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STEM, STEAM, and STREAM? You Don’t Have to Choose

Let me just say it and get it out of the way:  there’s nothing wrong with STEM.  Science, technology, engineering and math are all good pursuits.  President Obama put out the call in his 2011 State of the Union Address, igniting a movement to teach studen ...

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Happiness: An Ancient Pursuit

We all want to be happy. Though we might try to hide this fact, or perhaps feel guilty of the desire, a good portion of our energies are dedicated to the pursuit of happiness. Those of us that are a little shy about it need only to look to the Declaration ...

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Three Ingredients For Success In School

I have watched hundreds of young people walk the halls of New Covenant from kindergarten to graduation. They move on to the next chapter of their lives ready, I hope, to succeed at their next endeavor. Listening to Dr. Tamara Long, our guest last week at ...

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New Research on Classroom Tech

New Covenant administrative staff continuously reviews the place of technology in our pedagogy and curriculum. In recent years we have surveyed our graduates in college who have given very specific feedback on the computer skills they felt they needed to ...

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Three Great Untruths, pt 3

We sometimes teach our children things we don’t intend. These are “untruths” that can hamper effective parenting and classroom instruction. The third untruth is that the world is structured as “us vs. them.” This untruth relies upon an assumption that hum ...

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Three Great Untruths, pt 2

We often teach our children things that we don’t intend.   In the previous article in this series, we examined the first “Untruth” we unconsciously teach -that children are fragile.  We noted that, rather than benefitting from being protected or rescued f ...

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Three Great Untruths, Part 1

We sometimes teach our children things that we don’t intend. When I was a child we went to the beach often because Daytona was only about an hour away. My mother would routinely warn me about the undertow, you know, that current that pulls at your legs wh ...

It Ain’t Funny

It Ain't Funny Rereading Reinhold Niebuhr’s essay Humor and Faith reminds me that humor is the exclusive domain of human beings.  While my dog demonstrates noticeable “joy” when I take her to my office off leash, and while she is often amusing to me, I ...