College experiences can be as varied as the campuses that provide their settings. Still, most include a broadening world view, expanding academic horizons and a growing circle of friends.
He shook me off halfway to the sidewalk. "Mom. I've got this." He trotted towards the school without a backwards glance. My throat burned again as I watched him.
I am the mum who smiles bashfully at other mums walking in the opposite direction after already dropping their kids at school. I am the mum who has perfected my nod of solidarity to other parents racing in consistently late alongside me as we battle to win the race not to be last.
Why can't I do what most other people seem to find so easy? Why can't I simply learn to sing, and then sing better than I did before? And hold on to it?
Don't get me wrong, I love my friends and family from my home town, but studying abroad made me realize how boring my little suburban town is and how much there is to do out in the world.
It's no secret that adults who complete their degree have increased quality of life and put themselves in a better position to negotiate a raise or garner a promotion. But how do you keep that resolution alive? How do you make steady progress and stay on track?
Ten year old Piero ( imaginary name) wakes up every morning at six a.m. He washes his hands and face, brushes his teeth, combs his hair, gets dressed and rushes down the stairs.
This leaves principals and school administrators tasked with conducting teacher evaluations in a rapidly changing educational environment that can be unfamiliar if not altogether intimidating.
In choosing aphorisms, I always made a point of exposing students to different viewpoints and cautioned them not to accept any aphorism as true until they have critically evaluated its claim. I suggested that they think of at least three strong arguments both for and against each aphorism's truth
Parents involve themselves in every aspect of school life, from running in every time their child has a problem, to falling over themselves to be parent helpers on school trips. And it doesn't stop at the school gate; so afraid are we of our kids making mistakes or doing things wrong that we hover over everything they do, like some kind of over-zealous quality control system.
While you enjoy your winter break, next semester may be the last thing you want to think about. But if you want to make it the best one ever, we both know that now is the time to start preparing.
I remind myself that as a teacher, I need to give myself permission to be a human. To make mistakes. To feel pain. To be a real live person with ISSUES and STRUGGLES and HEARTACHES and SORROW. We as teachers don't completely check our lives at the door when we come to school.
The eco world is all abuzz over aquaponics as the latest go-to green technology. It is an effective method for raising seedlings and fish farming in closed-loop systems. With this knowledge, Schools for Sustainability trekked across an island to find this still-rare system in action in a country that has been using aquaponics since pre-Columbian times!
We've all got that one person we had a crush on when we were at school. That one person who stays indelibly printed on our mind and makes us feel weird every time we think about them for the rest of our lives. The person that will forever be fifteen years old to us, even though they must have grown up too.
My second grader brought a test home from school, some sort of comprehension test, reading and vocabulary. I noticed she got a couple of questions wrong, so I wanted to look them over to see what exactly she was not comprehending, not understanding. What follows is the actual conversation I had with my 8-year-old regarding a question she got "wrong."
When students are looking for their best fit in a university, there are dozens of metrics to consider, such as specific academic programs, sports teams, location. But it's good to have an overall picture of the best schools too--the whole experience