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The Excitement of Summer Reading

It’s early September, 2016. A crowd of energetic first graders gathers before the reception desk, talking excitedly. At first glance, you may think the kids are talking about their vacation trips or new LEGOs purchased over the summer. But no:… Read More

The Stormy Years of Middle School

Middle school students rarely know what they want to do with their lives. Oh, they think they know, and they will tell you, quite emphatically, what they absolutely want to do. And next week they will give you a completely… Read More

Why Read Books?

“Why read books?” A question which only decades ago would have been asked facetiously if at all has become increasingly relevant and serious in our digital age. Studies show that young people are giving up reading books in greater numbers,… Read More

Setting Aside Our Plans

Someone who was not a teacher once looked at one of my lesson plans and asked a bit skeptically, “Do you plan out every minute of every class, and does it really go the way you have it written down… Read More


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