When I was an elementary school kid, Scholastic News and Time for Kids did a decent job of addressing current affairs.  I appreciate Scholastic because they recruit students to be journalists, an honorable and tireless vocation.  How do you talk to your kids about current affairs, esp. the difficult ones?  Debt ceiling, starvation in Somalia, natural and human-made crises.

Child and adult talking

As the parent of an 8-yr-old, I understand that we adults have a balance between our excitement for a child’s energy of discovery and the anxiety we experience when the child takes physical risks.  Honor what is inside both adult and child.

Are there really only 50 Dangerous Things you should let your child do?

DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY: A provocative title for teachers and parents alike.  What do you think?  If schools kill creativity, what are the alternatives?

Cover of the Digital Book: 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

You don’t even need to know what a browser or the Internet is to start surfing the web. But doesn’t ignorance get in the way when your router goes out or your pages aren’t loading, and you can’t diagnose or fix the problem?  The folks at Google Chrome put out this cheeky digital book with Curious George-like graphics for the post-tweener crowd.

Collaborative Wisdom: Teacher Dare Day


If you had to describe why you want to be a teacher in ONE sentence, what would it be?

The mentoring relationship between child and adult is the fundamental core at the heart of human life