Friday, November 27, 2015

Good Advice on Bullying

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with Aija Mayrock for an interview about her personal experiences with bullying and how she came to write her book, The Survival Guide to Bullying, that is a big global hit.  Here is her website and below is the 15-minute interview we did together.

Watch to hear the advice she gives on
•  how a school can build an environment where there is no bullying
•  a list of good resources — books and videos
•  cyberbullying
•  recommendations she gives to
          ->  teachers
          ->  parents
          ->  a child who is being bullied
          ->  a child who is bullying

Also, you will hear her inspirational roem — rap poem.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hey, New Teacher, Don't Quit. It Will Get Better

For both beginning and veteran teachers, this is a must-listen-to report from npr.

"Hey, New Teachers, Don't Quit. It Will Get Better."

Having served as a Director of the New England New Teachers Seminar and as a Director of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Beginning Teachers Institute for many years, I know how important it is for veteran teachers to step up and support our newest colleagues. So much of our work as educators is working with our newest teachers and supporting their enthusiasm until they find their stride.

Friday, November 13, 2015

"Students Selecting Their Reading . . .

. . . with Guidance, Confidence, and Independence" is an article I wrote and was just published in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Independent Teacher magazine.

Read the article to learn "What is appropriate reading for our students? When is the right age and time to introduce sensitive books to them? How do we guide with a goal of letting students choose for themselves?"

Friday, November 6, 2015

Bad Boys

In a true The Simpsons style, i.e. animated shows and children's literature written on both child and adult levels, the book Bad Boys by Margie Palatini and Henry Cole is great fun to read. I'll let the brief video below serve as an "appetizer" to the book.