Joel Lurie Grishaver
1. “Why didn’t they come?”
There were forty families in the family class. At the most recent special event thirteen kids and five parents showed. I was asked, “Where was everybody—they love this class and I have been working with them since kindergarten?”
One of the themes that has guided many of the conversations in the JEDLAB Facebook group (now, in the middle of February, numbering over 2600 members) is how to take the rich conversations that take place in the cloud and apply them to real life.
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon
There is probably no word that grabs the attention of parents and educators as immediately, or strikes fear into their hearts as completely as “bullying.”
Before we get into it…A phrase of Emily Bazelon’s which I suggest keeping in mind when confronting bullying ( in real life or in a book) is “maddeningly complex, “. And it is.
Idie Benjamin and Dale Cooperman
“Awesome block construction!”
“Awesome cleanup, everyone!”
Awesome is breathtaking, magnificent, wonderful, amazing, stunning, staggering, imposing, stirring, impressive, formidable, fearsome, dreaded, marvelous, inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear
Awe filled with wonder, amazed, astonished, a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder More…
by Debi Swedelson Mishael
Many years ago, as I was reading a copy of Reader’s Digest I saw the “Potent Quotable” section and a light bulb went off. How many times have I been teaching a lesson and a student blurts out a pearl? What would happen if I used my students as the source of a classroom Potent Quotable Wall? This simple idea would forever fundamentally change the way students responded to discussions in my class. More importantly, it gave me the opportunity to recognize my students in a meaningful way for meaningful contributions.