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“Small Class Size” Is a Misguided Fetish

“I believe in small class size,” said the politician. All the parents and teachers nodded.

Small class: good. Large class: bad, right? No, actually.  Continue reading

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What Parents and Teachers Could Learn from Diplomats

What does it mean to be diplomatic?

  1. Don’t skip the niceties.
  2. Find common ground.
  3. Choose your words carefully.
  4. Seek input and be ready to listen.
  5. Watch your body as well as your words.

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“We Don’t Call Her Weird”

“Snoop’s power is mind control, and his weakness is ants.”  “Glue guns are useful for everything in the world, except for gluing two planets together.”
“This animal is afraid of ketchup.”
“All flies are tiny, except the bigger ones.”
“We don’t call her weird. We call her rainbow.”

What do all these quotations have in common? Three things: all were delivered by kindergartners last week, none are clichés, and all reflect the creative power of the young minds entrusted to our care. Continue reading

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I Hate Him

“I hate him,” said Gabby when I asked her to tell me about her teenage son. Continue reading

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