Personal Not Personalized: Inspiration and Self-Assessment in Middle School

As I prepared for our return to school this week, and found myself looking for inspiration to ward off the inevitable post-vacation blues, I was energized by how we are teaching students to work on one of the hardest skills in all of school: how to make learning personal. This has particular meaning for me because there is so much

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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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Sleep, Personalized Learning, Games, and a great geeky Gift Idea

Sometimes I relax by just skimming through the headlines and such on my digital reader, even if I don’t have time to read them. Like you, perhaps, I mark them in my reader apps (Evernote, Flipboard, and Pulse – there are so many other ones) then I come back later and read them. This week’s blend was particularly fascinating and

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Thinking about Hearts, Minds, and Hands in Israel

The time is quickly approaching when we will return together to share our summer adventures and begin a new school year. This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Israel with other administrators and teachers from independent schools in the Pittsburgh area. Our tour took us to schools and towns along the still young borders with Lebanon and Syria.

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Making Mistakes Count

As the Middle School knows from a story or two at announcements, I have taken on a home improvement project that is just outside my range of knowledge. To make matters worse, my project is renovating a bathroom, which involves plenty of plumbing. I like to take on projects and learn new things, but with a project like this mistakes

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