Sitting in a classroom of high school students, overhearing their conversations that are filled with gossip and unkind words, "I can't take it anymore... that's enough." That only stops the unkindness for a moment, it needs to change, and the words need to be understood.
There once was a school/where people were always right./They knew they were right . . .and they were proud of it.
When my guidance counselor tried to prevent me from applying to the colleges of my dreams, Dr. Ferrer was the first person to walk with me down to her office. He demanded that I apply to whatever college I wanted, he said, because I was just as capable as my peers.
In this hyper-connected, on-line all-the-time culture, it has never been more important to disengage and slow down. Adults have been doing it for years -- through yoga and the increasingly popular practice of mindfulness, which is generally described as the state of being attentive to the present moment.
It is time to push back. It's time for parents and school administrators to form a united front against a well-intentioned but woefully misinformed government that is forcing curriculum and standardized testing on our kids.
As a nation, it behooves us to consider how we prioritize various learning experiences. As millions of high school students leap through the hoops and hurdles of the next 9 months of the school year, we must look beyond short-term gains in specific skills and knowledge toward their longer term needs and desires.
I love other people's stories. I see a family , a woman eating alone, a man in a biz suit, two friends chatting, a group of teenagers hanging out... and I'm curious.
I have often felt that I am missing much of the joy I could be getting out of a book by reading it in class instead of on my own.
Seeing what happened to him, and to so many others, taught me a tough lesson: Without the presence of caring adults and support systems, students often leave the public school system feeling unwanted and rejected.
I know, I know; many people say that resumes for high school students are a waste of time. They are wrong. The way I have students use them, activities resumes are a critical part of the admissions process. Let me tell you how and why.
As we all return to school, I want you to remember that without your teachers, you wouldn't be studying to be an engineer, or a doctor, or the next big app developer. As you face your inevitable successes, remember the people who put in countless hours to put you there.
I learned a lot at the PennApps hackathon. Sitting in on several talks, meeting hundreds of new people and gaining great inspiration, my first hackathon is an experience that I will never forget.
I hated high school. Just like my daughter, I was shy, self-critical, approval-seeking and incredibly sensitive. She has all of these qualities, and on top of that, she's battling nausea, extreme fatigue and stomach pain due to her oral chemotherapy medication and her anti-rejection medication.
Last week, I shared a TED-Ed animated riddle with my students. In less than four minutes, the whimsical video lays out in the simplest of terms a zombie-themed version of a classic type of logic puzzle
A digital presence is no longer a nice-to-have for high school students. Competition is high, and schools across the nation -- and world -- are preparing their scholars for a 21st Century workforce.
Parents who assume that the letters after "PSAT" are just some arcane footnote do so at their own -- and their child's -- peril.