Do you know how long teenagers are supposed to sleep for each night?
Most of what I dislike about our education system coalesces around final exams: the emphasis on memorization of facts, the confounding of memory with actual learning, the stress and sleep deprivation nearly all students experience (both system-inflicted and self-inflicted), the lack of any post-finals reinforcement (which encourages cram-and-forget)...
In my opinion, college fairs are the best way for students and families to learn about best-fit schools schools they might otherwise never have discovered. They're fantastic opportunities, but you might only have 2 or 3 hours with potentially hundreds of colleges attending. Here are my tips for getting the most out of any college fair you attend.
Students, Families, and Colleagues,
What will this space look like in a year? I have no idea! There's no plan here, just an opportunity to share what I think about on a daily basis.
Most of what I think about each day is how I can participate in making my students' lives better while also guiding them through legitimately difficult and consequential undertakings. I want my students to thrive, even when academic demands—and usually, a long list of other demands—seem to work against them doing that.
A lot of what I write here, I think, will be about that balance. I hope, and I really believe, that you'll find some of it useful.