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Girl doing math at board

While visiting classrooms in the Pacific Northwest region, I hear a lot of discussion about mathematical fluency. As fate would have it, I was fortunate enough to participate in a youcubed - sponsored class on "Mindset Mathematics" at Stanford University. The class was facilitated by Dr. Jo Boaler, an expert in the field of...

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School Safety Graphic

Turning on the evening news these days can make anyone feel anxious, and if you have kids it can be overwhelming to see a school incident in the headlines. As parents, we are always thinking about our children’s safety. We rely on our schools to maintain robust policies to keep our children from harm’s way.  And we are...

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Middle School Girl WritingWhile pondering the direction of this blog post, I realized that Ed Jr., my son, loves to read, but Emma, my daughter, is much happier writing. In fact, Emma’s goal is to be a published author someday. What should Emma be doing as a student to get ready for a career in writing? What are best practices for writers? If Emma loved to read like Ed, would she improve her writing skills?

According to many new and experienced authors, the key to their success in writing is “reading and writing”. Read all the time. Read a broad range of...

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Middle school boy with cell phone in class

I received a call from Ed Jr. while on my way to work today. “Dad, my cell phone is acting up so we need to go to the phone store tonight when you get home from work.” I replied that I thought we could wait until this weekend since he really does not need his phone at school. My son exclaimed, “Dad, you can’t possibly mean that! Some of my teachers let me use it in class.” 

Ed Jr.’s response made me curious; do schools really allow students to use their cell phones in class? How does this affect learning? I...

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Teen X-country Runner

I just received a text from Ed Jr. “Hey Dad, I’m going to stay afterschool for cross-country try outs. Can you pick me up at 5:30?” Ed’s a freshman in high school this year and for the first time ever, wants to participate in school sports. His sister, Emma, is always staying after school, but it usually has to do with her friends. “We’re trying out for the school play, Dad” or “I’m going to help with the 7th-grade dance tonight, Dad.”  I wondered what research had to say about the extracurricular...

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