Doesn’t Have to Mean Old

Why is five, more alive, than sixty-five?  As children, wisdom is simple, not contrived.   You’d think that with age comes wisdom, not so.  Somewhere along the way, wisdom dissolves into reason and logic, as my friends’ daughter reminded me the other evening. Related PostsA Chance to Ask Why Online Grading Systems: Friend or Frenemy? Peace …