Monthly Archives: August 2011

Of Hurricanes, MLK, and making sense of the world

Yesterday was August 28, 2011. We’re in the middle of Hurricane Season, and although it did a great deal of damage in New England (especially Vermont), Hurricane Irene thankfully did not seem to do as much damage as predicted. Here’s … Continue reading

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Electing a President

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the United States will choose its president for the next four years. The process is already starting, and one of my former students (hi Lauren) was wondering about how the whole thing works… Barring something … Continue reading

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What’s going on in Syria? (part 1)

Note: to be fair to the title of this blog, I learned a TON yesterday at an all-day presentation by Will Richardson at Durham Academy (thanks to the kind folks at DA for letting me sit in). I am still processing the … Continue reading

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“First Day” of School

Many schools across the country and around the world are getting started. Teachers are getting ready for the “big day.” Matt Scully in Charlotte recently posted a nice piece with advice for new (and old) teachers for the first few … Continue reading

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What’s up with the economy? — Part 3

This is part three in a series of posts that aims to explain the current financial news to a sixth grader. New readers of this blog might want to click here to read the first post in the series. After … Continue reading

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What’s up with the economy? — Part 2

How do you explain what’s going on with the economy to a sixth grader? In my last post, (new readers, please read that first for context) I posed these nine questions about the economy, based on the front page of … Continue reading

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What’s up with the economy?

Let’s assume I’m a typical 6th grader. I heard something is up with the economy, and so, encouraged by my teachers to “start paying attention to the world around me” I see this front page from Saturday’s New York Times, … Continue reading

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