It’s Time To Start Gossiping

She’s right, you know.  The above is one of my favorite quotes of all time, said by a woman I truly admire.  I’ll admit it: I used “gossiping” to draw you in (hi!).  We adults should not be modeling destructive, judgmental talk in any way.  We can, however, discuss people and their actions to enrich a child’s vocabulary.  Eleanor Roosevelt…

Transform How Kids See the World

One of the biggest mistakes that we can make as educators and adults is to let kids go through school thinking that learning only happens at school.  In fact, it should be made clear early on that school is where you get the tools, and the world is where the real learning happens. Unfortunately, with the…

Getting Beyond “Yes” and “No”

If we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us find comfort in thinking that we have some control over our lives.  Being predictable is often perceived as better than being unpredictable, and many people set up their lives so that routine prevails and surprises are minimized. When we meet somebody new, we often call upon…

Don’t Grow Up To Be “That Guy”

Using public transportation to and from New York City each day has given me ample opportunity to observe a wide variety of human behavior.  It has also allowed me to build up a surprising amount of angst towards particular behavior that seems to be repeated over and over. The following list encompasses some of the…

Stop Telling Kids They’re Smart

What do you think of when you hear the word “smart”?  What does it mean to you?  More importantly, what does it mean to be the opposite of smart? When I was young, I had a pretty easy time with school;  things came quickly to me, I never really needed extra help or support, and…