Categorized as: Middle School

Encouraging the Artist in Every Child

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Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” A quick glance around an African-American friend’s home recently showed me that he and many of his relatives have, delightfully, not grown up. At least, not in the way that concerned Picasso. Read more…

How Parents Can Disengage from the Homework Wars

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Welcome to the new school year! In millions of households across the country, there is no greater drama than the nightly struggle to get kids to do their homework. How many parents would love to have a magic wand that could abolish the homework wars forever?  There actually is such a wand, figuratively speaking, yet it derives its power not from magic, but from the hand that holds it. Read more…

Four-Part Podcast Series on Raising and Educating Children in Today’s Culture

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Many thanks to Wendy Grinberg of URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) for contacting me after reading my article “10 Ways to Raise Resilient Kids in Turbulent Times” in The Huffington Post and inviting me to be interviewed for a series of podcasts on modern day parenting. We discussed all sorts of issues pertaining to boys and girls of all ages. It was a very interesting thing to do and a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy it! Listen…

Celebrating Teachers in a National Climate of Teacher Bashing

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If not for all of the towering displays at Target and Staples, I would refrain from raising the topic of back-to-school, if only to hold onto summer for just a bit longer. But the start of school is less than a month away in many parts of the country, it’s been very hot lately, and I can’t help looking forward to fall, cooler weather, and a renewed engagement in education and school life. Read more…

A DAY IN THE CLASSROOM: The student-teacher connection

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In New York Times columnist David Brooks’ recent piece in The New Yorker, “Social Animal: How the New Science of Human Nature Can Help Make Sense of a Life,” there is a small subsection I found of particular interest. Read more…