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Meet Sal Khan and Khan Academy

Khan Academy has been around for a number of years. “In 2004, Sal Khan, a hedge fund analyst, began making math tutorials for his cousins. Twelve years later, Khan Academy has more than 42 million registered users from 190 countries, with tutorials on subjects from basic math through economics, art history, computer science, health, medicine…

Healing Effects of a Massage

As a holistic healing method, massage therapy has been in use for thousands of years across the world. However, somewhere along the way around the beginning of the Common Era, massage became more of a recreational privilege for the rich in Roman courts. Gradually, it lost its use as a therapeutic intervention for treating injured…

Children Are Quick

These came from a recent friendly email . . .  TEACHER: Why are you late? STUDENT: Class started before I got here. ____________________________________ TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. __________________________________________ TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’ GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’…

A Must Read for School Communities

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown is a powerful best selling book. It is currently #4 on the NYTimes Bestsellers list. The book is a perfect read for school communities. Faculty, middle and high school students, and parents will learn so much about race, class, dignity, DEI (Diversity, Equity,…

Stories For Children . . . and Parents

Reading to children has always been a treat for me. During the pandemic, I have not been able to be with them in their classrooms, so I read to my iPhone and passed the links on to the teachers and parents. Here are the links to most of my video reads. Hope they can help…

School Online Resources

So much is happening in education—on all levels—and will continue into the summer, fall, and the 2020-21 school year. In January a colleague of mine took on the role of Head of School of ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership) Academy, which is a 100% virtual school (grades 7-12) affiliated with the Dwight School. He passed…

In Spite of COVID-19, Never Give Up

I love this video for kids, teachers, AND parents. It provides a little boost in life and what we need as we go through “paralysis analysis” in determining next steps for our children, schools, AND homes. [embedded content]

A Look at the Pandemic

I find myself asking what are we learning from this historic pandemic? Some thoughts and resources . . . Humanity is far better off when everyone is working together, rather than forming tribes and forcing people to care for their tribe rather than caring for humanity, especially when we look at the world population. In…

Netflix to the Rescue

With the pandemic and quarantine restrictions, we find ourselves looking for things to do with our kids and ourselves. Netflix to the rescue. As reported in theLos Angeles Times on April 21, “The company gained 15.8 million global subscribers, surging ahead of Wall Street’s expectations of 7.6 million. It now has a total of 183 million…

Autism: A Fresh Look

I first posted information on autism on June 24, 2010 with Loving Lampposts – A Movie About Autism. Next came Neurodiversity posted August 26, 2016 and then, Neurodiversity: A most Important Word & Topic, which was posted March 31, 2017 and featured Steve Silberman’s popular TED Talk and his precious book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.…