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Game Day: Morning Minutes, May 31, 2016


Though it has been some years since I have coached any athletic teams, what I am feeling this morning is not unlike what I always felt in anticipation of the big game, race, or match…

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Their Thoughts: May 30, 2016


As a student and a daughter, I know how my parents feel about communicating with teachers. As a student and a daughter, I know what my parents expect from teachers. My parents are very strict…

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Can’t Fix It If We Can’t Face It: Morning Minutes, May 27, 2016


In school, as in life, we come across tough topics. And while sometimes it would be easier to avoid and ignore such topics, our doing so doesn’t make the problem better; in truth, it often makes…

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Ya Never Know: Morning Minutes, May 26, 2016


I suspect this will seem an odd post to many of you, for it is certainly different from what I normally post, but I felt compelled to share the above image to tell a story…

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#kidsarecool: Morning Minutes, May 25, 2016


Yesterday, we began presenting our final Independent Learning Projects for the year. This is the fourth project we have done, and though the project has evolved in ways that I did not necessarily desire or…

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Shaky Legs: Morning Minutes, May 24, 2016


Think about it… LSAT, MCAT’s, Praxis exams for teachers in the United States, bar exams for lawyers, CPA exams for accountants, driver’s license tests, auto mechanic’s certification tests, pilot’s license exams are all allowed to…

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Words of Wisdom: Morning Minutes, May 23, 2016


Over the last week there have been a number of student posts on my blog. One of the requirements of our Real-World Writing Project was to join a bigger conversation, which meant that kids had…

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tough LOVE: Morning Minutes, May 20, 2016


“The truth is the educational system has created [a] lack of confidence with its command-and-control environments. Students are given rubrics and study guides. They sit through mini-lessons and endless modeling. All this hand-holding creates a…

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The Messy Middle: Morning Minutes, May 19, 2016


“It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about.” –Dr. Immordino-Yang, from Emotions, Learning, and the Brain http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2016/05/04/to-help-students-learn-engage-the-emotions/?_r=0&referer= “Hey, Sy, can I do my project on…” “That depends. Is…

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Building Rocket Ships: Morning Minutes, May 18, 2015


I cannot change it if I don’t change it. By now, my readers know how I feel about the status quo, the ritual rut that represses change, clawing and clinging from the deep crevasses of…

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