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  1. Feb 15, 2017

    Making Time for Quiet 

    Do you sometimes feel as though the only words that carry any strength are those that are loud; that the thoughts behind those words are less important than their decibels and flash? I’m quite sure I’m not alone when thinking that my fellow humans, in our Snapchat, Twitter world, need to slow down and think […]

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  2. Feb 09, 2017

    Let’s Talk Math

    Mathematics is a subject of great importance to parents and teachers alike as a skill-set for success in life but often can be approached with fear, frustration, and even loathing by many adults and students.  As a studio art major raised by an engineer, I have lived this tension up close within my family. Math […]

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  3. Feb 01, 2017

    The Marketplace of Ideas

    I am largely a product of the 1980s. The first song that I requested on the radio was “Jump” from Van Halen’s classic “1984” (I was 11 years old). At one point I had a gigantic Swatch watch wall clock in my bedroom, and my favorite video game was Atari’s “River Raid.” In the theaters […]

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  4. Jan 24, 2017

    Bringing Math to Life

    Student engagement is key to a successful classroom. Projects that organically draw a student’s interest allow for a natural course of learning. Our goal as educators is to empower students with the confidence to leverage their real-world experiences and impact the world as innovative thinkers and global leaders. We have to give them opportunities to […]

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  5. Dec 19, 2016

    Giving Our Children a Safe Place to Land

    My initial goal was to declutter. I read the book, I made the commitment, and I began the process. I thought I would start in my closet. As I took out piles of sweaters trying them on for size and style, I worked my way to the bottom of the stack and found a too small, out of […]

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  6. Dec 14, 2016

    The Last Great Race Engages Young Minds

    The Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place every March in Alaska on a trail from Anchorage to Nome. It is sometimes called “The Last Great Race.” Although the race is over 1150 miles long, it is officially referred to as 1,049 miles because Alaska is the 49th state. Why did we think we could […]

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  7. Dec 07, 2016

    A Year Spent Building a Writing Community

    It all started with a simple desire—to make the transition from 8th to 9th grade as smooth as possible for the students. In addition to evaluating and tweaking curriculum, we thought it would be helpful to, and enjoyable for, the students to be part of a writing community. Sharing similar methods and philosophies on the […]

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  8. Nov 30, 2016

    The Middle Is Just Right

    I’m sometimes shocked by people’s reactions when I tell them I work with middle schoolers. Oftentimes, I receive an agape expression followed by a slow why? The response is typically pungent with consternation, wonder, and maybe even a little bit of disgust. I have to step back for a moment and remember my own years […]

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