Category Archives: Technology and Education

Frustrating Teenager Behavior: What’s a Mother to Do?

Diane whose teenager, Laura, hadn’t earned her allowance “in forever” because she never finished her chores all the way, decided to try a different tack and ask Laura for some advice. Diane said, “I have an employee who wants to … Continue reading

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Now it’s the Adults who Must Run to Catch Up

In the living room of a friend’s house on the 4th of July, our wide ranging story-telling drifted into stories of conflict, especially times when we had turned adversaries into friends. One of us mentioned Getting to Yes, and we … Continue reading

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The Game of Being an Involved Parent

Children have to learn good decision-making by actually making decisions, but that doesn’t mean parents need to back off. It means changing the quality of the involvement. The game of being an involved parent keeps changing. That’s a good thing. … Continue reading

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Teacher Authority and the Business of School

Sitting in the speaker’s chair at morning meeting Claire presented a yellow silk scarf to her class. As she spoke she floated it through her hands and around her neck, all eyes of her second grade classmates were on her. … Continue reading

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Building Strong Brains: The Real Reason Schools Need Environmental Education

One day second grader Miranda said: “I was in the garden looking at the tomatoes with Patrice and Josh, and we saw a wasp tackling a fly.  Then it tore the fly’s head off and flew away with the body.  … Continue reading

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