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A solid two thirds of the students we serve suffering from anxiety are triggered by the practice of writing an essay. Many of them get really stuck in the initial phases of writing, overwhelmed by the prospect of the whole...
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After a fall of tragedy, the spring has brought a season of great unpredictability. There was (tempered) optimism when the sun came out and the vaccination process began to pick up steam. The issue of variants still hung in the...
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As the roller coaster of Covid continues with now newly spiking numbers (thanks, Florida…), it is a time for reflection on the re-integration into school, again disrupted by the pandemic. While it is now widely accepted that Social Emotion Learning...
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The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article covering the parents in New Jersey suing the state to return to in-person classes over concerns that remote learning has sapped their kids’ enthusiasm and interest in school. While I empathize with...
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As I’ve stated previously in Graduating Anxiety and in previous columns, the role of memory is over-stated even in the best educational programs. Rote memorization is a quaint relic of a bygone era, love it or hate it. I knew...
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Many of the students I’ve encountered in tutoring have hit the perfectionist block and been quite stuck. This tends to happen with high functioning students, in particular, but not exclusively. I’ve tutored & coached a number of them going to...
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A recent poll by NPS/IPSOS found that 29% of parents are planning on sticking with remote learning, regardless of their school policy. I found that number surprising, given that it seems like there is a major push country-wide to get...
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In early February there was a horrific incident involving OWN TV Host’s 16 year-old son. The boy suffered an accidental overdose taking Xanax, which turned out to be laced with Fentanyl. Among the many reasons it was shocking was that...
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The Washington Post recently published an article reiterating the importance of caution when it comes to social media for college applicants. While not new advice, this caution is especially important now with inflated application rates (and thus rejection rates) with...
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A recent commissioned study by the Chronicle of Higher Education determined that 55% of higher ed faculty are considering a switch to another career. Oddly enough, 33% of tenured professors, even, are considering a change. It goes to show the...
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