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HELPFUL TIP: Slow yourself down a bit and make sure you understand what the question is asking you. Is it asking for meters or cubic meters? Is it asking for X or X+Y? Is it asking which sentence to eliminate...
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HELPFUL TIP: Avoid eating sugary or greasy foods on the day of the test, and limit what you eat a few days ahead of time. Ever had a stomach ache when you took a test? Doesn’t exactly make for ideal...
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HELPFUL TIP: Standardized tests are as much a test of mental endurance as they are of the quadratic formula or punctuation. Push yourself to take the three hours on a Saturday, Sunday, or over a break (say from the Coronovirus!)...
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The kids were already out of school when the Coronavirus touched down, thank god.  What’s funny is that its arrival was sort of announced when Tom Hanks announced he had contracted it and the day the NBA was suspended.  Kind...
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“I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain “It was a Saturday night at Taft, slumped over in the common room of the dorm like a warm jello, I realized that this teaching life would kill...
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Tom was an overgrown boy, with shaggy brown hair creeping out of the sides of the baseball hat he usually donned, and a soft-spoken demeanor.  He was intelligent in the analytical sense: he could readily solve a problem or a question...
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Greenwich— 10/28/19 — Alliance Tutoring, an organization devoted to transitional tutoring has formalized its relationship with The Anxiety Institute of Greenwich, providing outpatient service to teens and young adults suffering from anxiety and anxiety related disorders. Alliance works with those...
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Defense mechanisms take all forms in teenagers; sometimes they masquerade, ironically, as the obvious.  I taught one girl several years ago at Taft, a hockey player, who, upon entering the class for the first time, announced loudly in front of...
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Cheryl Wilson, an assistant principal in Columbia, South Carolina perfectly captured the process of helping a teenager back on track with compassion in the following anecdote from her experience: My first year as an administrator, I encountered a young lady...
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In a recent TED talk, Charles Hazelwood, an orchestral conductor, recalls the early days of his career when he likened his conducting to a “rabid windmill.” The more animated he became with his body, the poorer the results.  Trust cannot be...
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