Take care of yourself through your stories

I recently came across a wonderful book on my own shelf that I had not remembered in some time. It’s called Crow and Weasel, and is by a favorite author, Barry Lopez. It’s a deceptively wise book, filled with situations and characters that reveal nuanced views on life through extended Native American parables. Here’s a favorite quotation, which is now

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Young Reader Recommendations: books that deal with race

Last month, in the season of top-everything lists, NPR published a recommended list of books that deal with race for young adult readers. The list, which you can view here along with the many comments, piqued the interest of our Middle School English faculty, who know a thing or two about adolescents and how so many of them gravitate to novels about

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What to expect in a Middle School conference

Last week, I posted about why the conference is an important learning experience for students because it helps them develop their toolbox of learning strategies. Here is a follow up post about what you can expect in a Middle School conference, why certain items are chosen for the portfolio, and how we summarize these beliefs to students. The main idea

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Talking about Learning: Students Build Toolboxes of Study Skills

A main theme for us in the month of January, as we turn over a new year and approach the midpoint of the school year, is helping students see what we expect highly successful students their age to do on a regular basis. This may sound like something we do at every part of the year, which is true, but

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