Category Archives: Miscellaneous

You’re Doing Well…We Need to Talk

One of my students who struggles with executive function and time management came by after school to drop off a bunch of missing assignments and to get a list of what she still needs to finish by the end of … Continue reading

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Thoughts are Free; Actions Have a Cost

As a teacher, I am entrusted with your children, no matter who they are or what they’re like.  Every teacher has students we like and students we don’t particularly like; teachers who say otherwise are most likely not being honest with … Continue reading

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Shouts of Silence

A common discussion among educators is about the student who acts out in class, reminding us that there are always reasons.  Maybe this student suffers abuse or neglect at home.  Maybe a close family member has had a major health episode … Continue reading

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Time Commitments

In 2007 when I taught in Belmont (one of the wealthier suburbs of Boston), I observed that a significant number of my students expressed stress about their time commitments. I devised a survey +40

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Music Appreciation

I’m the son of a piano teacher who made it her life’s work to build children’s self-image and give them the tools to have wonderful lives, using piano as the medium. Much of what makes me a popular (and effective) … Continue reading

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Nerds as Heroes

I’m a nerd.  I’m proud of it.  I even have two “Nerd Pride” pocket protectors from MIT (different designs) to provide as evidence.  Because I’m a nerd, friends, co-workers, students, and acquaintances like to ask me what I think of … Continue reading

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Teacher Crushes

Teacher crushes are a common occurrence.  Even if you’ve never had one yourself, you don’t have to ask many people before you find someone who has had a crush on a teacher.  And yet, it’s a subject that almost everyone … Continue reading

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Gratitude

All of my students (except for two juniors) at Lynn English High School graduated today.  Of course I’m proud of them.  But more than that, I’m happy for them—happy for the doors that have opened for them and all the … Continue reading

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Pushing the Reset Button

On Friday, while I had cafeteria duty, I noticed a girl with a bruise on her face.  I asked her what had happened.  She said with a sheepish half-smile, “I got into a fight.  But don’t worry.  It wasn’t on … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Homework Assignments Past

One of the reasons that the first few years of teaching are much harder than later years is because teachers basically start out with nothing.  Ideas and lessons come from other experienced teachers, but teachers have to try the lessons … Continue reading

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