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Posts tagged with: teenagers

Let’s face it: No child wants to come home after seven hours in the classroom only to have to crack open their books once again. However, in most school districts, homework is just a part of life. Fortunately, there are...
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It’s no secret, but Covid19 has had a grave impact on the ability of students to graduate from 2 or 4 year schools. A recent Gallup poll of 6,000 student from the fall of 2020 confirmed these assumptions, as 49%...
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So it finally happened. That dreaded rite of passage. Three days after Pandemic Thanksgiving, my eight year-old daughter slipped off a chair and broke and dislocated both bones in her forearm. It was pretty stunning, as you might imagine. But...
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Here’s a thought-provoking piece from the Wallstreet Journal on why boys may be falling further behind. They do seem to have shorter attention spans in my household… Why Boys Are More at Risk of Falling Behind During Remote School Remote...
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When I was a teacher at six different institutions over the course of several decades there was one thing that remained consistent: my dread over parent conferences. Roughly 95% of those conferences were very pleasant and actually provided information about...
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In a recent podcast episode I recorded with Dr. Ellen Braatan, the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, we discussed the topic of the mental state of kids with anxiety during the pandemic. Ironically,...
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I’m often asked for reading suggestions as an English teacher, especially for the tweener age group. It’s a good question to ask at that age, given that’s typically when the seed of one’s reading appetite tends to take root. It...
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I’ve often wondered about overlap between anxiety, learning disabilities and ADHD. My assumption, as I think many teachers assume, was that the three go hand in hand. After all, having a learning disability such as dyslexia would be anxiety provoking,...
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I’ll never forget the warm sweat that would glide down the sides of my shirt as I crept up to the board when Mrs. Phelps would ask me to put a homework problem on the board for Geometry. The room...
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A thousand years ago, when I was a freshman at E.O. Smith high school in Storrs, CT, “passing time” provided a real life experience with the detritus that is slowed in a sludged drainpipe. The. panicked rush of smaller particles...
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