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Posts filed under: Education

The NWEA recently put out it’s projections for summer learning loss following the pandemic and the implications are grim. Learning loss is the normal average expected decline in a students performance when they drop the books and head for the...
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4. Let them see when you fail: This one falls in the category of avoiding the “do what I say, not what I do” syndrome. I haven’t been a kid in about 25 years, and I still feel pissed off...
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The summer between when I graduated high school and the beginning of college I remember very well. I was working at Shady Glenn restaurant in Bolton, CT, and wearing one of those pointy white hats while scooping ice cream and...
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A recent article written by Bill Murphy Jr. considered seven scientifically proven areas to focus on to produce a successful child. I will summarize all seven and discuss my observations with them in a narrative hypothetical case study, as well,...
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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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