A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

By Kyle Spencer for The New York Times Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile. “Let’s see,” he said one morning this spring. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. I…

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Nana Cracks the Case!

Nana Cracks the Case! is the story of Nana and her wacky adventures.  The book is reviewed by Sweet on Books. What you need to know: • Nana Cracks the Case! is a terrific new series (hopefully! they promise more are coming) that is not the usual, formulaic stuff that our kids are growing a little bit used to –…

Horses as Healers

By Lorna Shepardson for yesmagazine.org “Rusty, I promise to keep you safe and I need you to keep me safe, and if I make a mistake I want you to forgive me, and if you make a mistake I will forgive you.” If you overheard this conversation, you might think that Rusty and this person have a trusting relationship.  They do.  Yet,…

Ask Dr. Blank

Mary asks: “How do we tap into all learners’ sense of agency, idealism and their social imaginations, i.e. their capacity to imagine the world, as it should be, and the tools and capacities to act?”       Over the past several years, the approach to “reforming” education has consisted largely of criticism and condemnation. As a result, we often…

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

By Jean M. Twenge for TheAtlantic.com One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. “We…